Free Summer Concert Series Returns to Foster Park

2012 RibFest

2012 RibFest

Visitors and residents alike will again enjoy free concerts in Downtown Kokomo’s Foster Park – all summer long!  All concerts are FREE, which is truly amazing considering the well-known headliners set to perform this season at the Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion.  Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy these free open-air concerts.  Find detailed information at www.KokomoSummerSeries.com or follow updates on Facebook.  Here is the 2013 summer line-up!

June 8, 2013 – RibFest featuring An Evening of Motown with The Contours with Sylvester Potts with special guests 23-10, The Pummels, 26 West, Token Blue, and Shiny Penny.

June 14, 2013 – Georgia Satellites with special guests Rodney Collins Band and The Easthills.

June 22, 2013 – Symphony in the Park featuring 1964: The Tribute to the Beatles with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra

June 28-29, 2013 – Kingdom Come Festival featuring over 20 bands (visit website for complete list)

July 4-6, 2013 – Haynes-Apperson Festival featuring Blue Oyster Cult (Thursday) with special guest Misfit Toys, Here Come the Mummies (Friday) with special guest Shiny Penny, and Night Ranger (Saturday) with special guest the Eric Steckel Band.  VIP tickets are available – info at www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org.

July 20, 2013 – Family Day in the Park featuring Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Terry Sylvester, formerly of the Hollies.

July 27, 2013 – Cyclefest featuring The Kentucky Headhunters with special guests Roger’s Ritual and the Troy Stone Band. 

August 2-4, 2013 – Weberfest – 3 days of great music.  Friday: Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes with special guests Two Cow Garage, Grifters and Shills, Nashville Regulars, Walker County, and Dicky James and the Blue Flames.  Saturday: The Original Wailers with special guests Jason Skaggs Band, Hannah’s Pocket, Fossil Generation, No Coast, and Rodeo Ruby Love.  Sunday is Kids Day at the Park featuring Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.  In addition, Food Truck Revolution held Saturday during concerts with several gourmet food trucks on site.

August  10, 2013 – Rhumfest featuring Kokomo’s own Sylvia with many of Rhum Academy of Music’s finest

August 17, 2013 – Taste of Kokomo featuring LoCash Cowboys with special guests Uncle Boozie, Paul Stout Country, Jason Skaggs Band, Rewind, and Inside Out.

August 24, 2013 – Pink Droyd Laser Light Spectacular performing “Dark Side of The Moon” in order followed by their greatest hits with special guest the Pete Flores Band.

Besides outstanding concerts, Kokomo offers unique local dining, shopping, walking trails, parks, interesting museums, tours, recreation, and a full schedule of summer events! Download the Visit Kokomo mobile app or check out our website for fun getaway ideas in Kokomo/Howard County.

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Josh Yocum of Kokomo’s Comfort Inn presented with 2013 Hoosier Hospitality Award

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presents Josh Yocum of Kokomo's Comfort Inn with the Hoosier Hospitality Award

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presents Josh Yocum of Kokomo’s Comfort Inn with Hoosier Hospitality Award

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Josh Yocum of Kokomo’s Comfort Inn with a 2013 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony on May 8, 2013 at the Indiana Statehouse.  Twenty representatives of the tourism industry earned the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.

Josh has been in the hotel industry over 10 years and is currently the Front Desk Manager.  He was acknowledged for the care he takes to ensure each patron receives exceptional service and for going above and beyond the normal duties of his position to help all staff with everyday tasks in the hotel.  Josh was nominated by Marlo Stevens, General Manager of the Comfort Inn Kokomo, for doing  a fantastic job at the hotel.  His on-going service to visitors was recognized in a recent letter from a guest which stated that he did an “outstanding job of making our visit very special.”  The guest also stated that “during the snowstorm, he kept us informed, comfortable, well fed, and treated us as family.  We’ve traveled all over the world and the Comfort Inn Kokomo was the best hotel we ever experienced, because Josh looked out for us and all other guest.  He has excellent customer service skills.”

The Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau congratulates Josh on receiving this award, and we thank him for his outstanding service to visitors in Howard County!

Sweet Poppin’s and Front Porch Pretzels named Indiana Artisans

Local Kokomo businesses Sweet Poppin’s and Front Porch Pretzels have been named Indiana Artisans.  Indiana Artisans supports entrepreneurs who create high-quality art, crafts, and value-added foods in the Hoosier state.  Artists are juried into this state-wide group.  There are nearly 250 Indiana Artisans across the state, including over 80 foodists.  We are proud to have two of these Indiana Artisan foodists from Kokomo!

Sweet Poppin's gourmet flavored popcorn

Sweet Poppin’s gourmet flavored popcorn

Sweet Poppin’s, located in Downtown Kokomo, makes gourmet flavored chocolate covered popcorn in many indulgent flavors, including Pralines & Cream, Lemon Pound Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Peanut Butter Popcorn.  Since their inception, over 30 popcorn flavors and/or combinations have been created.  Visit their website to find out why this heavenly treat is “a dream come true!”  Sweet Poppin’s popcorn can be purchased online or at their shop located at 107 East Sycamore Street.

Jams made by Front Porch Pretzels

Jams made by Front Porch Pretzels

Using all organic ingredients, Front Porch Pretzels makes hand-rolled soft pretzels, specialty breads, pies, and soups.  However, they were juried into Indiana Artisan with their delicious jam made with organic fruit.  Jam flavors offered include strawberry-rhubarb, pear-apple, dutch apple pie, and blueberry.  For more information or to place an order, call 765.455.2085 or follow them on Facebook.

To find out more about Indiana Artisans throughout the state and the process to become designated by this program, visit www.IndianaArtisan.org.