Celebrate the 4th of July in Kokomo with Haynes-Apperson Festival & Fireworks!

Haynes Apperson Festival banner

The Fourth of July holiday brings fun, fireworks, and the annual Haynes-Apperson Festival in Kokomo!  We invite you to join us as we celebrate our community’s history and automotive heritage.  Admission is free.  Enjoy food, rides, car show, cruise-ins, sports, parade, and fantastic outdoor concerts in Downtown Kokomo’s Foster Park on July 4-6, 2013.

All concerts are free, and headliners include Blue Oyster Cult (July 4), Here Come the Mummies (July 5), and Night Ranger (July 6.)  Parade will be held Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m.  Fireworks will be Saturday night around 10 p.m.  For a  complete schedule of activities, including parade route, amusement ride bracelets, and entertainment line-up, visit www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org.

Also, celebrate the Fourth during the annual fireworks show at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown on July 4, 2013 at dusk.

For more information on special events, tours, and family fun in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App!

Discover Family Fun at Kokomo Beach

Kokomo Beach is officially open for the 2013 season!  Cool off at one of Kokomo’s most popular summer attractions!  Features include leisure pool, lazy river, high-energy water slides, competition/lap pool, children’s splash pad, slide tower with tube and body slides, and food court area.  Kokomo Beach, located at 804 W. Park Avenue, is open daily now through August 4, 2013, and open weekends through August 25.  For more information, call (765) 456-7540 or visit their website.

Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

KOG Expands Glass Tours & Celebrates 125 Years in Kokomo

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Producing art glass in Kokomo since 1888, Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) celebrates 125 years in business this year.  And if you have not taken the tour, now is the time!  Recently expanded, public factory tours are now offered five days a week – Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Their fascinating tour takes you through the glass-making process, including production, packaging and shipping, along with unique glimpses into the Hot Glass Studio (where beautiful custom glass pieces are blown, pressed, and hand cast), stained glass restoration, and special project areas.  Call (765) 457-1829 to schedule group tours.  When planning your visit, please note that no open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops are permitted in the factory.

For more information on glass production in Kokomo or to shop online, visit www.kog.com.

KOG Hot Glass Studio

KOG Hot Glass Studio

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Kokomo Wings & Wheels Air Show – Indiana’s Largest Air Show in 2013!

Kokomo Airshow

Airplane and car show enthusiasts are invited to attend the Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air & Car Show, this year’s largest air show in the state of Indiana, on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Kokomo Municipal Airport.  Visitors will see warbird and aerobatic aircraft (both in the air and static on display), along with motorcycles and antique and hot rod cars.

Show starts at 1 p.m. and admission is FREE!  Breakfast and lunch will be available to purchase on the grounds.  For a list of activities and air show acts, visit www.KokomoWingsandWheels.net.

“Corvette Summer” Exhibit Opens in Kokomo

Corvette Summer Exhibit 1

The Kokomo Automotive Museum launched its latest exhibit “Corvette Summer – Celebrating 60 Years of America’s Sports Car.”  The exhibit will be on display through August 16, 2013 and includes a 1958 roadster with matching trailer, 1963 String Ray Coupe (split window), and 1978 Pace Car replica.  In addition, several vintage films depicting Corvettes of this golden era can be seen in the display, along with period advertising posters.

Here are some photos I took during my recent visit.  Besides this special exhibit, the museum has over 100 vintage cars on display in its impressive collection.  The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call (765) 454-9999 or visit www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

Corvette Summer Exhibit 2



Corvette Summer Exhibit 3