LOVE CHOCOLATE? Don’t miss this sweet event!

2015 Chocolate Celebration 2

Go ahead and indulge during the 14th Annual Chocolate Celebration, an event celebrating all things chocolate!

Double Chocolate Jubilee Cake, Chocolate Mousse Torte, Oreo Cheesecake, Chocolate Cherry Cookies, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popcorn, Candied Bacon Samoa Cupcakes, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie are just a few of the indulgent items that will featured during this year’s event.  My mouth is watering already!  See a full list of items here.

Tickets are 2 for $5, with each ticket redeemable for one delicious chocolate treat of your choice.  You can purchase tickets at the door.  Arrive early for best selection!

Chocolate Celebration will be held at Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington Street, on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers.  For more information, visit their website or call (765) 453-7611.

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2015 Visitor Profile Study Findings Released

A visitor profile study was conducted in Kokomo/Howard County earlier this year.  The 2015 study found that most travelers visit Howard County to see family and friends, attend local festivals and events, or conduct business or corporate travel and stay for a short trip; and that the community ranks highly with visitors for hospitality, safety, family-friendliness, and affordability.

Artist Alley

Artist Alley in Downtown Kokomo

The study was completed by Certec, Inc., a Lexington, Kentucky-based firm specializing in destination research and market analysis, and found that over one-third of Howard County visitors come to the community to see family and friends, while another 28 percent visit the area to enjoy local events or attractions.

Sixty-two percent of those surveyed say they visit Kokomo for a short trip lasting 1 to 3 days. The findings are also good news for the local economy: in addition to visiting friends and relatives, visitors listed shopping, dining, and attending area sporting and entertainment events as top activities during their stays in Howard County.

Kokomo Municipal Stadium

Kokomo Municipal Stadium

Furthermore, over 85 percent of those surveyed stated that they are either “completely satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their tourism experiences in Howard County; in fact, less than 1 percent were not at all satisfied with their experiences.

Other key findings from the report:

  • Primary markets for Kokomo visitor travel were Indiana (non-Howard County), Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan
  • Typical visitor party includes 3 people who stay for an average of 2.4 days
  • Popular attractions for visitors include Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center, Seiberling Mansion, Elwood Haynes Museum, Kokomo Opalescent Glass, and Kokomo Automotive Museum
  • Overall, visitors averaged 4 trips to Howard County in the past 2 years
  • Nearly 87% of visitors say they are likely to return to Howard County in the next 2 years

Learn more about our recent visitor profile study here.

Indulge in Kokomo’s Chocolate Celebration on Feb. 6th

chocolateWhere can you find raspberry brownie parfaits, double chocolate cookies, banana split cheesecake, chocolate-covered fruit cups, and dark chocolate caramel cupcakes?  At the 13th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Friday, February 6, 2015! This sweet event will be held at Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene at 2734 South Washington Street from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There is no admission to the event with free samples at many of the booths.  Tickets are 2/$5, and each ticket may be redeemed at any of the Chocolate Celebration booths for one chocolate item of your choice.  Arrive early for best selection!

Many booths will also have specialty items for sale – perfect for Valentine’s Day!  New to this year’s celebration, bring your smartphone along and connect on Twitter by live tweeting pictures of your favorite treats using #chocolatecelebration @SCaregivers.

This is one delicious event for a great cause!  Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers.

Want to find out more?  Call 765-453-7611 or check out the chocolate page at www.samaritancaregivers.org.

Fun Holiday Events in Kokomo

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday's Hometown Holiday

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday’s Hometown Holiday

Enjoy a variety of fun, family events this holiday season in Kokomo!  Here are some highlights:

“Scrooge – The Musical” presented by Kokomo Civic Theatre  will be held on November 21-23, 2014 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium.  Don’t miss one of the best musical adaptations of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”  Visit www.KokomoCivicTheatre.com for ticket information.

Shop local!  Find locally-made gifts and delicious baked goods at the Kokomo Winter Market, located inside the Historic Train Depot on Buckeye Street.  The Winter Market is open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday through December 20, 2014, and a perfect place to find unique holiday gifts!

Make plans to visit Christmas at the Seiberling – a local holiday tradition.  Explore the Seiberling Mansion, adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths, angels, and thousands of lights – elaborately decorated both inside and out (including 20 rooms on all three floors!)  Opening Night Lighting Ceremony will be Saturday, November 29, 2014 starting at 6 p.m.  Enjoy tours, cookies and wassail, visits with Santa, and carriage rides (reservations required for all carriage rides.)

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue through December 21, 2014.  Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday 1-4 p.m.  In addition, the Mansion will be open several weekends for special evening tours!  These dates include December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19.  Thanks to local sponsors, free admission will be given on December 4, 18, and 19.  Check out www.HowardCountyMuseum.org for more details.

Join us on December 5, 2014 for Kokomo’s Hometown Holiday during First Friday from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  See the lighting of Downtown Kokomo with caroling, holiday window displays, and a holiday parade to the Historic Train Depot where Santa will be waiting!  For more information, visit www.FirstFridayKokomo.com.

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

In addition to Downtown Kokomo, check out fantastic light displays at Highland Park and We Care Park (Kokomo’s largest holiday light display with over one million lights and dozens of animated displays, opening on Thanksgiving night!)

Looking for a way to stay active this holiday season?  Participate in the Rudolph Family Fun Run on December 6th in Downtown (starting at Kokomo/Howard County Public Library) or the Jolly Jingle 5K Run/Walk on December 13th in Kokomo’s Highland Park.

For a list of all events going on in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Kokomo on FOX59’s “Your Town Friday”

Photo Credit: FOX59

Photo Credit: FOX59

FOX59’s Kristin Kane and Scott Jones came to Kokomo today for their Your Town Friday segment.  In case you missed it, a recap of their visit and videos can be seen at: http://fox59.com/2014/08/15/your-town-friday-heads-up-to-kokomo/.

Three great local businesses were highlighted, including Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Martino’s Italian Villa, and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles.  They also previewed the Taste of Kokomo, one of Kokomo’s largest events featuring lots of great local food, live music, kid’s activities, and fun food contests and competitions (like the Hot Wing Eating Contest and Taco Throwdown!)  Benefiting the United Way of Howard County, the Taste of Kokomo will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5:00-10:30 p.m. in Downtown’s Foster Park.  Admission is free.

Thanks FOX59 for making Kokomo “Your Town Friday!”

August Trip Ideas in Kokomo

Kids are starting to go back to school, but there are still plenty of warm summer days left this month.  Check out these Kokomo trip ideas!

1.  Attend the Taste of Kokomo and see David Cook in concert!  Enjoy local cuisine, fun food competitions, kid’s activities, and great live music all evening including  American Idol winner, David Cook.  Admission is FREE!

2. Get a double dip ice cream cone or fro-yo and indulge in one of the simple pleasures of summer!  Check out our website or mobile app to find ice cream shops in Kokomo.

3. Check out a live comedy show at the Laugh House.  Visit www.laughkokomo.com for a list of upcoming shows and ticket prices.

4. Enjoy a picnic in Highland Park or take a walk or bike ride on the trails in Kokomo.  Have kids?  Make it fun by creating a scavenger hunt!  See who can find the most items on your list.

5. Shop for fresh produce and baked goods at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market.  Weekly activities also include live music, demonstrations, and kid’s activities.

6. Experience local racing action at the Kokomo Speedway or Kokomo Quarter Midget Racing Club.  (Kokomo Speedway will have fireworks after the race on Sunday, August 31, 2014!)

For more ideas of things to do and great upcoming events, check out our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.  Connect with us on Twitter @VisitKokomo and share your Kokomo summer fun ideas and photos!