Celebrate the 4th of July in Kokomo!

The Fourth of July weekend in Kokomo is jam-packed with family fun!  Don’t miss all the great activities going on in the city.  The best part?  It’s all FREE!

Celebrate Kokomo’s legacy of automotive heritage during the Haynes-Apperson Festival in Downtown Kokomo on June 30 through July 2, 2011.  The festival will be open on Thursday & Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday Noon-11 p.m.  Admission is free.  Enjoy carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, and large sports festival.  Don’t miss the free cruise-ins on Thursday and Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. and Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show on Saturday from 4-7 p.m.  Other Saturday highlights include annual parade at 2 p.m. and great fireworks show at 10 p.m.  For complete schedule of events, visit the festival website at www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show in Downtown Kokomo

Don’t forget the fantastic music!  The Haynes-Apperson Festival will have a great line-up of concerts this year, including InsideOut at 6 p.m. and Here Come the Mummies at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.  Friday night concerts include Jessie Brown at 6 p.m., Paul Stout Country at 7:30 p.m., and LoCash Cowboys at 9 p.m.  The Joe Cameron Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. to open for Boyz II Men at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.  VIP tickets are available at Palmer’s Jewelry, Granson Jewelers, and at the information tent at the festival.  All concerts are free and located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo!

In conjunction with the Haynes-Apperson Festival, celebrate Automotive Heritage Days at the Markland Mall now through July 2, 2011.  Kokomo’s first motorized fire engine is on display, a 1915 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine.  Admission is free.    

See daring aerobatics at the Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air Show

Next, head to the Kokomo Municipal Airport on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air Show.  The event will feature the Checkertail Clan’s T-6 Texan, P-51 Mustang, and many other WWII Warbirds.  Also, Greg Aldridge in his Super Chipmunk, Mike Wild in the Super Decathlon, Bob Richards’ amazing Pitts performance, Dick Darlington in his Pitts S2, Al Hoover in his Stearman, and more!  The Air Show will feature jet acts and aerobatics, and there will also be a large static display of classic, antique, hot rod cars, and a skydiving demonstration at 10 a.m.  Tickets will be available for the pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more details, visit www.KokomoWingsandWheels.net.  

Finally, head to the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on Monday, July 4th at dusk.  Of course, during the weekend don’t forget to visit Kokomo’s attractions, museums, and beautiful parks.  For information on lodging, dining, and Kokomo attractions, visit our website  www.VisitKokomo.org.

Visit the 2011 Chocolate Celebration For a Sweet Time!

One of my all-time favorite annual events in Kokomo is just around the corner, and my sweet tooth is ready!  J. Edwards Fine Chocolates will present the 9th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the Kokomo Mall.  Local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, and chocolate connoisseurs will offer their special (and delicious!) chocolate creations from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  My advice is come early for best selection!

Chocolate-dipped strawberries offered at 2010 event

Red Velvet Kisses offered at 2010 event (red velvet cake covered in chocolate - one of my favorite selections from last year!)

Chocolate lovers will be in paradise with the large variety of sweet desserts available, including brownies, cheesecake, flavored coffee, cookies, hot chocolate, cake, crème brulee, cupcakes, pastries, truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit, fudge, and many other tempting chocolate treats.  I am, of course, a HUGE chocolate fan and look forward to what will be offered at the event each year.  There is definitely something for everyone, including Valentine’s Day gift items you can purchase for your sweetheart or family members if you don’t enjoy chocolate yourself.  Visit their website for a list of items that will be offered this year.

J. Edwards Fine Chocolates' 2010 booth featured desserts & beautiful gift items

Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery served their decadent Chocolate Porter Cake in 2010

This is one day of the year that I completely enjoy devouring chocolate desserts for lunch.  However, if you wish to eat first, several vendors will offer lunch items, and Grace United Methodist Church will sell soup and sloppy joe sandwiches in the Kokomo Mall.   

Admission to the Chocolate Celebration is free.  Tickets are 2 for $5 and can be redeemed for one chocolate treat of your choice.  Tickets are available at the event or in advance at J. Edwards Fine Chocolates and Samaritan Caregivers.  Plan now to satisfy your sweet tooth at this great annual event!  For more information or to see more photos from last year’s event, visit their website.

2010 Taste of Kokomo is Coming

Restaurant vendors offer their best dishes at the Taste of Kokomo

The Taste of Kokomo will be held on Saturday, August 21 on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo from 5:00-11:00 p.m.  One of Kokomo’s most popular festivals, this annual event brings everyone together for a great time and of course, tons of delicious food!

Kokomo restaurants and specialty food shops will offer up a selection of menu items and house specialties, including appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even drinks.  Be sure to definitely bring a big appetite!   

Enjoy it all at the Taste of Kokomo - don't forget about dessert!

Besides the good food served up, the streets will be rockin’.  Live entertainment will be playing on two corners of the Courthouse Square.  The event also includes kid’s activities and a beer tent.  Don’t miss this year’s Taste of Kokomo!  

Entry tickets are $3 per person.  Kids ages 5 & under admitted free.  Presale entry tickets are available for $3 and includes 2 free food tickets.  For more information, call the United Way of Howard County at 765-457-6691 or visit their website.

Kokomo New Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate the start of 2010 in Kokomo! 

Come to Kokomo’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo.  Starting at 10:30 p.m., enjoy live music from the Joe Cameron Band and finish off the evening with the annual Kokomo TechnoKats Ball Drop and fireworks show at midnight.  Admission is free. 

If you will be visiting the Kokomo area this holiday season, we hope you join in the festivities as we ring in the new year!  For more information on Kokomo, check out our website www.VisitKokomo.org.

Experience the Taste of Kokomo!

Enjoy all kinds of foods at the Taste of Kokomo

Enjoy all kinds of foods at the Taste of Kokomo

Can’t decide where to go for dinner?  Burgers and fries?  Steak and ribs?  Pizza or tacos?  No worries!  Attend the 12th Annual Taste of Kokomo this weekend and you can have it all!  30 local restaurants will offer up signature menu dishes during this annual event.  In addition, there will be 8 live bands, 2 adult beverage stations, and a special section just for kids.  

The bands scheduled to perform include:
Brent Evans & Lost Luggage
Old Dudes That Rock
Rogers Ritual
Falling Higher
Uncle Jimmi

Taste of Kokomo 2

Bring the entire family for a great evening of delicious food, rockin’ music, and fun for all ages!  Admission is $3 per person and kids ages 3 & under are free.  The Taste of Kokomo will be held on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo from 5:00-11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15.  Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Howard County.  Don’t miss this great event!