Don’t Miss All the New Activities at the 2011 Taste of Kokomo

Get your taste buds ready for the Taste of Kokomo!  New features have been added to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.  Held on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo, the event will run from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011.  Admission is $3.

The Taste of Kokomo will offer a large selection of a variety of foods from over 30 local restaurants, drinks from Mid America Beverage, and great live music with eight bands playing throughout the night on two different stages.     

The Kid’s Corner will feature kid’s games, inflatables, sand art, crafts, and special appearances by a few superheroes.  In addition, a new Big Top event center will be set up on the corner of Main and Sycamore Streets.  Learn to make your own beer or watch as professionals and amateurs compete for the glory in cooking competitions and mixology.  Here is the schedule of special events and competitions:

10:00 a.m. Backyard Grillmaster Challenge
This event will kick-off the Taste of Kokomo with a barbeque cook-off in Downtown Kokomo.  Cooking teams will fire up the grills at 10 a.m.  People’s Choice voting will be open to the public from 12-3 p.m.  The best in burgers, ribs, and chicken will be announced at 4 p.m.  

4:00 p.m. Chopped Cooking Competition
This is an amateur cooking contest, and entries will be given a “bag” with several cooking ingredients that must be combined to make the best entree. Judges will determine the winner.

5:30 p.m. Homebrew 101 with Half Moon
Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery will bring their brewmaster to the Taste of Kokomo to teach the fine art of making a great beer at home.  Samples will be sold.

7:00 p.m. Throw Down Competition
Two teams of local cooks led by two local professional chefs, JoAnn Rozzi and Angie Martino, will compete in the best of Italy.  “Viva Italia” will have four judges and samples of the great fare will be sold.

9:00 p.m. Mixology Competition
Come down and support your favorite bartender as they compete in speed, accuracy and finesse.  Watch as bartenders make a layered drink called the Kokomo Wildcat Cocktail, made popular by Da Roux House.

Both Hoops on the Square and Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub will each host an afterparty starting at 10 p.m.  Both bars will offer great late night specials and music.

You won’t want to miss this fun annual event!  Plan to bring the entire family to the 2011 Taste of Kokomo!  For more information, call United Way of Howard County at 765-457-6691 or visit their website.

2010 Kokomo Summer Festivals

Visit Kokomo to get your fill of food, music, fireworks, and great family fun at one of our fantastic summer festivals!  Starting this weekend with the Western Days Festival, enjoy non-stop fun throughout the summer festival season in Kokomo and Howard County.  I can hardly wait for my first elephant ear and lemon shake-up!  Here is a preview of the festival line-up this summer.

Western Days Festival – June 4-6
Downtown Russiaville (8 miles west of Kokomo)
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9 am – 11 pm & Sun. 11 am – 5 pm
Celebrating 150 years of the “Pony Express”, this annual festival has it all — craft vendors, tons of festival food, car show, parade, antique tractor show, carnival rides, demonstrations, live music, contests, and fireworks.

Kokomo RibFEST

Kokomo RibFEST – June 12
Downtown Kokomo – 4:00 pm – Midnight
Even the largest appetite is no match for the endless variety of ribs, pulled pork, and other great food offered during RibFEST!  Live music, kid’s activities, a beer garden, and contests will also fill the evening.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 1-3
Downtown Kokomo
Hours: Thurs & Fri. 5-11 pm and Sat. Noon – Midnight
This annual festival celebrates Kokomo’s proud automotive heritage and as the Home of America’s First Car (invented by Elwood Haynes in 1894.)  Enjoy car shows, food, crafts, carnival rides, fantastic bands, sports tournaments, large parade, and fireworks!  Some of the entertainers this year include LoverBoy, Amanda Overmyer, Wang Chung, LoCash Cowboys, and the Joe Cameron Band.

Howard County Fair – July 12-17
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown
Festival-goers will get their fill of food, great music, carnival rides, vendors, 4-H animals & exhibits, stunt driving entertainment, antique tractors, Pioneer Village demonstrations & much more.  Visit their website for a full schedule of events!

Taste of Kokomo

The Taste of Kokomo – August 21
Downtown Kokomo – 5:00-11:00 pm
Great food is the highlight of this popular festival!  Kokomo restaurants will feature a variety of local specialties, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts!  A variety of bands will perform throughout the night.  A beer garden and kid’s activities will also be offered.  A great way to try a little taste of it all!

For more information on Kokomo festivals, call 800-837-0971 or check out the Kokomo Calendar of Events on our website.


Strawberry Festival is Coming to Downtown Kokomo

Usher in the summer festival season at the Strawberry Festival in downtown Kokomo on Thursday, June 3.  Delicious Amish-baked shortcakes topped with sweet strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and fluffy whipped cream make this festival one of my favorites!   The giant strawberry shortcakes will be served for only $5 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (or while quantities last!)

Fresh local-grown strawberries will be available to purchase as well as kettle korn.  John Rosborough and the Sound of Music All-Stars will provide toe-tapping entertainment.  Strawberry Festival is a perfect time to stop for lunch at one of the great restaurants in downtown Kokomo, and then have dessert while enjoying the start of summer with friends, family, or co-workers.  

Advance tickets can be purchased at Community First Bank, The Pointy Pencil, Baja Burritos, Palmer’s Jewelry, and the Kokomo/Howard County Chamber of Commerce, all located in downtown Kokomo.  Join us at the 2010 Kokomo Strawberry Festival for a sweet time!  For more information, call the Kokomo Downtown Association, 765-454-7926.

Western Days Festival Starts Friday

Celebrate old fashion Western Days in Downtown Russiaville on May 29-31.  This weekend will be packed with fun activities for the entire family.  Here are some of the highlights:

Friday, May 29
Queen Contest
Branded Bluegrass in Concert
Tortilla Throwing & Bubble Gum Blowing Contests

Saturday, May 30
Town-Wide Rummage Sale
“Russiaville’s Got Talent” Contest
Karaoke Contest

Sunday, May 31
Car Show
Gospel Singing
5K Run/Walk

Activities throughout the weekend include:
Antique Tractor Show
Carnival Rides/Games
Historical Society Exhibit
Arts & Crafts
Live Musical Entertainment
Chainsaw Carving Demonstration
Lots of Great Festival Food!

Festival is located 8 miles west of U.S. 31 on State Road 26 in Howard County.  For more information, call the Russiaville Town Hall at 765-883-5739.  Go to for a full list of special events in the Kokomo area!