By Darla McCammon
Collect your family and go on some adventures this summer. Many events, displays, fairs, exhibits and more await you. Just because school is out does not mean there has to be an end to learning. New things can be fun and educational. We will share a few of these opportunities with you.
The Shipshewana flea market will take place from June 4 through 26 from 8 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. It is free to attend the event. There’s fine art, crafts, homegrown stuff and more. Nearby you will find a museum about the history of the Amish culture.
Turtle Days at Churubusco takes place form June 12 to 15. There is a great mixture of fun, booths and entertainment.
Friday, June 14, is a date you will remember if you go to Decatur. Twenty-seven new sculptures will be on display until April 2020. Other activities include food trucks, activities for kids, performing dance teams, a chalk walk, a Plein Air Paint out with prizes and more. The whole town is participating to give you a wonderful day. This is a free admission event. Sculptures will be revealed at 6 p.m. in the square downtown.
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Roanoke, there will be a vintage and handmade market.
On June 15 and 16, South Bend will host the Leeper Park Art Fair. The fair will take place at 900 N. Michigan St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. There will be $3,700 in cash awards.
The Oakwood Fine Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22. It’s free admission for an event filled with food booths, roving entertainment, and children’s art experiences, all while enjoying the views of Lake Wawasee.
Did you know artists are always welcome to set up and paint or demonstrate their work at any of the Warsaw First Friday events? July 5 is Warsaw’s next First Friday event, “Hometown Picnic,” which will offer free burgers, watermelon, and artist Janice Strahley.
Did you know that you can enter the Kosciusko County Fair competition for free? It’s a great way to build your credentials in multiple areas of interest. Do you like to do artwork, garden, knit, sculpt or cook? All of these and many more categories are open for your talented entry. Get started right now because entries need to be delivered to the fair from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6. Then go back to the fair and enjoy all it offers and find out if you won. Pick up your free 2019 fair book listing all areas open for you to try your luck. The fair takes place from July 7 to 22.
Next week, we’ll discuss more free excursions and events for the summer.
If you have an event you would like to mention, please contact Darla at (574) 527-4044 or by e-mail at [email protected].
- Warsaw City Hall will display works by Tona Bondar and Avon Waters through August.
- The Gallery at Rua in Warsaw is displaying works by Warsaw High School students and Christi Ziebarth through July 21.