Whether you like soaking up the summer heat or playing in the snow, there’s something to enjoy every season in Shipshewana/LaGrange County. While events, attractions, and activities dot the calendar year-round, we summed it up with 10 reasons why you should visit us in 2019:
1. Pajama Sale – February 2
What better way to start the day than roll out of bed and head straight to the stores? All day February 2 footie pajamas and robes are the “in style.” Come stay the night in Shipshewana and wake up the next morning to start cashing in on the incredible Pajama Day Sales throughout town. On top of that make sure to enter your name in the many giveaways and drawings. Maybe you’ll even win some more spending money.
2. Live Entertainment
Every year the level of entertainment we host in Shipshewana gets better and better. And ones who’ve already performed here keep coming back for the awesome crowd. You can catch any of these musicians, comedians, and other acts at the Blue Gate Theatre, Shipshewana Event Center and our new Michiana Event Center. Don’t forget about Blue Gate’s well-known musicals, including “A Simple Sanctuary” which is brand new for 2019.
3. Amish Culture
If you weren’t already aware, the LaGrange County region is the 3rd largest Amish community in the country. That’s what makes us so unique. Indulge in the local culture through food, tours, history, and buggy rides. The Menno-Hof is the best place to start out for some background on the Amish way of life. And new for 2019 experience an Amish Dairy Farm first-hand. A fascinating educational experience for any age.
4. Shipshewana Flea Market
There’s nothing more satisfying than going home with a great find. And where else to look but the famous Shipshewana Flea Market. The largest in the Midwest, there’s a booth for everyone’s tastes. Make sure to cover every inch of the grounds, there’s new vendors every year, plus your favorite veteran vendors. It’s a spectacular experience.
5. Shipshewana Quilt Festival – June 19-22
Every year the Shipshewana Quilt Festival grows more and more. For its 11th year, the Quilt & Vendor Show is moving to the larger, new Michiana Event Center. Keep June 19-22 open because you won’t want to miss this year’s show. Not to mention the workshops, lectures, barn quilt painting, and schoolhouse hosted by professional quilters ready to share their tips and tricks. Enrollment opens March 1, but Quilt & Vendor Show tickets can be purchased at the door.
6. Outdoor Recreation
The new year brings new greenery (well, eventually), and there’s plenty of space to take it all in. LaGrange County is home to 5 county parks open to the public to enjoying hiking, biking, swimming, archery, and more. If the open water is more your speed visit one of our 70 lakes, or paddle down a scenic river with T&L Canoes or Trading Post Canoe. Better on land and two wheels? The Pumpkinvine Trail will take you along the old railway from Shipshewana all the way to Elkhart, even connecting to more trails. Plus, the smooth pavement makes it an easy ride.
7. Guided Tours
What better way to enjoy the area than being chauffeured around. Hop aboard Blue Gate’s bus for one of their signature Amish tours. Want to ride like a local? Buggy Lane Tours and Miller’s Buggy Line offer anything from a quick trip around town to an extensive farm tour finished off with an in-home Amish dinner. Any tour you take, it’s a great opportunity to hear about Northern Indiana living from a local’s perspective.
8. Barn Quilt Trail & Walldog Murals
LaGrange County has its own form of unique art in our Barn Quilts spread throughout the region. These blocks may look familiar to a quilter, but can be appreciated by anyone. New patterns and designs are added every year, so there’s always a fresh look out on the back-roads. If you’re in town Shipshewana strolling through the streets, stop to appreciate the Walldog Murals. Painted a few years ago, these murals are a great representation of the local history.
9. Shipshewana Corn Maze
I know fall just finished, but it’s a beautiful season here in LaGrange County. To capture the crisp air, get lost in the Shipshewana Corn Maze. With a new design every year, we’re anxiously waiting to see what 2019 will look like. If you’ve watched too many scary movies over the years and a corn maze isn’t for you, they have plenty of other games, a petting zoo, pumpkin slingshot, and more for every age to enjoy.
10. Christmas in Shipshewana
Christmas really is the most magical time of year in Shipshewana. Just drive through town and you’ll realize why. We start early in the year with the Lighting of Shipshewana Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony happening at the beginning of November. That leads the way for Lights of Joy drive-thru, which was new for 2018, as well as many festive events and musical performances. Plus, everyone has Christmas shopping to do, so why not shop our unique, local stores. It may be another year away, but we look forward to seeing you next Christmas season!
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