A treasured Shipshewana tradition hit the road again for its twelfth year on Friday, July 23rd, 2023. The Moonlight Ride is a yearly fundraiser to benefit local families, and is always well attended, and full of riders of all types. And it’s not just a ride, the entire event encompasses entertainment, meals, games, and demonstrations. This year there was Horseback Basketball, World Champ Reiner Bill Thomas, and Ohio and Indiana Equestrian Drill Teams. There’s also giveaways, a silent auction, and sweet treat vendors on-site. This year’s Moonlight Ride had more than 500 riders!
The event starts out with supper, comprised of chicken, pork burgers, baked beans, Amish fried pies, and more from 4-8pm at the Michiana Event Center, with the entertainment starting at 5:30, and the Moonlight Ride of 11+ miles, starting at dusk. Riders are then treated to breakfast when they return about 1am.
If you want to participate next year, just mark your 2024 calendar! The Moonlight Ride takes place every year on the last Friday evening in July and is open to the public. Anyone can ride, and wagons or buggies are welcome as well.
There is no RSVP needed to ride but you can call Lonnie Miller at 260-350-4637 to sign up. 20+ outriders are outfitted with two-way radios and dispersed among the moonlight riders to make sure everyone stays safe and with the party. Entrance fees are by voluntary donation, but reflective vests are required, and can be purchased on-site. Event info can be found here.