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  • May 14, 2018 @ 3:12:28 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Antique Lovers

    Whether you are passing through for the day or spending the weekend, you will want to take time to visit these great antique shops. Make sure to add in a stop for food at one of our fabulous restaurants or our award-winning wineries to make your visit complete. Read More

  • March 27, 2018 @ 4:56:08 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    2018 Jay County Events

    For Immediate Release:

    FROM: Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau

    118 S. Meridian St., Suite C Portland, IN 47371 260-726-3366

    CONTACT: Gyneth Ausgburger Executive Director director@visitjaycounty

    Spring 2018 Jay County Event Headliners

    Bursting with a whole host of family fun is the 4th Annual Midwest Shutterbug Scale Model Show & Picture Car Show occurring Saturday, April 7th. Doors will open at 9 AM and a Show Awards Program will be given at 4 PM. The show is occurring at the Jay County Fairgrounds, located at 806 E. Votaw St., Portland. Best of Show, Concessions, Vendors and DJ Fast Eddie will be entertaining the crowd. While attending, make sure you sign-up for the incredible Door Prizes and Giveaways. Free admission for all Show spectators. For additional information about the Midwest Shutterbug Scale Model Show & Picture Car Show, please contact Ed at 260.273.1447

    The Sportsman Outdoor Show, Sale & Auction will hold its 3rd Annual event at the Jay County Fairgrounds, 806 E. Votaw St., Portland. The 3-day Show, which is set to occur on Friday, April 13th (5 PM—9 PM), Saturday, April 14th (8 AM - 5 PM) and Sunday, April 15th (10 AM—4 PM) is devoted to all sportsman and will include displays of campers, ATV’s, golf carts, tools, boats, trailers, tools, hunting and fishing equipment. Enjoy over 100 vendors, including those featuring many wildlife mounts. There will be 2 different Sportsman Consignment Auctions occurring at the Show on Saturday. Admission is $1 per person for Show attendees. For more information about The Sportsman Outdoor Show, Sale & Auction, please contact Ron at 260.251.3906 or

    For more information, check out a comprehensive listing of Jay County event happenings by clicking the "Events" icon at

  • February 14, 2018 @ 4:32:24 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    AMA’s National Model Aviation Museum Celebrates Black History Month with Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring African American Pioneers of Flight

    AMA’s National Model Aviation Museum Celebrates Black History Month with Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring African American Pioneers of Flight

    Visit the National Model Aviation throughout the month of February to learn more about the history of African Americans in aviation and celebrate Black History Month. The museum will host “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight”—a Smithsonian traveling exhibition—to honor the history of African Americans in flight, as well as a speaker series on February 10, 2018. The exhibition will open at the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Ind., on February 1, 2018, and will be on view through the month of February in honor of Black History Month.

    The Wright brothers signaled the arrival of the new air age with their historic flight in 1903, they sparked America’s new fascination with and exploration of flight. And while many African Americans were enthusiastic about flight, they still faced racial discrimination and were denied access to formal training as pilots and mechanics. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight” chronicles the powerful group of aviation proponents who challenged these obstacles and created their own legacy in the world of flight.

    “Black Wings” will open at the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Ind., on February 1, 2018, and will be on view through the month of February in honor of Black History Month. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the MetLife Foundation.

    On February 10, 2018, the National Model Aviation Museum will host a special speaker series featuring members of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) who will be sharing their experiences in the aviation industry. Returning panelists include Captain Albert Glenn (OBAP) and John Graham (FedEx), and joining them will be A.C. Glenn (F3A Team USA). The discussion will begin at 1 p.m. inside the gallery of the National Model Aviation Museum. Admission to the panel discussion and the museum will be free of charge for members of the community.

    The exhibition is based on the book “Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African

    Americans in Aviation and Space History” (HarperCollins, 2008) by exhibition curator Von Hardesty of the National Air and Space Museum.

    The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, is a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, and memorializes the national development of aviation and space flight. Learn more online,

    SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at

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    The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936 serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 200,000 modelers in more than 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft and drones for recreation and educational purposes.

  • November 21, 2017 @ 11:38:26 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Celebrate The Holidays in Jay County

    Alt Text Explore Jay County’s upcoming events and feel the warmth of the Holiday season! Jayland is bustling with a wide array of events and extended business hours that will meet your entertainment and shopping needs. Make plans now to gather the family and see what Jay County has to offer this Holiday Season. Jay County’s historic Courthouse will host the Grand Illumination event on Friday, December 1st at 7 PM. This event features over 20 uniquely decorated Christmas Trees, along with garland placed throughout the spacious Courthouse interior. The Courthouse is located near downtown Portland. Admission is free. Please contact the Jay County Chamber of Commerce at 260.726.4481 for more information about the Grand Illumination event.

    On Saturday, December 2nd at 6 PM, make sure you catch the Parade of Lights Celebration in Downtown Portland. The Parade’s Winter Holiday theme includes over 25 entrees. High School Marching Band, local government/business leaders and Santa will make their parade appearance. If you have any questions about the Parade, please contact the Jay County Chamber of Commerce at 260.726.4481

    The Ornate Holiday Home Tours are set to occur on Sunday, December 3rd from 12 PM through 5 PM. There will be 5 venues available to tour in Portland. Tickets are $5 each and are required to attend this event. Tickets are available at the Jay County Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 118 S. Meridian St., Portland or call the Chamber at 260.726.4481

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    Jay County’s Northern Community of Bryant will be having their Annual Craft Show on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 AM to 3 PM. The craft show will include various vendors who will be selling their holiday merchandise. This event is held at the Bryant Community Building. Admission is free. If you would like to learn more about the Bryant Craft Show, please contact Judy at 260.997.6418

    Enjoy touring the Jay County Historical Society’s Museum by way of candlelight on Saturday, December 2nd from 6 PM to 8 PM. On Sunday, December 10th from 1 PM to 4 PM, the Museum will host Family Day. This special Museum event features several free family and kids related activities. Christmas at the Museum is set to occur on Saturday, December 16th from 1 PM to 4 PM. This event will feature Santa visiting the Museum. The Museum is decked out in over 20 beautifully lite Christmas Trees. Museum exhibits are always rotating with captivating historic themes. Admission is free. For more information, please contact 260.726.7168

    Sunday, December 10th from 9 AM to 3 PM features the 30th Annual Farm Toy Show at the Jay County Fairgrounds. There will be over 70 farm toy dealer tables. There is an admission fee of $5 each. Please contact Ronnie at 260.726.6433 for more Show information.

    We encourage you to keep up-to-date of Jay County events by visiting the Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau’s website at: or check out the Facebook Page at “Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau” Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau, 118 S. Meridian St., Portland, Indiana. Telephone: 260.726.3366 Email:

  • September 18, 2017 @ 9:41:07 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Fall Fun in Kokomo

    As the leaves begin to change and temperatures start to drop, it’s time to enjoy all the fun fall activities in our region – from apple orchards and pumpkin patches to haunted houses and murder mysteries! Check out Kokomo’s Fall Fun Guide for a full list! Here are a few events to get you started. The annual Oktoberfest Volkswagen Cruise-In will be held Sept. 23. Not only are there hundreds of Volkswagens, there’s also a swap meet and a killer concert — ZOSO, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience – all in downtown Kokomo’s Foster Park and FREE.

    Join us on Sept. 30th for “From the Dark Pages” Masquerade Ball & Murder Mystery Tour at the Seiberling Mansion. Take a trip back in time with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes hot on the trail of Jack the Ripper. This 21 & over event will include a mystery tour, masquerade ball, costume contest, food, entertainment and fun for all.

    Find out if you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse at the Zombie Dash 5K on Oct. 7 starting at dusk. Wind around and through the woods of the zombie-infested Jackson Morrow Park and keep the zombies from taking your health flags. Don’t like zombies? Check out the kid-friendly Fun Run.

    If you love gaming and comics, don’t miss Kokomo-Con at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center on Oct. 14. Many come in cosplay and there’s a much-anticipated costume contest, dozens of vendors, and so much more! If you like haunted houses, check out Kokomo’s Edge of Insanity and Twisted Darkness Haunted Attraction – both filled with horrors untold and open starting the last weekend of September through October.

    There are also lots of fun activities for younger kids like corn maze and hayrides at Kendall Family Farm Adventures and trick-or-treat fun at the annual Free Kids Community Halloween Party. Check out Kokomo’s Fall Fun Guide at

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