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  • 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

    For more information, visit

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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

  • August 9, 2017 @ 9:40:38 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Executive Director Position - Dekalb County CVB


    We are seeking an Executive Director to lead the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau, a Destination Marketing Organization. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years’ experience in leadership and/or marketing.

    The Executive Director will build relationships with, and support the tourism efforts of, the major tourism attractions, festivals, lodging facilities, and communities through tourism promotion efforts. The Director will be the lead person to facilitate and grow a plan to expand tourism to DeKalb County. The Director is also responsible for managing the tourism office and staff in a professional manner.

    To apply for the position, please email cover letter, resume, references and salary history to:

    Applications should be submitted no later than August 24, 2017.

  • August 2, 2017 @ 4:31:07 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral


    Alt TextERTMC Hosted GREAT DAY on an East Region FAM Tour.

    Maureen Lambert with the Anderson/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mike Kase, Hoosier Park, spearheaded this 3 Day FAM Tour. There were roughly 33 people traveling from Great Day to experience Indiana first hand (FAM Tour)all of the wonderful attractions in Eastern Indiana.

    ERTMC (East Region Tourism Marketing Cooperative) has been in existence for 25 years. The purpose of the East Regional Marketing Cooperative, Inc. shall be to promote East Central Indiana through cooperative efforts that will heighten the members’ visibility as travel destinations, and to provide networking opportunities for its members.


    Arrive Richmond

    Noon Arrive Richmond – Lunch at Firehouse BBQ and Blues – Manager/Jessica (765) 488-0312in the Historic Depot District. Address: 400 N. 8th Street – Richmond Firehouse BBQ is located in an original fire station dating back to the 1800’s.

    1:00pm Depart

    1:30pm Arrive - Warm Glow Candle Company Store – Jessica Waddle (765) 855-2000 Address: 2131 N. Centerville Rd (I-70 & Exit 145) - Centerville The group will enjoy shopping over 21,000 square feet of candles, baskets, home décor, Indiana chocolates and a vast selection of wines and beer.

    2:00pm Depart Centerville

    2:15pm Arrive – Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame – Chris May (765) 529-1891 Address: 408 Trojan Lane – New Castle Visit the 14,000 square foot museum that celebrates the proud heritage of basketball in Indiana from its origins in the 1890s to the current season.

    2:45pm Depart New Castle

    3:15pm Arrive - Madison County Winery – Cathy Hensley (765) 778-1406 Address: Located off State Road 109 – 10942 S. 400 E - Markleville Madison County Winery has a selection wines, hard ciders and seasonal wines. Everyone will enjoy a free wine tasting!

    3:45pm Depart for hotel

    4:00pm Arrive - Best Western Plus Anderson – Motor Coach Reception Dashia Wentz (765) 649-2500 Address: 2114 E. 59th Street – Anderson Amenities include in-room Keurig coffee makers and micro-fridge’s, complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed Wi-fi, heated indoor pool and hot tub. Group will have a chance to refresh before their departure to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

    5:15pm Depart

    6:15pm Arrive - Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre – Jennifer Beth (317) 872-9664 for dinner & show (Ring of Fire) Address: 9301 Michigan Rd - Indianapolis

    10:00pm Depart for Best Western Plus Anderson

    DAY 2

    Enjoy your free hot breakfast buffet at Best Western Plus Anderson

    8:45am Depart hotel

    9:15am Arrive – Erskine Greene Training Institute - Jill Gruwell/Muncie CVB (765) 284-2700 Address: 601 S. High Street - Muncie

    The first of its kind in the nation, EGTI prepares individuals with disabilities for employment in the hospitality, food service and healthcare support industries.EGTI trains and the hotel employs individuals with disabilities throughout the Hotel and its restaurants in various capacities.

    10:15am Depart

    10:30am Arrive – David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University Jill Gruwell/Muncie CVB (765) 284-2700 (no large bags in building) Address: Ball State Campus, 2021 W. Riverside Drive – Muncie Discover one of Indiana’s best art museums! The DOMA has an outstanding collection representing cultures from around the world

    11:15am Depart

    11:30am Arrive – National Model Aviation Museum/Academy of Model Aeronautics Jill Gruwell/Muncie CVB (765) 284-2700 Address: 5151 E. Memorial Drive – Muncie The largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. National and International model flight competitions. A box lunch will be served on site.

    12:30pm Depart

    1:00pm Arrive – World’s Largest Ball of Paint – Mike/Glenda Carmichael (765) 724-4088 Address: 10696 N 200 W – Alexandria How do you make an ordinary baseball weigh over 4,000 pounds? You paint it!

    1:30pm Depart

    1:45pm Arrive – Gaither Family Resources & Music Studio – Marge Record (765) 724-8405 Address: 1617 S. Park Ave – Alexandria Shop the vast selection of hand-chosen items, tour the Gospel Music’s Most Famous Recording Studio and Museum

    2:15pm Depart

    2:30pm Arrive – Open Gate Design & Décor – Eric Scott (765) 734-1313 Address: 2834 N 900 W – Anderson/Perkinsville Enjoy one of Madison County’s unique shopping & design experiences, shopping 3 floors of unique items and guided by Lead Designer, Eric Scott. Groups can enjoymaking thei r own “masterpiece” to take home.

    3:00pm Depart

    3:45pm Arrive – Paramount Theatre & Ballroom – Randy Hammel (765) 642-1234 Address: 1124 Meridian St – Downtown Anderson The Paramount Theatre and Ballroom is a centerpiece of arts and culture in Anderson. This theatre has been totally restored and is as breathtaking now as it was when it opened in 1929.

    4:30pm Depart

    4:45pm Arrive – Good’s Candy & Ice Cream Shop – Randy Good (765) 642-7247 Address: 1423 W 53rd Street – Anderson Good’s is a favorite stop in Anderson! Good’s family history dates back to the 1940’s, making the finest chocolates, ice cream-both hand dipped & soft served, popcorn and Randy Good’s new creation, Good’s Root Beer!

    5:00pm Depart for Best Western Plus, Anderson

    5:15pm Arrive – hotel, refresh before heading to Hoosier Park

    5:45pm Depart

    5:55pm Arrive - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – Mike Kase (765) 609-4616 Address: 4500 Dan Patch Circle – Anderson Enjoy a night of dinner, live Standardbred racing & casino action! Depart? Hoosier Park provides shuttle service to and from the Best Western Plus Anderson

    DAY 3

    Enjoy your free hot breakfast buffet at Best Western Plus Anderson 9:00am Depart for Winchester

    10:30am Arrive – Mrs. Wick’s Pies Factory – Scottie Harvey/Randolph County CVB (765-584-3266) Address: 100 N. Cherry St - Winchester Mrs. Wick’s Pies have been in business over 70 + years, makers of pies to dough sheets and glazes. Today, they make over 10,000 pies and over 30,000 pie shells in an 8 hour shift each day.

    11:30am Lunch at Mrs. Wick’s Restaurant - Scottie Harvey/Randolph County CVB (765-584-3266)Mrs. Wick’s Restaurant is a full service Bakery/Café and makes 36 varieties of pie each day. Their outlet store can be found in the restaurant (the inventory changes daily), includes:Wick’s Pie 2nds, Famous Noodles, Pot Pies-turkey-chicken & beef, Pie Shells, Unbaked frozen Pies.

    12Noon Depart for Portland

    12:30pm Quick break at the Jay County Courthouse – Gyneth Augsburger, Portland/Jay County CVB Address: 120 N Court Street – Portland Each person will receive a goodie bag provided by the Jay County Tourism Bureau - (Optional): Tour Poet Biorefining and learn how Ethanol is an essential component of the 138-billion-gallon U.S. gasoline market

  • March 7, 2017 @ 9:35:28 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    4th Annual Metamora Mandolin Gathering

    4th Annual Metamora Mandolin Gathering Saturday March 25, 2017, 9 AM to 9 PM Workshops, Jams, Builders, Evening Show with Hickory Robot, The Hammer & the Hatchet, and instructors.

    Instructional workshops begin at 9 AM with two offered in the morning session and two in the afternoon. A Mandolin 101 beginner session will be offered in both the morning and afternoon. Registration required for workshop sessions. Acoustic jams led by instructor will be held at 11:15 and 4, open to all instruments, no admission charge. Instrument Builders will have tables set up from 9 to 4. The Mando Doctor for the Gathering is Jason Harshbarger of Harshbarger Strings. Evening Show at 6 PM.

    Instructors: Scott Napier from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in Hyden, KY. He has been a Professional Musician since 1996 and is an accomplished mandolin and guitar player, as well as a traditional music composer and songwriter.Scott has performed with bluegrass award winning groups such as Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, The Whites, and others.Currently Scott is a band member with the international performing group Lost and Found, a group which has been successful on the bluegrass and traditional music circuit for over 40 years.

    Scott Risner of Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle in Cincinnati, OH. Scott Risner began playing guitar at 16 and Mandolin at 19. He moved to Indianapolis in 1985 to play bluegrass with Classified Grass (Alison Krauss was also a member). In 1989 while in Nashville, he toured east of the Mississippi with a Mike Scott and The All American Band and in 1991 joined J.D. Crowe and The New South. Starting a business then took Scott away from touring. In 1996 he moved back to Cincinnati and joined the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and the Lazy Boyz. Scott was also a member of Tupelo Honey, Northern KY Bluegrass Band, Earl's Gone Wild and The Blue Poppys in the past. Currently seen around town with Buffalo Wabs and The Price Hill Hustle and playing bluegrass every Thursday at Molly Malone’s in Covington with Them There Mountain Boys.

    Dave Bagdade of Cousin Brothers in Indianapolis, IN Dave Bagdade is an award-winning mandolin player and an experienced educator, having performed and taught at workshops all over the US and Canada. In addition to playing regularly as a solo artist and with The Cousin Brothers, he teaches Celtic and bluegrass mandolin and guitar at the beginning and intermediate levels. Dave is also the host and producer of the Kitchen Party Ceilidh radio program. He has released several albums of original music.

    Scott Carnder of Hickory Robot and Spookfloaters in Cincinnati, OH Scott studied music theory and jazz improvisation at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and has had an active career as a professional musician. He is an award-winning songwriter and mandolinist for Cincinnati-based newgrass quintet Hickory Robot and plays with jam band The Spookfloaters. In addition, Scott has taught privately for over 15 years and has conducted a number of mandolin workshops and seminars.

    Roger Banister of Banister Family Bluegrass Band and New Augusta Bluegrass Band of Indianapolis, IN With over 40 years of experience as a professional musician Roger started with banjo lessons at age 13. From that Roger became immersed in bluegrass banjo. He formed the bluegrass group Buck's Stove & Range Company at Ball State University, traveling 15 years fulltime throughout the Midwest and overseas for the U.S.O. and Department of Defense. After Buck's, Roger became an accomplished mandolin and fiddle player and formed the Banister Family Bluegrass Band. He also plays with New Augusta Bluegrass Band throughout central Indiana, and as a duo with his sister Denise Kocur.

    Evening Show Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6 Featuring Hickory Robot (CEA finalists in Bluegrass Division), The Hammer & The Hatchet from Brown Co, IN, and the instructors; Scott Napier with student song from afternoon workshop, Scott Risner, Dave Bagdade , and Roger Banister. Food available all day on site.

    Held at the MPA Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Rd, Metamora, IN 47030 West of Metamora, where US 52 crosses the Whitewater Valley Railroad and the Whitewater Canal href="">

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