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  • 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="">

  • February 22, 2017 @ 11:35:54 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    2017 The Great Race

    Auburn is proud and honored to be hosting a stop for the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race on Wednesday, June 28. The Auburn Stop will welcome the race teams as they begin to arrive at 5:00 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Plaza and will have dinner at the museum. Other activities will include a car show with live music held at Auburn Auctions Park.

    The racers will begin in Jacksonville, Florida and end the race crossing the finish line in Traverse City, Michigan. This isn’t just a race to see who finishes with the fastest time. The race is scored similarly to golf where the lowest score wins. Racers are scored with secret checkpoints along with way and are penalized for each second either early or late. To qualify, cars built in 1972 or earlier are eligible to race. Most of the entries have been manufactured before World War II. READ MORE

  • January 25, 2017 @ 9:59:44 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    County Ties To The Railroads

    DeKalb County has played a pretty significant role in America’s railway system. In fact, out of the nine communities in DeKalb, six of them have specific ties to the railroad. Two of them (Ashley and Garrett) are even named after former Presidents of significant Railroad Companies during the early 20th century of America’s transportation history.

    The town of Garrett, Indiana is named after John W. Garrett the President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company from 1858-1884. The town of Ashley, Indiana is named after Ossian D. Ashley the President of the Wabash Railroad from 1892-1902.

    But Garrett was truly the railroad Town of DeKalb County. READ MORE

  • November 22, 2016 @ 2:07:44 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Christmas in Kokomo

    There’s so much to see and do between now and Dec. 25 in Kokomo, Indiana, that we aren’t sure you’ll be able to squeeze it all in. But we know you’ll love trying!

    That’s because in Kokomo we celebrate the Christmas season in spectacular fashion. We take the words “’Tis the Season” quite seriously.

    Whether you’re looking for an elegant celebration or one bright enough you’ll need sunglasses, you’ll find it all here in our city nestled in east central Indiana.

    Christmas at the Seiberling Mansion

    There isn’t a more elegant place to celebrate the season than the Seiberling Mansion, and its holiday celebration begins Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. The Victorian mansion is a perfect setting for a stunning collection of holiday trees, wreaths and garlands, and more. On its opening evening, Santa arrives by carriage and there’s an official lighting ceremony. Holiday tours will continue through the end of December from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. During select December dates, you won’t want to miss candlelight tours of the beautifully decorated mansion and special evening hours.

    A Million Lights at We Care Park

    Though it hasn’t been proven, we think it’s entirely possible that you can see We Care Park from outer space. Yes, it’s that bright. It is more than 1 million lights, after all. It takes months for volunteers to get the park ready for the annual celebration of all things Christmas. There are wreaths, trees and even a giant teddy bear — and we mean giant. And it’s all for the benefit of people in need through one of the city’s largest charities. Open nightly starting at dusk.

    And much, much, more

    There’s much more to enjoy this holiday season in Kokomo, Indiana. Check out our holiday guide for the many ways to celebrate with us!

  • September 28, 2016 @ 9:10:57 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral


    The summer months are officially behind us and now we look forward to the much anticipated Indiana fall activities! One in particular is going on their 6th season of providing friends & family with an abundance of fun all season long. READ MORE

  • August 4, 2016 @ 10:58:56 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    National Model Aviation Day

    AMA to host free Aviation Adventure Day in celebration of National Model Aviation Day MUNCIE, IN— The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) will host Aviation Adventure Day, in conjunction with National Model Aviation Day, on August 13, 2016, at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, IN. The event is free and will include activities for all ages. Aviation Adventure Day will be packed with entertaining activities for the entire family. Attendees will learn while having fun by building make-and-take model airplanes and kites, and launch model rockets. In addition to the hands-on activities, attendees can tour the National Model Aviation Museum, try their hand at a flight simulator, and fly a real model airplane. Youth full-scale airplane rides will also be available for kids 8-17 through the Anderson chapter of the EAA Young Eagles. Space is limited and parents can register their children online. The first 100 kids in attendance will receive a free T-shirt. The AMA will also host its first Community Takeoff Challenge as part of its Aviation Adventure Day. Local companies, nonprofit organizations, clubs, and groups of friends are encouraged to participate by building their own catapult-launch gliders to compete for a $250 cash prize. Teams must register by August 10 at AMA would like to thank its national Platinum sponsors, Ready Made RC, Hobbico, Horizon Hobby, and HobbyKing; local Takeoff Challenge sponsors MedExpress Urgent Care, and Brady Ware and Company; Flightline sponsors Cintas Corporation, Frederick Family Chiropractic,LLC, The Laundry Basket; and STEM sponsors CS Kern, Farmhouse Creative, Jay-Crew Landscape Inc., and First Merchants Bank for the great support. A special thank-you goes to Applebees in Muncie for providing snacks for participants. Aviation Adventure Day is one of more than 100 nationwide events that will be held August 13 to celebrate the fourth annual National Model Aviation Day. Information about the national celebration is available at To learn more about AMA’s Aviation Adventure Day, visit ### The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 190,000 modelers in 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 for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit

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