St. Joe Pickle Festival

The St. Joe Pickle Festival celebrated its 21st year this month. Despite the heat hundreds of people came out to enjoy the pickle themed festival hosted by the quaint little town St. Joe, Indiana.



There were plenty of activities for kids ranging from face painting to slip and slides.



Plenty of pickle treats to choose from featuring pickle ice cream and fried pickles.


The festival started in 1996 as the St. Joe Festival. Then Sechler’s Pickles joined in and made it what it is today, a pickle festival. Planning starts around April with meetings up until the month of July. People from all around the country have traveled to the pickle festival to see what this little town has to offer.

The three day event ended on Saturday July, 22nd with another successful year in the books.

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New Downtown Auburn Restaurant

Friday, July 14, was the official grand opening of the Deli at Sixth & Main in downtown Auburn.

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As you walk up the stairs you are immediately greeted with the shining light filtering in through the windows.

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The whole place is painted in tones of grey and white giving it a very calming atmosphere.


The window views are of the hustle and bustle of downtown since they face North Main Street and West 6th Street.

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The menu has a nice selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches along with desserts and pastries.

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There is plenty to choose from here. I had their Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad and it was delicious.

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Their slogan is “Happiness is Homemade” and I guarantee you will be happy when you have a bite to eat here.

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Strawberries in the Park

What better way to kick off summer than by eating strawberry shortcake! Wednesday June 21st, was the annual Strawberries in the Park. This event was held in downtown Auburn and sponsored by the Auburn Garden Club.

Hundreds of people enjoyed strawberry shortcake loaded with ice cream and whipped cream.

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There was face painting, bird house painting and other activities for the kids to enjoy. It was five dollars well spent and it went to a good cause. You will definitely find me there next year!

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Discover Historic Auburn

The 6th annual Discovering Historic Auburn event is coming up this Sunday on May 21st. Starting with (for those wishing to attend) a morning worship service by Auburn Methodist Church at 10am and then after the service there will be a kids walking parade. The theme for the parade will be Superheros and Princesses. Line up for the parade will be at the corner of 5th and Main Street. “SuperGirl” and “The Flash” from the CW Channel will be leading the parade. Registration forms for the parade are here.

At this event you will be able to experience a historical tour of Auburn in a horse drawn wagon provided by the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association with a guide provided by the DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society.

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Free admission to Early Ford V8, Hoosier Air Museum, NATMUS, ACD Museum, National Military History Center, Draft Animal Museums will be offered if you show them your DHA Passport.

There will be a coloring contest divided into age categories along with a scavenger hunt and prizes for the winners. Other prizes will be given away as well from the raffle drawings.DSCN1233 (2)

Craft beer tasting provided by The Auburn Brewing Company and Mad Anthony’s will be available. Food trucks and vendors will also be there so there’s a taste of something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

I’m sure many people will be surprised to discover all of the deep-rooted history in the town of Auburn and this event will be a great opportunity to experience it.

Hope you can join us. Come thirsty for knowledge and hungry for food!

See ya Sunday!

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Cruising on a Monday Afternoon

Monday afternoon I got the opportunity to ride in a 1928 Cadillac Touring Car. The 89 year old car is on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Sam Grate (Collections Manager at the museum) drove the car and (Pit Crew Member) Robert Probst rode in the back.Photo Apr 17, 1 34 50 PM

To start this classic beauty, you had to push the floor starter.Photo Apr 17, 1 27 05 PM

I have seen a regular push start before but never a floor starter.

You could definitely see the admiration from passerby’s as we drove along the block. People would occasionally wave out the window or do a friendly honk-honk.

As we turned the corner all of the sudden the car stalled and we had to pull over.




It turns out there was a gas leak and they had to call the rest of the Pit Crew for assistance.


The Pit Crew members that came to assist us were Dan Bonkowski, Ray Raynor and Vincent Pietracatella. After some thorough inspections they had to tow the car back to the museum. Towing a car that’s so old takes some experience but the guys had it all under control. We eventually made it back safely to the Conservation Center.


The Crew discovered it was a plugged gas canister that caused a gas leak which in turn caused the car to stall.

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Even though the ride was cut short it was still a very interesting experience being able to ride in such an old car.  Hopefully there will be more opportunities to ride in some of the other cars in the future. To check out this beautiful car, visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

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Saturday at Byler Lane Winery

This past weekend the weather was warm and Byler Winery was the place to be on a Saturday. There was a lot going on which meant there was plenty to see and do.  The first thing you notice when you pull up to the 28-acre property is the sprawling fields of vineyards that line the driveway leading up to the building.

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There was a mobile boutique shop parked out front called Betsey’s Boutique Shop that offered designer women and children’s apparel for customers to browse through.

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There was a constant flow of party buses coming and going. Divine Wine Tours out of Angola and Big Red Party Bus were the two buses I kept seeing at the winery. At one point I witnessed a large bachelorette party coming in to celebrate.


Outside on the large patio the duo band “Motor Folkers” provided the entertainment by playing cover songs but nonetheless they were very entertaining to listen to. The Fork & Fiddle Food Truck was also outside offering sandwiches and snacks.

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Overall, it was a great experience at Byler Winery and now that the weather is warmer, I will definitely be going back again.

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The Ford V-8 Museum Incorporates FORD’S Famous “Rotunda” Design In Its Expansion


Ford built three versions of its famous “Rotunda.” The first one in Chicago for the 1934 World’s Fair, the second a year later in San Diego, and a final version in Dearborn, MI where it was redesigned in 1952. It was the fifth most popular tourist attraction in the country until it was destroyed by fire in 1962.

You will soon see a fourth iteration of the famous Ford icon at the Early Ford V-8 Museum in Auburn, IN when the museum expands from its current 8,000 sq. ft. to over 27,000 sq. ft. A contractor has been hired and will begin construction this summer with a schedule to have the building enclosed by November.

The museum specializes in the 1932-53 Ford era, which includes Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, commercial vehicles, tractors and Ford Industrial engines. It also houses artifacts, memorabilia, technical displays, literature and tools, as well as a collection of vehicles. This is the only museum that is dedicated to this era, and it is continuing to grow!

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