The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay to stop in DeKalb County!

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This year, the state of Indiana has been busy celebrating! Rightfully so, as 2016 marks the 200th birthday of the Hoosier state! One very much anticipated aspect of the yearlong commemoration has been the Bicentennial Torch Relay. This festivity began on September 9th and continues to get closer to its stop in DeKalb County each day!

The Torch Relay will be passing through each of the 92 counties in Indiana, and covering 3,200 miles! Regular updates on their 5-week journey through the counties can be found on the Torch Relay’s Twitter, Facebook page, and the route is shown on www.indianatorchrelay.com!

The Relay will make its way through DeKalb County on Saturday, October 1st! This date also happens to be the last day of the 85th Annual DeKalb County Free Fall Fair! Spectators can anticipate an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Presentation on the west side of the Courthouse square during the fair festivities!

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This “Cauldron Lighting Ceremony” will begin at 7:00 PM and includes guest speakers from the community and state: Norm Yoder, Mayor of Auburn; Don Grogg, DeKalb County Commissioner President; Ben Smaltz, State Representative; and Dennis Kruse, State Senator.

To learn more, visit www.in.gov/ibc/torchrelay and see the exciting details and information of the Torch Relay process!

For more on the 85th Annual DeKalb County Free Fall Fair, stop by the Visitors Bureau for a brochure or visit www.dekalbcountyfair.org!

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Fall Fun Has Arrived!

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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.

The Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, in Waterloo, began this exciting and creative journey in 2010, and has gained more exposure and success with every year that has passed! Amazing Fall Fun does not stick with the “traditional” corn maze with connected lines only. Their mazes consist of traditional paths AND an incredible image created out of the field each year. Now, residents and visitors of the area patiently (or impatiently) wait for the next season’s featured corn maze image!

6 years ago, Amazing Fall Fun highlighted a Duesenberg automobile as their first maze. From there, they created mazes with an image of Johnny Appleseed, Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colt’s QB), Pat McAfee (Indianapolis Colt’s Punter), and last year, the maze featured the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

The popular Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch recently released its Season 6 corn maze, and it has caused lots of excitement, as it will highlight the Fort Wayne Tincaps, Komets, and Majic 95.1 radio station.

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The best part of all: you, your family and friends no longer have to wait for the Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch to open! The festivities will begin at 6:00 PM on September 16th  until  October 31st!

These fall activities are perfect for a weekend outing, and will also be featuring a newly implemented Horror Trail for spooky fun! Not only can you enjoy the very popular corn maze and pumpkin patch, but visitors can add to their fun with Hay Rides, Hay Mountain, Corn Hole, and so much more!

Have you ever wondered how the corn maze is designed and created each year? It involves quite a bit of precision and skill. Take a look at this YouTube video that Amazing Fall Fun posted to explain more of the process! It is truly fascinating!

Make sure to check back in with our blog for more fun happenings in DeKalb County, Indiana! Also, visit www.amazingfallfun.com for more details, and www.dekalbcvb.org to see more fall fun coming to the area! Purchase tickets ahead of time online and save money per ticket by using a code found on their website!

WHEN: September 16th October 31st, 2016

WHERE: 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo, Indiana 46793

TIME: Friday, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Saturday, 12:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Sunday, 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM

COST: $9.00 (13+), $7.00 (4-12), 3 & Under FREE

CONTACT: Phone (260) 333-2302   |  Email: amazingfallfun@live.com

NOTE: No pets are allowed (service animals are an exception)

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Auburn Fall: Collector Car Auction & Tradition

 

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Each year, Auctions America gives us an incredible event during Labor Day Weekend: The Auburn Fall Auction. Since 2010, this company has provided attendees, from near and far, with an exciting event that people of every age can enjoy!

So, what makes the Auburn Fall Auction so exciting each year? To begin, this far, they have been able to bring an ACD Trifecta every year. This means, at least one Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg has been up for auction at the Auburn Fall. This year is no different, with one Cord, two Auburns, and two Duesenbergs… the 2016 auction will be one to remember!

Though automobiles are the reason this very event exists, there is so much more to look forward to as well. As said above, the weekend provides fun for every generation! People can anticipate a car corral, swap meet, monster truck shows, and freestyle sport bike shows! For even more thrills, helicopter and monster truck rides are available during the event! More information can be found here!

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Newly introduced this year is a Cars & Coffee car meet on Saturday morning! This activity has become quite successful and will be an aspect of the Saturday auction you won’t want to miss! Also, Auctions America is providing a Wine & Microbrew Garden that numerous local vendors will be participating in! Bill Goldberg, a well-known professional wrestler and car enthusiast, will be at the Auction Park on Saturday to sign autographs and enjoy the auction too!

Being that younger generations will be in attendance, Auctions America even has some exciting activities for kids! This year, they will be providing a “scavenger hunt” for children to explore the Historic Auction Park! The National Auto & Truck Museum will be giving all ages a hands-on opportunity to learn more about some incredible historic vehicles!

This year’s Auburn Auction will be featuring many automobiles to be auctioned off! Besides the renowned Cord, Auburns, and Duesenbergs, more incredible cars will be crossing the block! This includes two Shelby Cobras (here and here), the Triple Crown Collection which is composed of more than 40 vehicles, mainly American made classics! There is also a “Batcycle” up for auction that was used in one of the famous Batman movies and much more! Probably the most unique item to cross the block stands on four legs…Wendell the Mechanical Elephant! A portion of the sale of Wendell will be going to Kate’s Kart, a local non-for-profit that provides free books to children in hospitals. On Friday, September 2nd, Auctions America will be offering a special Buy One, Get One Free on admission with the donation of a new children’s book for Kate’s Kart!

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Much more is waiting for you at the Auctions America Auction Park, September 1st through 4th. See you there!

Visit www.auctionsamerica.com for more details, or visit www.dekalbcvb.org for a Calendar of Events!

WHAT: Auctions America Auburn Fall Auction

WHEN: September 1st– 4th, 2016     (August 31st– Preview Day)

LOCATION: Auburn Auction Park

5536 County Road 11A

Auburn, Indiana 46706

ADMISSION: $15 Single Day Pass (Children 12 and under: free)

$50 Event Weekend Pass

CONTACT: info@auctionsamerica.com     |     (260) 927-9797

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The End of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater’s 8th Season

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The 8th season of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater is coming to a close, and it has been nothing short of a success! It seemed as though every weekend, the theater had events that ensured a wonderful time by those who attended!

Now that August has begun, there are only a few performances left for visitors and residents to enjoy, so make sure to save room in your calendar to attend some… if not all!

Thursday, August 11th, the Tri-State Revival will be hosting a worship service and community meal, which begins at 5:30 PM.

On Friday, August 12th, CHOICE and Friends will be performing at 7:30 PM! This well-known Auburn based band is also celebrating a monumental occasion: 40 years together! This is a performance you don’t want to miss!

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A Community Band Extravaganza will be taking place on Sunday, August 14th at 2:30 PM! This local band began in 1982, and has performed in various locations throughout the state and surrounding areas. The band’s extravaganza has become an annual event that many people look forward to attending!

The 4th Annual Freedom Fest will be an all-day event on August 20th, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM! Inspiration Ministries is hosting this festivity at the theater, and will have many activities, including a musical performance by Tehillah

The last event of the 2016 Outdoor Theater season, the Kent Family Magic Circus, will occur on Sunday, August 28th, at 1:30 PM! This family friendly show is based in Kentucky and does many shows in various locations throughout the year!

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The Outdoor Theater encourages you to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the shows you attend! Each event that the theater hosts is free, unless stated otherwise!

The mission of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater is to stimulate a passion for cultural, educational and entertainment activities. It is very evident through the countless enjoyable events they have brought to DeKalb County that their mission has been achieved again this year! We are looking forward to season 9 of the Outdoor Theater!

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Martha’s Popcorn Stand: A Treasured Business in a Town of Classics

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Many residents of DeKalb County, Indiana are familiar with the small building that sits on West 9th Street in Downtown Auburn. For many years, it has been the home to the small town treasure known as Martha’s Popcorn Stand!

As one might assume, the name of the popcorn stand derived from a women named Martha Falka, who had the idea to open the business 76 years ago!

Today, however, this historic popcorn stand is owned and operated by Kim Randinelli and her mother, Ruth. Many events have taken place from the beginning of Martha’s Popcorn Stand to the present day, and Kim was able to share stories about its history.

In 1940, Martha, an employee at the Auburn Automobile Company, decided to act upon her desire to open a popcorn stand in Auburn. She went to the Savings & Loan Office, but was unable to receive a loan for her idea. Amos Adams, Kim’s grandfather and a loan officer at the time, decided to help Martha and give her a personal loan!

Her original popcorn business sat in a store next to Carbaugh Jewelers on 7th Street in Downtown Auburn. Eventually, Martha wasn’t able to keep her stand there and a local car salesman donated his small office building to her. This is the building of which Martha’s Popcorn Stand has called home for over 70 years!

When Martha was no longer able to operate her popcorn stand, a friend of hers began watching over it and inherited the business when she passed. In his will, the popcorn stand was given to a man named Mike. Mike ran the business for one year, and after, he sold it to Kim’s father, Jack Randinelli!

In 2004, Kim and Ruth lightheartedly spoke about taking over operation of the cherished popcorn stand around Easter time. Jack took them serious, and 12 years later, they are still making delicious popcorn and selling it to the residents and visitors of Auburn, Indiana!

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Kim said that Martha would make her caramel corn in a large kettle over an open flame, and would only make small batches, so she would sell out often! Kim and her mother have kept many elements just the same as when Martha managed the popcorn stand, but certain changes were made for safety reasons and efficiency.

Stop by Martha’s for some delicious butter popcorn, caramel corn, or Kim’s Krazy Korn, which is a salty and sweet combination of both types of popcorn with added butter! Not only will you get to enjoy a fresh bag of delicious popcorn, but you will also be able to savor and appreciate the history and memories that surround the popcorn stand itself, too!

Martha’s Popcorn Stand is open from May through September, every Thursday, Friday & Saturday, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM! Visit their Facebook page for updates!

Check back with our blog to keep up with the fun happenings around DeKalb County, Indiana! Take a look at our other websites and social media accounts, too:

Main Website    |    Car Club & Visiting Groups Website    |    Facebook   |    Twitter   |    Instagram!

 

 

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DeKalb County: The Car Club Destination

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DeKalb County, Indiana, the “Hub of Transportation Heritage,” has been the ultimate destination for car clubs and automotive enthusiast groups to host meets and visits for many years. Not only are we the proud home of nine museums that showcase automobile, aircraft, military, railroad, art and county history, but we also have many other features that make DeKalb County a fantastic location for visiting clubs and groups!

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Accordingly, the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau is very excited to share our new website with the public, which provides prospective visitors with useful information for planning a car club meet or group trip to the area!

This content includes things such as hotel and meeting facility accommodations, a list of the many nearby restaurants, descriptions of the museums within DeKalb County, and much more that demonstrates the numerous reasons why DeKalb County, Indiana is the place to spend a day, weekend, or longer!

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Carclubdestination.com is an easy to navigate website that also allows users an inside look at the charming and lively atmosphere of DeKalb County, through a video on the site of different festivals, museums, and interviews with visitors!

The DeKalb County Visitors Bureau is also happy to help car clubs and groups plan their trip to the area! Some of the aspects of your visit that we can gladly assist with include: preparing hotel bids, creating welcome bags, and organizing driving tours and activities for the ladies!

Make sure to utilize carclubdestination.com, and our other website, dekalbcvb.org, to find out all there is to know about visiting DeKalb County, Indiana, the #1 Car Club Destination in the Midwest!

 

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The 20th Annual St. Joe Pickle Festival

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The St. Joe, Indiana Pickle Festival is an annual event that many look forward to each year! However, this year’s festival is a particularly exciting celebration, as it marks the 20th Anniversary of the St. Joe Pickle Festival! Simply put, it is a very big “dill”!

This three day event begins on Thursday, July 21st and ends Saturday, July 23rd! Each day will be filled with fun for all ages, so it is the perfect outing for families and friends to enjoy together.

On Thursday, the Pickle Festival commences at 4:00 PM to the public, and a few highlights of the first day are the kid’s Pickle Derby and a live musical performance by Steadfast!

Friday, July 22nd, the fun begins at 10:00 AM with a bake sale and silent auction, as well as a kid’s coloring contest, and Indiana Wild Animals and Fireman’s Fish Dinner later on. The Blue Light Volunteer Firefighter Parade and performances by Angela Flicks and Bekah Bradley will also take place into the evening!

The last day, Saturday, July 23rd, will be full of excitement, which begins bright and early! The Pickle Pepper Poker Walk will start at 6:30 AM, and from there, some events include tours of Sechler’s Pickle Factory, Silly Safari’s show, Pickle People contest, a Grand Finale Parade, and the 7th Annual Pickle Fest Cruise In! 1 Ton Trio Band and Terry Lee & The Rockaboogie Band will also be performing on Saturday. At 10:00 PM, the festival will end on a high note with a Fireworks show!

Throughout the three day span, attendees can enjoy the ongoing Art and Photo Show, Flea Market, Donut and Bake Sale, ! Food vendors will also be available; don’t forget to try the fried pickles! No pets are allowed on the festival grounds.

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You can find a detailed schedule by visiting stjoepicklefestival.com! Make sure to take a look at our Calendar of Events are our own website, dekalbcvb.org, to see what else is coming up in DeKalb County, Indiana!

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