Spring along the Amish Backroads is filled with the sounds of returning birds, the work of preparing the ground for new seeds, the scent of the first blossoms on tree and bush and the excitement of communities coming back to life.
You can feel the energy pulsing through the backroads and the newly furrowed ground, from the first spotting of the robin to the parade of the Shipshewana Mayfest. Mayfest is a great time to join friends and family outdoors for a pancake breakfast, buggy racing, games, shows and even a whoopee pie eating contest. It’s always a great time and a wonderful way to welcome spring back to Shipshewana/LaGrange County.
Another local event that signifies the arrival of spring is the opening day of the Midwest’s Largest Outdoor Flea Market. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from May until into October, the market is filled with vendors selling antiques, books, candles, clothes, crafts, fresh fruit, furniture, games, gifts, home décor, jams, jewelry, kitchen items, leather goods, plants, signs, spices, tools, toys and more.
Going once, going twice…in spring the auctioneer’s call gets into a groove as antiques, draft horses, carriages, toys and more are up for bid. Shipshewana Auction sells a vast array of antiques, collectibles, livestock and horses every Wednesday throughout the year.