Where else but in LaGrange County can you shop for antiques while riding your bike?
Well, it doesn’t work that way in reality, but you can do both this weekend, just maybe not at the exact same time.
Over 100 vendors set up antique booths under a tent on the Antique Gallery grounds, creating a festive feel along the winding sidewalks and floral landscape, at the annual Antique Market, held this year August 4, from 7 am-4 pm.
Included among the antiques are primitives, refinished furniture, toys, pottery, glass, jewelry, quilts, and much more.
No admission fee is charged. Local food vendors will be located around the gallery grounds.
The Antique Gallery has been holding this event for a number of years now, and it really is fun to attend. About five years ago my husband and I scored a gorgeous Hoosier Cabinet. The dealer was easy to work with and even stayed open a little later while we ran home for the truck.
Land & Lakes Bike Tour
On August 3, 4, and 5, bicycle enthusiasts can enjoy tour the Amish countryside and Michigan lakes at the Amishland and Lakes bike tour.
Based in Howe, Indiana, the three-day event offers various distances for families and serious cyclists to choose from. SAGs will be set up throughout the rides, providing participants with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and baked goods.
The Amish Land and Lakes website writes this: “Amishland and Lakes, based in Howe, Indiana is a three day bike tour of Amish countryside and Michigan lakes. Utilizing The Howe School for ride headquarters, the tour is able to offer first-rate accommodations.
“The Amishland and Lakes bicycle tour visits a world where lifestyles have remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. On Friday evening there are two warm up routes (14 and 32 miles) with the longer route going into Shipshewana. On Saturday the routes range from 25 to 100 miles, offering smooth, quiet roads, where buggies are numerous and cars are few. There are wide-open spaces, clean country air, friendly people and lots of great food. There is plenty to explore, experience and … eat. Amishland and Lakes is famous for great SAG food (watermelons, peaches, blueberries, bananas and fresh baked cookies), and there are Amish bakeries, restaurants and homemade ice cream parlors along the route for riders who want to “get a taste” of the local flavor.
On Sunday the tour heads north into the lake country of southwestern Michigan. Here the route winds along quiet, gently rolling wooded hills dotted with lakes. There is a choice of a nearly hill-free 22-mile route and three more routes ranging from 34 to 59 miles.”
This event is sponsored by the Michiana Bicycle Association.
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