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Summer Fun in LaPorte

Spend a week or a week-end in or around the City of LaPorte and have some fun. There are several events right around the corner including the LaPorte County Fair, plus 2 unique museums, great antique shopping and music and art.

The LaPorte County Fair is coming. Each year the fair is complimented with large exhibiting commercial, industrial, and consumer products. Pioneer Land will be in full swing throughout the fair, along with 4-H exhibits, an amazing array of food, and of course the rides.

This year marks the 173rd LaPorte County Fair, making it one of the oldest in the state. It’s rolling into town Sun, July 8– Sat, July 14, 2018. Headliners Kane Brown and Joe Diffie and Pat Green promise two epic nights of awesome concerts. Demolition Derbies in the grandstands are a must-see.

If it is “Fair Food” you are looking for, then you can’t resist the fried favorites found at the fair – corn dogs, elephant ears and blooming onions. Corn on the cob, cotton candy and the Ham & Bean Dinner are delicacies and not to be missed.

When you are finished with all of that, take a whirl on the Gravitron, a spin on the merry-go-round or ride on the Ferris wheel. Don’t forget to test your luck at the midway.

The 4-H crowd has mastered more than just husbandry. See the latest and greatest in Indiana agriculture and horticulture, admire needlework, handcrafts and flowers, then take in all the foods, pies and cake that these masters have concocted.

For more information call 219-362-2647, or go to Facebook laportecountyfair. The LaPorte County Fairgrounds are located at 2581 W State Road 2 in LaPorte, IN 46350.

LaPorte County Historical Society Museum will reveal the many secrets that lie within. This museum is one of our local destinations that cares for a collection of local artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance.

The Museum will be celebrating the 1960’s in a big way this summer. From fun ‘60’s fashions to current events, the ‘60’s defined an era. Where were you 50 years ago in 1968? Come and relive those times at the museum from June through August. And mark your calendar for the Old Car Show that will be held on Saturday July 21st at the museum. You can register your pre-1988 vehicle between 8 and 11 am for $15 or attend the show for $5 and that includes admission to the museum.

LaPorte County Historical Society Museum is located at 2405 Indiana Avenue in LaPorte, IN 46350. Regular museum hours are Tue through Sat 10 am to 4:30 pm. For more information call 219-324-6767 or visit our website at The facility is accessible to those with disabilities.

Hesston Steam Museum is not your typical stuffy museum. Visit us and you’ll walk right into an era long past. More than just railroads, the Hesston sawmill can take an entire tree and cut it into lumber, the Browning locomotive steam crane can lift logs on to the sawmill and on special weekends volunteers generate electricity with electric power plant. Three different railroads are provided for your family to ride. They are huge machines working hard to entertain and educate your family. Each of our three railroads have their own story and you can find out more when you visit.

Doc’s Soda Fountain is the on-site restaurant and the museum’s gift shop offers a wonderful selection of toy trains, tee shirts and pins. Hesston Steam Museum is located at 1201 E 1000N, LaPorte, IN 46350 (Hesston Area). For more information call 219.778.2783 or visit the website:

Antiquing in LaPorte is searching for just the right chair to complete your period collection? Maybe you are an avid dish collector or a lover of stain glass. Whatever your antique desires, you are sure to find something to treasure in the City of LaPorte. Antique lovers can spend hours upon hours in the quaint boutiques or browsing booth upon booth in the local antique malls. In the Coachman Antique Mall, dealers tastefully display their wares, filling the large historic department store. But don’t stop there, check out Co-op Shoppes on State Street, As Time Goes by Shoppes and Uptown Shoppes Antiques & More. Make a day or a weekend trip of your exploring and combine your antiquing with an overnight stay and dining at one of many fine dining restaurants.

For more information on antiquing in the City of LaPorte visit

Arts in the Park Summer Concert & Fine Arts Series bringing free summer concerts and fine arts to Fox Park, Dennis Smith Amphitheater, Truesdale Ave., LaPorte, IN 46350, raising music and art awareness every Wed and Thurs June-August starting at 7 pm. Enjoy Beatles, jazz, pop, blues, country, rock, Christian, barber-shop, big band, funk…something different each Thurs evening. During the Pre-Concert Hour, 6 p.m. they will be featuring new bands, youth, art classes, Zumba, cloggers and dancing. Sometimes beautiful and quite entertaining poetry is shared each evening. Popeye’s Poppin in the Park Concessions features hotdogs, popcorn, chips, cookies and drinks. All concession funds support Arts in the Park.
Need transportation to and from Fox Park for the concerts? Call TransPorte: 219-362-6565!

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