The festival will be a tribute to the crafting and old-fashioned culture in the surrounding Shipshewana countryside. Quilters, carvers, painters, cloggers, musicians and crafters of all types will flood the town and its many quaint stores, providing demonstrations and entertainment Friday and Saturday. "We have looked for some of the most unique and interesting performers and crafts-people around. We really want to set Shipshewana apart as somewhere where people can step out of their daily lives and enjoy our little town and maybe take a little something of it with them," says Andy Rohrer, member of the local merchants association.
The focus on making this festival a time for families comes from Shipshewana’s - as well as the surrounding communities’ - focus on these values. There will be events for all ages and tastes. Little ones will enjoy free rides in the miniature buggy, pulled by a miniature horse, as well as a whole tent just for them. Parents will have plenty to see and do as well, from hand made decor, to chainsaw carvers and musicians that will play as you enjoy the food available in town.