Madison Life and Times Summer 2016 - Page 29

AROUND THE STATE // EVENTS 1 4 3 ★ 5 6 2 MADISON COUNTY EDITOR'S PICK 1. ANGOLA BALLOONS ALOFT When: July 8-9 Where: Angola High School (Steuben County) What: In the Academy Award-winning movie version of Jules Verne’s classic, Phileas Fogg’s 80-day trip around the world included a junket from Paris to Spain in a balloon. Here’s an opportunity to see how it might have been done as some of the finest hot air balloon pilots compete for prizes over northern Indiana lakes country. Many of these colorful creations are works of art in themselves. The festival also includes a classic car cruise-in on July 9. Website: www.angolaballoonsaloft. com. INDIANA FESTIVALS 2. RIVER ROOTS MUSIC & FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL When: May 19-21 Where: Madison riverfront (Jefferson County) What: This festival, now in its 11th year, calls it roots music. Some refer to it as Americana, traditional or even folk. Whatever, it’s toe-tapping good stuff. And what better place to take it all in than this beautiful historic town on the Ohio River? Several nationally known roots musicians will be on two stages for the three-day event. But it’s not just music. Look for storytelling, traditional crafts, food, regional wines and craft beer. There is an admission charge, but it’s a free stage on Thursday. Website: 3. COLE PORTER FESTIVAL When: June 9-12 Where: Peru (Miami County) What: You can get this festival “under your skin” by celebrating Peru’s favorite son. The annual event starts on the 125th anniversary of songwriter Cole Porter’s birth. As is to be expected, there’s great music and theater, but also lots of food options and film and multimedia presentations. Or you can take a bus tour of Cole Porter sites, including his birthplace and burial site. Hey, “Anything Goes.” There is a fee for some activities. Website: 4. NORTH JUDSON MINT FESTIVAL Where: North Judson (Starke County) When: June 17-19 What: Bet you didn’t know this: Indiana is nestled in at No. 4 among western states Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California as the nation’s top mint producer. And Starke County is where a lot of it grows. Now in its 40th year, this celebrates all things mint, including a Cooking with Mint contest. It also has the usual small-town festival fun: bands, midway rides, food/ craft vendors, bingo, 5K run, pie-eating contest and a big parade on Sunday. Website: 5. VINTAGE MOTOR BIKE SHOW When: July 21-24 Where: Jay County Fairgrounds, Portland What: Scooters have become a popular mode of transportation, but they’re not new, having been around since the early 20th century. This show, the largest such event in the nation, lets you see some of that history up close. The show offers a swap meet, auction, displays of countless vintage motor bikes and scooters, fun rides and lots of food. Among the models will be Simplex, Mustang, Whizzer, Cushman, Vespa and Allstate. Camping is available. Website: 6. TENDERLOIN THROWDOWN When: June 25 Where: Greensburg Downtown Square (Decatur County) What: Indiana doesn’t have an official state food, but if it did, it would have to be a pork tenderloin sandwich. This festival lets you help determine the best of the best. Operating under the theme of “Show Us Your Loins,” teams line up around the Decatur County Courthouse to cook their famed sandwiches to win in one or more of the following categories: Best Breaded Tenderloin, Best Grilled Tenderloin, Most Creative Tenderloin and People’s Choice. But it’s not just food. There are also arts and crafts, music and a presentation by Tree County Players of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.” Website: MADISON 29