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Kokomo Summer Festival Preview

Kokomo Rib Fest

Fresh corn on the cob…elephant ears…kettle corn…award-winning ribs.  The summer festival season is almost here, and here is a preview of some of the top festivals in Kokomo that you will not want to miss.  Besides offering a great selection of delicious food, these events bring visitors great music, entertainment, and affordable family fun!

Western Days Festival – May 29-31
Held just west of Kokomo in Russiaville, this festival offers something for everyone.  Activities include parade, car show, tortilla throwing contest, bubble gum blowing contest, antique tractor show, carnival rides, arts & crafts, fireworks, and tons of food and musical entertainment.

Kokomo Strawberry Festival – June 4
Kokomo’s famous giant strawberry shortcakes made with Amish-made shortcake, ice cream, whipped cream, and loads of strawberries will be offered from 11am - 3pm (or until quantities last!)  Visitors will also enjoy big-band music, vendors, and car cruise-in.

Kokomo Rib Fest – June 13
Ribs, ribs, and more ribs!  Other great food will also be offered from 4pm-midnight along with live entertainment, beer garden, hot dog eating contest, carnival games & inflatables for kids, and 3-on-3 basketball tourney.
Haynes-Apperson Festival

Haynes-Apperson Festival – June 25-27

Celebrating Kokomo’s automotive heritage, this annual festival features a great line-up of entertainers, such as Terry Sylvester, an Evening of the Greatest Hits of SURVIVOR and BOSTON, and Starship with Mickey Thomas.  Food vendors, fireworks, sports festival, car show, parade and more will offer plenty of family fun.

Howard County 4-H Fair – July 13-19
See local kids display their 4-H projects while enjoying tractor pulls, vendors, demonstrations, and tons of music and good food at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The Taste of Kokomo - August 15
Dozens of local restaurants will be represented offering a sampling of their delicious specialties.  You will definitely not leave hungry!  Festival will also include the Backyard Grillmaster Challenge, beer garden, and live musical entertainment.

Taste of Kokomo

For more information on these and other Kokomo events, visit our website or call us at 800.837.0971.

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Written by : Sherry has been the Visitor Information Specialist at the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau since 2002. She enjoys greeting visitors, assisting group tours, and maintaining Kokomo's tourism blog, website, and social media initiatives (Facebook & Twitter). Sherry and her husband, Shane, have one son, Peyton.