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Kokomo’s 2011 Summer Festivals

Summer festival season is finally here!  Family fun, delicious food, festive parades, and fantastic music highlight the great festival line-up in Kokomo this year.  Don’t miss the fun in Kokomo this summer!

Strawberry Festival - June 2, 2011
Main Street in Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: 11:00 am-3:00 pm (or while quantities last!)
Enjoy juicy strawberry shortcakes (Amish made shortcake topped with strawberries, ice cream & whipped cream), live music, free kid’s activities, Ronald McDonald® show starting at noon, and sample McDonalds® new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.

2010 Kokomo Strawberry Festival

Western Days Festival – June 3-5, 2011
Downtown Russiaville – Free Admission
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9am – 11pm & Sun. 11am-5pm
Food, arts & crafts, car show, antique tractors, music & more.  Grab your boots and head to Western Days for a fun-filled weekend!

RibFest – June 11, 2011
Foster Park in Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: 4 pm – Midnight
Delicious ribs, great food, kid’s activities, live music featuring Danny Seraphine and CTA.  If you enjoy ribs, this is definitely the place to be!

Haynes-Apperson Festival - June 30-July 2, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: Thurs. & Fri. 5-11pm and Sat. Noon-11pm
Definitely something for everyone!  Food, vendors, car show, cruise-ins, parade, sports festival, quarter midget racing, live music by Here Come the Mummies (June 30), LoCash Cowboys (July 1) & Boyz II Men (July 2), fireworks & more!  Visit website for complete schedule.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Parade - will be held on July 2, 2011 at 2pm

Howard County 4-H Fair - July 11-16, 2011
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown – Free Admission
4-H exhibits & animals, Pioneer Village, food & craft vendors, carnival rides, live music by Phil Dirt and the Dozers and Branded Bluegrass, motorcycle racing, antique tractors & more.

Grillmasters Barbeque Challenge - August 20, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
During this all day event kicking off the Taste of Kokomo, teams will compete in Barbeque Cook-Off.  People’s Choice voting Noon-3pm with tickets.  Awards will be given at 4pm.

Taste of Kokomo - August 20, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Admission $3
Hours: 4-11 pm
Enjoy tastes of appetizers, entrees, desserts & drinks from over 30 local restaurants and eateries, live music from eight bands, kid’s activities & many new features during this annual Kokomo tradition.

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show will perform at the Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival

NEW! Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival - August 26-28, 2011
Wildcat Valley in Western Howard County
Hours: Fri. 4-11pm, Sat. 9am-11pm & Sun. 9am-4pm
Admission: Fri. $10, Sat. $20, Sun. $10 – Kids 10 & under free
Experience a true bluegrass music festival, including performances by Goldwing Express, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n, Branded Bluegrass & many others!  Also featuring workshops, antique tractors, artist crafts, homemade ice cream & more.

For more information on any of the festivals listed, contact the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800.837.0971 or check out the Calendar of Events.

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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.