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Western Indiana Summer Festival Tour

Connect with a treasure trove of Hoosier history through unique festivals.

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Miami Indians All Nation Gathering , Billie Creek Village, Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering, Canal Days, Wabash Riverfest, Little Italy Festival
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Western Indiana is a treasure trove of Hoosier history. Take a trip through years gone by with a tour of Western Indiana Festivals that connect you to the people, battles, music and transportation of the past.

Travel through time
Each June, a proud group of Native Americans converges outside Rockville at the Miami Indians All Nation Gathering   to share the history of the Miami culture. Native drumming, singing, dancing, storytelling and flutists provide a beautiful sample of the sounds that once filled Indiana's plains regularly. Walk through the Miami Living Village to experience the life of an early Native American, or admire Miami crafts and taste their delicious foods, including buffalo burgers.

Next, visit the Civil War era at Rockville's Billie Creek Village Civil War Days   in mid-June. Battles come to life before your eyes as reenactors from across the United States play out the most famous scenes of the war during this two-day event. Cannons roar, horses charge and swords flash in the heat of the battle. During the retreat, look at displays demonstrating Civil War medical care for wounded soldiers and the rigors of civilian life. Explore time period goods at the Billie Creek General Store or take part in the village dance, ladies tea or checkers tournament.

At the end of June, prepare for your toes to start a'tappin' at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering   in Battle Ground. For three days, old-time bluegrass, jazz, swing jazz and string band music pours across the Tippecanoe Battlefield as incredible fiddlers from across Indiana and the U.S. reminisce on the popular music of days gone by. Bring a tent or RV and camp out under the stars so you don't miss a single concert. Engage your inner musician at free workshops or show off your talent during the open stage time slots.

Natural history
Experience the 1850s canal era during Delphi's Canal Days  . This July event commemorates the 1843 opening of the 468-mile Wabash and Erie Canal, a little-known piece of Indiana history. Start in the Interpretive Center to learn about the history of the canal era and see artifacts from the 1850s - then hop in the canal boat and glide down the waterway that once served as a major transportation hub for commerce and travel. Explore a nineteenth century town in the Pioneer Village where you can tour a log school house, cabins, smokehouse, blacksmith shop and more.

Trade along the Wabash River was a significant factor in the establishment of West Lafayette. Now, the city celebrates the river's history and conservation for its future during Wabash Riverfest   in July. Get active by running in the 5k race or rowing your heart out during the canoe races. Enjoy all-day music plus food, amusement rides, pony rides for the kids, a zoo and more on the banks of one of Indiana's greatest natural resources. Educational exhibits teach you how to preserve the river for years to come.

The old country
Many residents of Clinton trace their ancestry to Italy - let them guide you on a tour of the old country during Little Italy Festival    at the end of summer. Indulge in authentic Italian fare, sip the country's wine, dance in the traditional style or sway to the tunes of Italian singers. Feel like a true Italian as you participate in the grape stomp or spaghetti eating contest. Other special events include the crowning of the Grape Queen and a parade that features an authentic Venetian gondola. Before saying "arrivederci," complete the weekend with a wagon ride, a trip to the flea market and the exciting fireworks show. 

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Miami Indians All Nation Gathering
765.210.7670 | mnigathering.com
Billie Creek Village
765.569.0251 | billiecreekvillage.org/civilwardays
Wabash Riverfest
765.474.2553 | wabashriverfest.com
Little Italy Festival
765.832.7254 | Littleitalyfestival.org

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