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Last Minute Summer Fun with Kids

With trails, playgrounds, and museums made for kids, we’ve got everything you need to have a fun day with your kids before school starts back up!

WALK OR BIKE THE RIVERWALK

If you’re looking for a relaxing walk or bike ride location, the Downtown Riverwalk is the perfect place to go. Spanning Main Street to Hart Street with access from either street, the walk is perfect for kids to let out some energy.

Also check it out on Monday nights for Food Truck Monday’s.

TRY FARM-FRESH FOODS AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET

With colorful produce, the smell of freshly baked pastries and various artisan vendors, there’s something to captivate all your senses at every turn at the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market.

GET IN-TOUCH WITH KNOX COUNTY’S HISTORY

Take the kids to learn about the history of WWII at the Indiana Military Museum, featuring displays with tanks, battlefield relics, captured enemy souvenirs and more.

Next, visit the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy to let the kids do what they do best: touch everything! This fully interactive museum focuses on Red’s life and the many characters whom he brought to life through his radio and television shows.

Your kids will be begging to return to these two historic sites, even when school is back in session.

SPLASH AROUND 

When the dog days of summer become too much, head over to Rainbow Beach for some fun at the pool! With water slides and a splash pad area, this family-fun space has something for kids of all ages!

Also be sure to check out the Splash Pads around town located at various parks.

When play time at the pool is over, be sure to stick around Gregg Park and go to one of the many playground areas.

TAKE A HIKE

4 miles of marked trails, picnic areas and playgrounds are what’s in store at Quabache Trails Park. If you’re looking for an overnight adventure, check out their modern rental cabins and RV sites, complete with a full service shower house facility, laundry service center and a whole lot of fun.

If you’re interested in bringing your furry friends along, the Knox County Dog Park is a great place to take them and let them explore.

 

Rainy summer day? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out our Rainy Day blog for things to do while you wait for the storms to pass.

A Harvest of Ripe Adventures

Agritourism is the combination of agriculture and tourism. It’s having access to experience what farm life is really like. It’s picking your own produce from the fields at its peak time. It’s touring the local winery and tasting wines produced right here at home.

Agritourism is an industry that gives both kids and adults a newfound respect for the unknown aspects of growing and raising the food that nourishes our bodies everyday.

Knox County has a variety of different ways to explore our Agritourism industry! Listed below are markets, orchards, food stands and centers to visit in Knox County to find fresh produce and dive into Agritourism, locally!

“Vincennes Historic Farmers Market” – Riverfront Pavilion, Vincennes

Enjoy browsing through items ranging from the season’s best fresh produce to baked goods to perennials. Food, produce and artisan vendors are on site offering everything from snacks, to fresh melons to fine needle crafts under the open-air Riverfront Pavilion.

Apple Hill Orchard – Bruceville, IN. 

This beautiful orchard features a unique trellis system offering apples, peaches, and nectarines. Watch the orchard staff press fresh apple cider on site. Enjoy their baked goods, including pies, cakes and cookies.

Atkinson Farm Yarns – Vincennes, IN. 

With four full rooms of yarns for sale, Atkinson Farm Yarns is a dream come true for the fiber enthusiast. Whether you are coming to the “open knit”, attending a “spinning” or just buying a needle, you will find friendly people there to greet you.

Halter’s Market – Vincennes, IN. 

This locally owned and operated Garden Center offers top-notch homegrown produce, beautiful flowers and a wide variety of vegetable plants all raised in the Halter’s family greenhouse.

Mayall’s Market – Oaktown, IN. 

This market features garden plants and flowers and locally grown produce including tomatoes, squash, cantaloupes, watermelon and more!

McKinley’s Orchard (Fruit Stand & Restaurant) – Oaktown, IN. 

Enjoy fresh peaches, melons straight from the field, ripe sweet corn, tomatoes and more local produce at the roadside market. Stop in for dinner on Friday or Saturday evening for a buffet of delicious home cooking!

Melon Acres – Oaktown, IN. 

The Horrall Family started Melon Acres in 1976. Sophisticated farming methods including high tunnels (greenhouses) provide some of the finest produce in Knox County. Enjoy fresh watermelon, mini watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, asparagus and sweet corn from their farm market!

Prairie Acres Farm Market – Oaktown, IN. 

This charming farm market features watermelons in red, yellow and orange meat and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Southwest Purdue Ag Center – Vincennes, IN. 

A research farm featuring grapes, melons and other produce. The farm investigates sustainable agriculture best practices. Stop by to see agriculture in action!

The Big Peach – Bruceville, IN. 

The Big Peach is a family owned farm market that is open daily May through October. The market offers a variety of fresh produce, Ice cream, jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and more.

The Melon Patch (Fresh Deli & CountryMark Fuel Station) – Oaktown, IN.

The Melon Patch offers fresh local produce, fudge, quick-stop items and unique gifts. You will be delighted at the variety of merchandise available at their gift shop! The Fresh Delish Deli serves breakfast and for lunch, specialty salads and sandwiches.

Windy Knoll Winery – Vincennes, IN. 

This local winery produces its wine in small batches to ensure the highest quality and flavor. Drop in this charming winery for a tasting or enjoy a slushy while you are browsing the gift shop!

2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival

The Annual Knox County Watermelon Festival is this Friday and Saturday at Patrick Henry Square, Vincennes, IN. The festival is a free two-day event filled with contests, concerts, and of course, FREE watermelon! There will be food booths set up both days of the festival. Be sure to stop by either Friday or Saturday for a great family-friendly event!

The festival begins Friday the 3rd at 5:00pm and on Saturday the 4th at 9:00am. The schedule will proceed as listed:

Friday

5:00pm – Vendor Booths Open

  • Food and craft vendors will be lining the street both Friday and Saturday.

5:00pm – Carnival Opens

  • Bring your kids down to Patrick Henry Square for some kids attractions and carnival rides!

5:30pm – Miss Amazing Pageant

  • The mission of Miss Amazing is to provide an opportunity for girls and young women with disabilities to build confidence in a supportive environment. Come out and cheer these amazing ladies on!

7:00pm – Free Concert by Jared & Luke

  • Jared & Luke are a Knox Co. favorite! Be sure to stay for their show Friday night.

Saturday

10:00am – Baby/Toddler Contest

  • All babies are cute, but sign your baby or toddler up for the Baby/Toddler contest to kick off the festival Saturday morning.

1:30pm – 3:30pm – Free Concert by Heath Eric & Molly G

  • Heath & Molly present a professional, passionate, and authentic blend of Rock and Americana. You won’t want to miss this performance!

3:30pm – Seed Spitting Contest

  • Think you can spit watermelon seeds further than your friend? Bring your competition and spit those seeds as far as you can!

4:30pm – Pet Contest

  • Do you have the cutest pet in Knox County? Be sure to register for the Cutest Pet Contest! All proceeds go to the Vincennes Animal Shelter.

6:00pm – Miss Watermelon Pageant

  • The purpose behind this pageant is to award on deserving female high school student a one-time $500 scholarship for their chosen field. This scholarship is made possible by the Illiana Watermelon Association.

The Farbest Foods BBQ Grill Off will take place all day on Saturday.

  • Think you’re BBQ is the best of the best? Test your skills at the Farbest Foods Grill Off!

 

Also be sure to check out The Vincennes Brewing Co. this weekend! They will be releasing their Watermelon Wheat Beer that is made with melons from Mouzin Brothers and helped made by the Knox County Home Brewers Association.

For more information on how to enter these contests, check out the official 2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival page on Facebook, hosted by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce!

Everyone’s Favorite Week of the Year: Fair Week!

It’s almost everyone’s favorite time of the year: fair week! The Knox County Farm Fair is filled with lively events, good food, fair rides, and limitless opportunities to make memories with your friends and family. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the fair this year!

VU Pavillion

Kick things off this Saturday, July 14th with Mr. Speed and the Kiss Tribute Band Concert! Show time is at 8 pm. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. New this year, there will be a beer garden serving beer, wine, and wine coolers with an entry fee of $2! Please bring your own chairs to the event.

Some other events taking place at the VU Pavillion are the Fair Queen Contest, the Tiny Tot competition, and various musical acts. For show times, entry fees, and more check out this list of nightly FREE entertainment!

Grandstand Events

Some of your favorite events are back this year in the grandstands! Events like the Tractor Pull, Hog Wrestling, and Motocross Racing. For more details, check out this full list of Grandstand Events happening this week at the fair.

Pricing for the Grandstand events are as followed:

Outside Gate Admission: Adults $3, Children under 12 yrs FREE

Grandstand Admission: Adults $8, Children 0-11 yrs $4

Food Vendors

What is a fair without the food? Prepare yourself to eat till you waddle with the full list of food vendors that will be in attendance next week. Some of the vendors include the Horse and Pony Club, Pronto Pup, and the King of Wings.

Daily Events List

Can’t make it to the fair everyday? Not many of us can! Be sure to check out these lists of events happening each day at the Knox County Fair! We hope to see you there!

Monday Events

Tuesday Events

Wednesday Events

Thursday Events

Friday Events

Saturday Events

All links are directed to the Knox County Farm Fair website. You can visit their full website here.

Celebrate Summer in Knox County!

It’s officially summer! How do you plan on spending the rest of those hot days in the sun? Don’t worry, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty to offer this time of year! Here’s a list of things you won’t want to miss out on this summer.

Night Under the Stars w/ Junior Rangers

Join the staff and volunteers of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park for this special Junior Ranger event as they explore the night sky. This event takes place on Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 PM

Nature Walk

Vincennes/Knox County is home to natural hiking trails that are unlike any other! Ouabache (Wabash) Trails features four miles of marked trails. Fox Ridge Nature Park allows the public a place to enjoy the natural world that inhabits the park.

Berry Picking

Blann Berries offers 30 acres of mixed berry varieties to insure a consistent quality of fruit. U-Pick or We-Pick options are both available for your convenience.

Eat Some Good Food

Choose from local favorites or popular food chains. We always recommend eating at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Here’s a list of our dining options!

Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, now until October 27 at the Riverfront Pavilion. The Saturday market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers, local vendors, fresh cut flowers and some specialty “General Store” items. The Wednesday market hosts a local favorite Bobe-B-Q and much more!

Cool Off

Be sure to check out our Places to Cool Off blog post for ideas on how to stay cool this summer in Vincennes/Knox County!

Visit Red

Now until September 2, come to the Red Skelton Museum for a special exhibit to learn about Red’s major career breaks, his vacation spots and special keys to the city. This display can be seen during regular museum hours. You don’t want to miss this!

Ice Cream

You can’t forget about ice cream! Head over to Lic’s Deli & Ice Cream to enjoy one of their famous turtle pies, or check out Swirls to create your own frozen yogurt concoction.

Go Fishing

Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both offer stocked lakes to fish in. Camp Arthur has boat rentals available on site, and New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop. If you’re looking for a more secluded fishing experience, try the public access areas along the Wabash River.

Take a Dip

Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is a great public pool with water slides, concession areas and other attractions featuring a splash pad, wall climbing, and an activity center! This is the perfect place to take the kids and cool off.

Listen to Some Tunes

Live music can be found at The Vincennes Brewing Company, Café Moonlight, Old Town Players, Willies Pub and the Moose Lodge. Musical acts vary depending on the day of the week.

 

Looking for something that isn’t on our list? Be sure to check out our list of events so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Camping: The Ultimate Staycation

If you’re anything like us, summer is our busiest season of the year. Between running the kids where they need to go and working that daily 8-5 job, it can be difficult, not to mention expensive, to try and plan a vacation away from home. Luckily, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty of great campgrounds available to help you have the perfect weekend getaway, without having to travel too far.

Camping is good for the mind, body, and soul. It is important for you to spend some time in the great outdoors and soak up some Vitamin D, something you might not get a lot of if you spend most of your time indoors. Camping can help you sleep and also help you disconnect from your devices for a day or two.

Some features that our campgrounds offer are:

Fishing
Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both have stocked fishing lakes available. Camp Arthur offers boat rentals including paddle boats, as well as rowboats and canoes. New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop on site for your convenience.

Stay Local
All three of our campgrounds are located within at least 20 miles of Vincennes, making any one of these locations the perfect place for a “staycation”.

Family Friendly
Camping is something fun to do with the entire family. All three of our campgrounds are family friendly, all having their own special attractions and events. Camp Arthur has activities such as paintball/airsoft and walking trails. Ouabache (Wabash) Trails has multiple shelter houses available to rent for birthday parties or family reunions, as well a nice picnic area. New Vision also offers picnic tables throughout the campgrounds.

Tent Sites
Ouabache (Wabash) Trails Park offers 35 electric sites, along with nine tent sites. New Vision also has tents and tables available on location.

Walking Trails
If you’re not looking to spend a whole weekend camping, but want to get outside and do some exploring, these campgrounds are still ideal for you. All of these campgrounds consist of large acre areas that are perfect for hiking.

The Vincennes/Knox County campgrounds each offer their own unique experience for people of all ages. We hope you enjoy your staycation and return home a happy camper!

Now in Season

Knox County watermelons and cantaloupes are now in season!  As well as many of your other local favorites!  Visit the Farmers Market at the Riverfront Pavilion on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm or Saturday from 8am to 1pm or your favorite roadside farm market to get all of your in season produce.

Summer Bucket List

Summer is officially here and we have put together a Summer Bucket List for ideas for fun and entertainment.  There are also many festivals and events throughout the summer, visit our calendar of events to stay informed.  Enjoy!

Splash around at Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center.

Show support for your favorite summer sports team with memorabilia from FarmandSport.com.

Check out the authentic WWII German bunker and more at the Indiana Military Museum and relive the life of a soldier.

Watch the sunset over the Wabash River from the steps of the George Rogers Clark Memorial.

Find your funny bone at the Red Skelton Museum.

Shop for the best of Knox County’s harvested fruits and vegetables at the Historic Vincennes Farmers Market & bring home “Bobe-BQ” for dinner.

Treat your creative self and attend the “First Friday Art Walk” each month.

Pack your picnic basket and dine al fresco at Historic Fort Knox II.

The Melon Patch is a one stop shop for in season produce, gas, specialty gift items, fudge and the Delish Deli offers sandwiches.

Hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Pick up some farm-fresh produce or a delicious pie at The Big Peach.

Unwind at Windy Knoll Winery with a wine slushie.

Cool off with an iced coffee at I’Mpressed Coffee.

Beat the heat with indoor tours of William Henry Harrison’s Presidential Mansion, Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

Visit Prairie Acres gift shop for that perfect item and treat yourself to ice cream.

Cool off with a good book at the Knox County Public Library.

Take in a good play at the Old Town Players theatre.

When you are in the mood for something else, take in the area’s most exciting racing action at Lyons Raceway Park in next door Green County.

Summer Bucket List

With four weeks left before school starts search our Knox County Summer “Bucket List” for ideas for activities for adults and children to enjoy.

– Splash around at the new Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center set to open July 19.

– Enjoy an outdoor movie at the Fresh-Air Flicks.

– Visit Riverwalk antiques to find your next treasure.

– Check out the authentic WWI Army trench at the Indiana Military Museum and relive the life of a soldier.

– Watch the sunset over the Wabash River from the steps of the George Rogers Clark Memorial.

– Laugh at the Red Skelton Museum after Phase 2 is unveiled.

– Shop Wednesday Evening’s Farmers Market for fresh local produce & “Bobe-BQ”.

– Treat your creative self and attend the First Friday Art Walk each month.

– Pack your picnic basket and dine al fresco at Historic Fort Knox II.

– Hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

– Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local “Farm to Fork” Restaurant, Prairie Acres.

– Unwind at Windy Knoll Winery with a wine slushie.

– Cool off with an iced coffee at I’Mpressed Coffee.

– Beat the heat with a guided tour of our William Henry Harrison’s Presidential Mansion, Grouseland.

– Visit vincennescvb.org for more local information and events.

 

Wheatfest

Head out to Wheatland this weekend for the annual “Wheatfest,” Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 13. Enjoy great family fun and entertainment! Visit http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2013/07/12#wheatfest-wheatland-in for more information.