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‘Food’ Category

Where to Grab a Slice

Pizza never goes out of season, and holds a special place in many of our locals hearts. Whether you’re looking for something local or want to stick to a nationally known chain, Vincennes/Knox County is the place to go when you’re looking for a good slice of pizza.

Bill Bobes Pizzeria

Are you craving for an authentic pizza experience? Step into Bill Bobe’s Pizzeria for a lip-smacking pizza treat. They have been serving since 1954! Locals feud between the two Bobe’s on who’s is better. We’ve decided to stay neutral, and agree that both establishments serve up a great slice of ‘za.

Photo courtesy of Byron Bobes Pizza House Facebook page.

Byron Bobes Pizza House

Serving Knox County since the 70s, they are proud to be a locally owned and operated business, who just so happens to make great pizza, too.

Photo courtesy of Jimbo’s Pizza & Wings Bicknell Facebook page.

Jimbo’s Pizza & Wings Bicknell

Providing Bicknell with delicious pizza and wings since 1995.

Photo courtesy of Monical’s Pizza Facebook page.

Monical’s Pizza of Vincennes

In 1959 the Monical family started making pizzas in the little town of Tolono, Illinois. Before long, their recipe became a hit with many of their local friends and neighbors. Today, they’re still serving up a mean slice of pie.

Photo courtesy of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom’s Facebook page.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Since 1976, they’ve been committed to innovation and excellence in craft beer, pairing those picks with delicious dishes, and delivering to our guests genuine Chicago-style goodness. Serving the Knox County community since 2018, their pizza has become a local fan favorite.

Photo courtesy of Papa John’s Facebook page.

Papa John’s Pizza

In 1984, Papa John’s opened its doors with one goal in mind: Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. They knew that with quality ingredients they would create superior quality pizzas. That goal and the promise of Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. remain true to this day.

Photo courtesy of Pizza Hut’s Facebook page.

Pizza Hut

For more than 60 years, Pizza Hut has been serving up, well, pizza. But they don’t just make pizza, they strive to make people happy. They create food they’re proud to serve and deliver it fast, with a smile. And you know what they say: No one out pizza’s the hut.

Photo courtesy of Procopios Pizza & Pasta’s Facebook page.

Procopios Pizza & Pasta

From original to deep dish to cauliflower crust, Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta has it all. Housed inside a 100 year old building on historic Downtown Vincennes, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Photo courtesy of Slicer’s Facebook page.

Slicers @ the Country Club of Old Vincennes

Pizza (along with other goodies) served up buffet style, as well as by the full pizza. Yet another great pizza option in Vincennes.

 

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Fall Flavors Around Knox County

It might not feel like it, but Autumn is coming people! Festive seasonal flavors have started taking over some of our local restaurants and shops, and we’ve gathered a list so you can be sure to get your fix this fall. Be on the lookout for these seasonal specials in Knox County, and let us know what you think!

Photo courtesy of Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop.

Sweet

Photo courtesy of Pea-Fections.

Savory

Photo courtesy of I’Mpressed Coffee.

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Knox County Fall Bucket List

To help you enjoy all the fall has to offer, we’ve created this bucket list of things every Knox County resident and visitor should experience during this time of the year.

Visit Apple Hill Orchard

After the blazing hot summer we’ve had, there’s no doubt everyone will be welcoming the crisp autumn air with open arms. As the season changes to fall, it’s time to celebrate all of the goodies that come with it! A trip to Apple Hill Orchard is a fall must-do. Grab a fresh apple cider slushie and a homemade caramel apple. You can also buy a variety of apples by the bag, local honey and so much more.

Sample Fall Flavors

As we said earlier, the changing of a season also means bringing in all the seasonal goodies it has to offer. The “Vincennes Historic Farmers Market” is your one-stop-shop for all things produce. The Farmers Market is bursting with all your favorite seasonal foods like apples, pumpkins and pies of all kinds. But you better hurry, because the Farmers Market closes shop for the season at the end of October.

Pick a Pumpkin from Halters Market

When you’re looking for the picture perfect pumpkin to go on your front porch, head to Halters Market. During the fall season, they stock up with gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Explore The Big Peach

You name it, they’ve got it. From produce to pie to honey and more, The Big Peach is sure to fulfill whatever your fall flavored craving may be. During the weekends in October, families can enjoy a fun festival including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house and games.

Pack a Picnic and Get Outdoors

The cooler air is coming, which will make it much more enjoyable to be outdoors. Stop by Jay C Food Stores or the Dutch Pantry for a sandwich from their deli. Once you’ve gathered all your picnic supplies there are plenty of picnic spots to choose from. Here are some of our favorite picnic spots.

Take in the Fall Scenery

Fall brings some of the most beautiful sights to Knox County, without a doubt. Be sure to take advantage of this season by enjoying the changing of the leaves. Here are five places you can go to catch some of the prettiest views in the county:

  • Ouabache Trails Park
  • Gregg Park
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
  • Fox Ridge Nature Park
  • Rod and Gun Club Road

Weekend Round-Up

It’s the first weekend of September and that means Autumn on Main, the Kerry Kurt Phillips Concert, and so much more! Check out all the events happening in Knox County this weekend, and how you can take part in what this great city has to offer!

“Autumn on Main” & “First Friday” Art Walk – Main Street/Downtown Vincennes

Main Street comes alive at the annual “Autumn on Main” and the “First Friday” Art Walk on September 6! The much anticipated event includes great food by street vendors, beer and wine tasting, a classic vehicle show, live music, kids’ activities and more!

Stop in the Main Street galleries, Art Space Vincennes, Northwest Territory Art Guild, and the Open Gallery to browse through works of art in a variety of mediums. Many downtown businesses will remain open for shopping during the event.

Vincennes Historic Farmers Market

Take advantage of the fresh, local produce offered at the weekly Farmers Market! The market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers vendors artisan breads, fresh-cut flowers and general store specialty items from 8 AM – 1 PM at the Riverfront Pavilion.

Hoosier Cruisers Cruise-In & Car Show – Riverfront Pavilion & Gregg Park

The Hoosier Cruisers are hosting two great events in Vincennes this weekend! At 7:00pm on Saturday, September 7th, the club will cruise in their classic vehicles from Gregg Park to the Riverfront Pavilion and will be on site until 9:00pm.

On Sunday, September 8th, the classic vehicles will be on display at Gregg Park from 9:00am-2:00pm. All proceeds from the show go toward the annual kids’ shopping trip in October. The public is invited to join in the fun!

“Vincennes Stage Door Canteen USO Night” – Green Activities Center, V.U. Campus

The 11th Annual Vincennes Stage Door Canteen USO Night will be on Saturday, September 7th at the Green Activities Center at Vincennes University. This year, they are helping raise money for the local Indiana Military Museum!

The Homecoming of Award-Winning Songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips – Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, V.U. Campus

Local award-winning songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips will perform at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 7 at 7:00pm. The audience is invited to participate during the FREE acoustic performance and Kerry Kurt will take questions and answers throughout the show.

Directly following, Phillips will sit and sign a special “hatch show print” poster for everyone in attendance. A screening of Ken Burn’s documentary, “Country Music” will kick off the evening. This program will air on PBS Sunday, September 15 at 8:00pm. This event is made possible by PBS WVUT.

Second Sunday Nature Walk – Ouabache Trails Park

“Fungi Foray” will be held at Ouabache Trails Park on September 8. Fungi appears in a vast variety of forms and colors which you could explore along the trail, looking for any types and learning some basics about it! Participants should meet at 2 PM in front of the park office.

Great Places to Picnic

 

Fall is coming, and we are ready for the cooler temps! Now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy nature with a picnic.  We’ve compiled a list of picnic spots in Knox County to get you started.

Gregg Park

Gregg Park is set on 40 acres and offers a walking trail, playground equipment and picnic tables, two shelter houses, as well as two tennis courts with lights, a sand volleyball court, a fenced-in area for horse shoes with eight clay horse shoe pits.

Ouabache Trails Park

Ouabache Trails Park is two miles north of Vincennes off of Ft. Knox Road.  The 254-acre park on the Wabash River features four miles of marked trails, picnic areas & playgrounds in a beautiful wooded setting.

Fox Ridge Nature Park

Fox Ridge Nature Park is a 95-acre public use nature park. The focus of the park is to allow the public a space for recreation, which means walking and hiking, bicycling, fishing and exploring the natural world that inhabits the park.  There are picnic tables and a shelter house on site for all your afternoon picnic needs.

River Walk, Downtown Vincennes

The River Walk offers a scenic view of the Wabash River. Spanning Main Street to Hart Street, this is the perfect place to observe nature, while also taking a break for that afternoon snack.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Nothing quite says Knox County like the George Rogers Clark Memorial. Take your lunch break at the park and enjoy the historic site. While you’re there, take a tour of the largest federal monument outside of Washington DC.  The park has tables near the parking lot.

Kimmell Park

Kimmell Park offers panoramic views of the Wabash River and an overlook with scenic stair-step seating leading to the water’s edge.  Park benches and picnic tables provide a perfect setting for a picnic on the river.  They’ve also recently added a new shelter house perfect for an afternoon picnic. Walking trails welcome students and the community to take in views of the river.

Rain in the Forecast? No Problem!

Rain is in the forecast for this weekend and into next week.  April showers bring May flowers right?!  There are still plenty of opportunities for fun in Vincennes/Knox County! We have compiled a list of rainy day ideas to help you get started.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy Shop or Pea-fections.

Brush up on your Indiana history by visiting our local historic sites including the George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland – Wm. H. Harrison Mansion and Museum and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

Laugh out loud at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy.  The 3500 square foot fully interactive museum is fun for all ages.

Track down your ancestors at the McGrady Brockman Genealogical Research Center

Go on a treasure hunt at our local antique stores.

Get some retail therapy by shopping the downtown Main Street shops.

Take the day off from the kitchen and have lunch or dinner at one of local restaurants.

Warm up with a cup of coffee at Graze 1885.  Bring a book or your laptop and stay awhile.

Feed your creative side at the downtown art galleries; Art Space, Northwest Territory Art Guild and the Open Gallery.

Dine at the Melon Patch’s Delish Deli then shop the gift shop. Don’t forget to sample the delicious homemade fudge.

Visit the Knox County Public Library and check out the latest book or movie release.

Check out one of the most extensive collections of military artifacts at the Indiana Military Museum.

Don’t let the rain keep you indoors or away, get out and explore all that Knox County has to offer.

Winter Agenda

Today is the first day of the winter season and there are still plenty of activities to enjoy in Knox County!

Take a drive to view local Christmas light displays including the Giant Christmas Tree downtown, Gregg Park and Ouabache Trails.

Visit 1972 for laser tag, video games, rock climbing, foot darts, and more!  Admission is charged.

Bundle up and take a stroll on the grounds of the George Rogers Clark NHP and Riverwalk or take a hike on the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Visit the Red Skelton Museum and you’re sure to leave with a smile.  The fully interactive Museum explores Red’s life and career as well as American Comedy.

Warm up with a coffee drink from Graze, Peafections or I’Mpressed Coffee.

Take a swim at the YMCA during open swim times.  Membership is required, visit their website or app for swim times.

Feed your creative side at one of the downtown art galleries.  Exhibits are changed regularly and many pieces are available for sale.

Check out a new book at the Knox County Public Library.  Stay and read it in the sunroom or cuddle up with the book at home.

Brush up on your Indiana history by touring our local historic sites, George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland, and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.  George Rogers Clark has free admission.

Meet a friend at the newly opened Vincennes Brewing Company, Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room or Windy Knoll Winery for an adult beverage!  Must be 21 to visit the winery or brewing company.

Tour the Indiana Military Museum for look at military artifacts spanning the Civil War through the present day.

Any season is a good time for eating frozen yogurt!  Visit Swirls to satisfy your sweet tooth with their variety of flavors and toppings.

Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to pick up 2019 Indiana Festival or Travel guides and explore our great state!

 

Tis the Season for Apples

Apples are in season and Knox County has several locations to get them!  Whether you like them plain, in a slushie or covered in caramel you can find them all here.

Charlie’ Caramel Corn and Candy Shop is making their famous caramel apples.  Do you like yours with or without nuts?  They have wonderful popcorn and candies too.

Pop around the Clock is popping up their popular fall flavors including green apple, caramel apple, and candy apple.  If you’re not into the apple flavored choices they have many sweet and savory varieties to choose from.

The Farmers Market features in season produce including many apple varieties.  Visit the market on Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

Windy Knoll Winery has a great apple wine for the season.

Head up Highway 41 for more applicious options, Apple Hill Orchard has many varieties of apples as well as baked goods.  Apple pie and donuts are made daily.  Enjoy fresh pressed cider or a cider slushie.

The Big Peach has several varieties of apples as well as other in season produce.  Shop for Fall décor items and gifts.

The Big Peach is decked out for fall and cooking up their popular apple fudge.  Shop for in season décor and gift items or have lunch at the Delish Deli.

Happy Fall!

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.