• Peru, IN, U.S.A. in Peru, IN

This unique festival has celebrated the American tradition of the family-friendly circus annually from 1958. The history, however, would make a great film. Seven major circuses wintered in Peru in the late 1800s, and a local man, Ben Wallace, ended up being the recipient of a few exotic animals when one circus owner defaulted. He started his own circus, blind lion and all. Rides, food and games fill up the downtown area during the middle of July for a week as circus performers wow the crowds. The grand finale is the Saturday parade, one of the largest in the state. Find out more about this interesting circus history and enjoy!

This "largest African-American event in the nation" has it all. Over 300,000 people enjoy going to the Convention Center and other locations for this 11-day event that includes life-enhancing opportunities for many ages; bring the family. Health and wellness, business workshops, opportunities for employment, charity events, activities for youth, spiritually uplifting events and entertainment are all included. Nationally and locally known celebrities participate along with the corporate community in this cultural celebration of African-American heritage.

  • Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746-D CR 34 Goshen Goshen, IN 46528 in Goshen, IN

A quarter million visitors attend this county fair just past mid-June, which is why it's one of the largest county fairs in the country. The fair's mission is to provide family-friendly entertainment in the form of free grandstand shows, various competitions and great fair food. That last thing pulls in most of us anyway. You have plenty of time to take advantage of it with nine days of fun.

Points for originality go to this unique and truly American festival celebrating the annual gathering of the French and Native Americans in the mid-1700s at Fort Ouiatenon. The reenactment of this gathering at the fur-trading post includes authentic food, gunfire and smoke from wood fires; who can resist that? The romantic setting on the banks of the Wabash River southeast of town gives the reenactment a 1700s flavor, and the first weekend of October offers pleasant temperatures. It's a great opportunity to experience something different and historic.

The courthouse lawn in Rockville is the site of this event in Parke County which has a whopping 32 covered bridges. For about 10 days in mid-October, arts and crafts aficionados come by the thousands to look, buy, eat and see live entertainment. From flea market finds to real antiques, shoppers bask in the possibilities as they enjoy the fall color and beautiful weather. Small towns and rural countrysides are represented in the arts and crafts items here, but don't forget to see the covered bridges.

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