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Welcome! Now that we have had a taste of warm weather and the brilliant colors of spring, we are looking forward to summer’s official beginning. Northeast Indiana is a good place to be if you enjoy being outdoors. From our numerous rivers and lakes to our rolling parks and wooded areas, we offer hundreds of locations for outdoor fun.

Whether your outdoor fun is based at a lake home, in a city or state park or in your own backyard, we hope you find this section full of ideas about how to make the most of your time with family and friends as you get ready for summer. We welcome your feedback and ideas for future articles on the topic of summer fun in beautiful northeast Indiana.

Balloons Aloft getting bigger and better BY JENNIFER DECKER jdecker@kpcnews.net

ANGOLA — As they get ready for summer, a growing number of aviation fans will likely put the third annual Balloons Aloft on their calendars. The two-day festival celebrating balloons and aviation will be held Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at Tri-State Steuben County Airport. Admission is free. The event is co-organized once again by Marsha and Walt Drewes, who said 31 balloons from across the country will be featured, weather permitting. “Our main draw is the word ‘free.’ In this economy, that’s the word people look for,” Walt said. “We’ve tried to keep it family friendly. We’re focusing on military,” Marsha said. “We’ve introduced special shapes (balloons) — (Post) Sugar Bear, a birthday cake, a penguin.” The hot air balloons will be the focus at a competition from 6:30-8:30 p.m. both days after a mass launch. It will be followed by an illumination 9-10 p.m. both nights. Saturday, July 7 from 7-8:30 a.m. there will be a hot air balloon competition and pole grab. Hot air balloons cannot be steered, so times are tentative depending on the weather. Aviation wise, a C-47 Skytrain will fly over Saturday, July 7. It was one of the prime people movers during World War II. A restored P51C Mustang will also visit Angola as part of a special commemora-

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Fun on the lakes includes wakeboarding fundraisers BY MATT GETTS mattg@kpcnews.net

Two successful charitable fundraisers are set to be held again in the coming weeks, with both taking advantage of what’s left behind when a boat passes by. The Ice Breaker Wakefest, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society, will be held May 11-13 at Bixler Lake in Kendallville. The Wake Up with RISE fundraiser will be held June 30 on Crooked Lake in Steuben County. Proceeds from the Wake Up event will held RISE, an organization that assists 200 individuals with disabilities in Steuben and DeKalb counties. Both events will have clinics and exhibi-

tions involving wakeboarding, a large rideable board that is pulled behind a powerboat. Experienced wakeboarders can perform tricks using the wake behind the boat. Of the two fundraisers, the one in Noble County has been around longest. Rome City’s Zach Lear has organized the Ice Breaker Wakefest since its inception seven years ago. He was spurred to action when both his best friend’s mother and his own grandmother died from breast cancer. Their memories keep him going, and consequently, the fundraiser. “If we let it die out, we’re letting their

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cornhole, volleyball and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities center, featuring face painting and games for youths. The event will close with a fireworks show at dusk. The first year of the RISE fundraiser drew more than 200 spectators. Now that organizers have one year under their belts, bigger things are hoped for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really looking forward to it,â&#x20AC;? said Erica Bailer, RISEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of human resources and marketing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year was a success. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping it will be much bigger this year.â&#x20AC;? For more information or to preregister for events, people can call 665-9408 or visit riseangola.com.

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Pro wakeboarder Clayton Underwood waves to the crowd as he flies high above Bixler Lake during the Ice Breaker Wakefest in Kendallville in May 2011. Underwood and fellow wakeboarder Adam Wensink treated the crowd to high flying tricks and twist during a demonstration at the event to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

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AUBURN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; If the Downtown Auburn Business District has its way, people from all over will be lounging around downtown this summer. In June, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be sitting in 20 Adirondack chairs when DABAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kick Back Adirondack Artâ&#x20AC;? exhibit kicks off. The solid oak chairs have been handcrafted by Pat Payton of Dinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodshop and delivered to 20 DeKalb County artists who are busy transforming them into art. DABA President Mike Littlejohn he hopes the entire community will kick back and enjoy the display. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to try something a little different, but something that would appeal to the masses, too,â&#x20AC;? Littlejohn said. There is no specific theme for the chairs, but artists were chosen based on themes each submitted to DABA with their application. Littlejohn said he is sure the community will be pleased with the finished products. Between 10,00 and 12,000 people take in the downtown exhibit each year, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People come into town to take in the exhibit and they tell their friends and then they come into town and take the art in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really very popular,â&#x20AC;? Littlejohn said. The chairs will be on display through Labor Day weekend and a

wine-tasting and auction will complete the season Sept. 13 where each chair will be auctioned off by Jama Smith with National Benefit Auctions. The proceeds will be divided between DABA and the artists. DABA uses their share as seed money for the 2013 exhibit. Littlejohn said he thinks the chairs will be just as popular on the auction block. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These will be great for someone who has a lake cottage, or a porch or garden they want to display (the chairs) in,â&#x20AC;? Littlejohn said. Again this year, DABA will sponsor an art project for children at the Strawberry Festival. One hundred miniature Adirondack chairs will be available for children to paint and take home.

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Easels on West Maumee: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 25. Art, music and food highlighting local talent. West Maumee Street, Angola.

Friday, June 1 Art and Tours every weekend: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29July 1, July 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, Aug. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Sept. 2. Free Tours of the Mill and regional art from the Tri State area. Art Festival July 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old Mill Shoppes and Art Gallery, 6770 E. C.R. 750N, Fremont. margaretcarlson@hotmail.com.

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Wolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swap Meet and Flea Market: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2, July 7 and Aug. 18. $4 per carload for lookers. For information: 635-2356. Wolf Swap Grounds, 4 miles south of Ligonier on US 33 and 1 mile east on Albion Road, Wolf Lake. Moonlit Garden Tour: 8-10 p.m. Take a moonlit strol through Gene StrattonPorterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formal or â&#x20AC;&#x153;tameâ&#x20AC;? gardens. Home

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Wednesday, June 6 Chain Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lakes Festival: June 6-9. Annual event with fun for all ages. Downtown Albion, Albion.

Wednesday, June 13 Eating the Rainbow: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Noble 1 meeting room. Kids and a parent or guardian will have fun experiencing new, unusual, healthy foods in a variety of colors. Free but reservations are requested; call 347-8161 or 888-737-9311, ext. 78161. Parkview Noble Hospital, 401 Sawyer Road, Kendallville.

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again by The Trading Post Canoe, Kayak & Campground in Mongo. Host Sponsor is Farmers State Bank. Participants can choose from a 7-mile or a 13-mile paddle along the scenic Pigeon River. Ticket prices include canoe rental, life jackets and a healthy lunch. Adult and youth tickets are available with family-friendly options for youth and child paddlers. Sign-in is scheduled from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with boat launch planned for 1:45 p.m. Lunch will be served during sign-in. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paddle will benefit Parkview LaGrange Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rehabilitation Department Contact: Parkview LaGrange Foundation, 463-9004 or email Jennifer.will@parkview.com. You can also register at founda tions.parkview.com/PaddleForParkview. The Trading Post, 7525 E. C.R. 300N, Howe. Renaissance Faire & Marketplace: June 15-17. Enchanted Lakes Renaissance Faire & Marketplace set in the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance period. Stage performers, music, theatrical acts. Admission charge. enchantedlakesfaire.com. Buck Lake Ranch, 2705 W. Buck Lake Road, Angola.

Saturday, June 16 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride: 12th Annual Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. Choose from a 10.4-mile family trail ride all the way up to a 100-mile ride. Pie and ice cream offered at Abshire Park and the Shipshewana Flea Market points. Registration is required with a downloadable form available at Pumpkinvine.org. LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 350 S. Van Buren St. (SR 5), Shipshewana.

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Wednesday, June 20 Shipshewana Quilt Festival: June 2023. Shipshewana Quilt Festival welcomes over 2,500 guests annually; voted one of top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association; workshops, displays, keynote speaker Ricky Tims. Visit ShipshewanaQuiltFest.com or call 800254-8090. LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 350 S. Van Buren St. (SR 5), Shipshewana.

Picnics are fun, but not if harmful bacteria are everywhere. Debra Pontecorvo of the Purdue Extension Office in LaGrange and Doris Sandker, Parkview LaGrange dietitian, will take you on an exploration of the four fundamental elements of food safety and the benefits of providing safe food for your family. Food safety items will be discussed and given that will help you pack healthy and safe picnics. Parkview LaGrange Hospital, 207 North Townline Road, LaGrange. Play. Learn. Soar: 4:30-7 p.m. Kids Fair for ages 5 and under. Fun, food, games. Kids eat free. Contact: Diane

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Community Mission Auction Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Noble County Community Foundation, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier.hagenjeanna@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 18 Community Mission Auction: 9 a.m. Breakfast 8:30 a.m. Auction 9 a.m. Noble County Community Foundation, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier.hagenjeanna@gmail.com.

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Plenty to see, do and buy in Shipshewana There wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any shortage of fun in LaGrange County this summer, with the town of Shipshewana being the centerpiece of activities of all types. The Shipshewana Flea Market, one of the largest attractions of its type in the Midwest, is ready for another busy season. The official start date is May 1. Each year, hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers visit the market that offers everything from antiques to fresh fruits and vegetables. The flea market on S.R. 5 is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will operate on extended hours during the Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day holidays, open Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Shipshewana Mayfest is set for May 4 and 5 with events all around the downtown area. A Shipshewana tradition since the mid1980s, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Colors of Spring.â&#x20AC;? A parade, two running events, kids games, music, donkey basketball, and of course, local food, are all offered so the

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Take steps to make sure your boat is ready for the lake BY MIKE MARTURELLO mikem@kpcnews.net

ANGOLA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Many people agonize over getting that boat ready for its winter nap, but hustle like mad to drop the boat back in the lake come spring. Area marina personnel say you should take great care with putting your boat in the water come spring so you will be ensured of being able to be out on the water all summer and possibly into the fall and enjoy your lake experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say the No. 1 thing is planning when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do it. If you have your boat at a marina, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the busiest time of the year, so call ahead,â&#x20AC;? said Cory Archbold of Drydock Marine Center, Angola. Many people have experienced that sinking feeling of the boat not starting after you trailer it on the ramp and prepare to launch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make sure you check the battery, and if at all possible, run it on a hose before you take it to the ramp,â&#x20AC;? said Les VanStone of Coldwater Lake Marina, Coldwater, Mich. It is recommended that you run the boat on land before taking it to the ramp, but you must be careful when you do. Marinas have special equipment to run boats in their shops, and boat owners can also access this equipment. If you have an outboard, run the motor with a set of â&#x20AC;&#x153;earmuffsâ&#x20AC;? hooked up to a

hose with the water turned on so the engine will stay cool. Earmuffs are a special product designed to deliver water through the intake of the outdrive of a boat. Special adapters are also available to hook up to intake hoses on inboard boat engines. Though many people do it, it is not wise to dry run boats. This can lead to damage of the water pump impeller. If this malfunctions, it could lead to overheating and possible damage to the engine. Running the boat on land also allows you to make sure everythings running fine, there are no leaks and the engine runs at the proper oil pressure. If you are not having a marina get your boat ready for the lake, there are many items you should check to make sure your boat will be ready to run properly. Here are a few items to keep in mind when getting your boat ready for the season: â&#x20AC;˘ Change your oil before you put the boat in. If you do not plan to change your oil, at least check the level and make sure it is correct. Also, check all fluids to make sure they are at their proper levels and the systems are not leaking, Archbold said. â&#x20AC;˘ Check your battery and make sure it has a full charge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing worse than loading everybody up, heading to the ramp and backing the boat in, only to have a dead See BOAT Page 15


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battery,â&#x20AC;? VanStone said. â&#x20AC;˘ Start the season with a clean boat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually we recommend the boat is detail clean at the beginning of the year so it will help your boat the rest of the year, in the summer, sunny times,â&#x20AC;? Archbold said. Clean the brightwork, the metal and teak, so your boat not only looks good, but to prolong the life of these parts. â&#x20AC;˘ Inspect the hull of the boat, or the

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pontoons of a pontoon boat. Throughout the summer, follow the gelcoat maintenance plan to keep oxidation at bay, particularly if you keep your boat in the lake. Clean and wax the hull, too. â&#x20AC;˘ Test all electronics. Bring all the electronics back on board and do a thorough test to be sure they are working properly. Test the radio, GPS, compass, depth finder, and any other marine electronics. If you plan on taking your boat to federal waters, like the Great Lakes, make sure you have all the equipment necessary on board to make sure you meet U.S. Coast Guard approval.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure all drain plugs have been snugly returned to their proper place. Most important, VanStone said, is keep a straight head when you head out to the lake for the first trip of the season. Many people get so excited or they become anxious when in a long line to launch that they fail to think clearly. Sometimes, even the most basic things can get overlooked, VanStone said, like not completely unstrapping a boat from its trailer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had people not unstrap the boat from the trailer and launch the whole package, trailer and all,â&#x20AC;? VanStone said.

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Because the trailer was still secured to the boat, it eventually ran aground with the unnecessary equipment being ferried along, under the boat. While there are very necessary steps to take at the beginning of the season, marina personnel say the best way to make sure your boat gets off successfully in the spring is to make sure it is properly put away in the fall. This means checking all of the fluids, changing the oil and putting the boat to bed clean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty basic if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done all the right stuff in the fall,â&#x20AC;? VanStone said.

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