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“Dry land” adventures to try in Kosciusko County

Friday, July 7, 2023

By: Ashley Bishop, KEDCO Intern

This story is part of a summer blog series focused on experiences in Kosciusko County through the lens of KEDCO Communications Intern, Ashley Bishop. As a K-County native and senior at Butler University, Ashley shares her inside scoop on things to do and places to see, as a 20-something living life fully in Kosciusko County.

With 100+ lakes in Kosciusko County, lots of fun happens on the water. But there are numerous options for those who prefer to hang on dry land. You can take part in the arts by painting pottery, drawing, or watching a show. There is an unending list of things to do outdoors. Plus, the county has loads of events to create a summer full of family fun.

One exciting thing that was a highlight of my childhood was the Kosciusko County Community Fair. Next week, July 9-15, our county’s fair is taking place. Growing up, I was a sucker for the rides like every other kid, but now I love to look at the animals in the 4-H portion and get some ice cream. Personally, I’m a sucker for the strawberry and vanilla swirl soft serve. 

The county has numerous options for the outdoors during the summer months that I really think make this place special. Between the parks, campgrounds, and miles of trails offered throughout the local landscape, it’s hard to go wrong. We have loads of 5ks, triathlons, and biking opportunities to keep the community active. 

One of my favorite things to do on my Saturday mornings is to venture through the farmer’s markets featured in Downtown Warsaw and Winona Lake. I love being able to grab fresh, local produce and baked goods while also running into friends. While I’m there, I like to grab a good breakfast burrito  at Light Rail Café & Roaster––I’m a huge fan––and I’m usually not awake early enough to get their breakfast. 

Another great and quite unique option the community has to offer is Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. I’ve grown up going to the annual Christmas shows and it was truly a fun highlight of my childhood. This year’s Christmas show is A Christmas Carol! A show in the near future that I’m excited about is Jesus Christ Superstar, showing July 13-22.

One of the more simplistic options to do outside during our warmer months is to simply enjoy the scattered Adirondack chairs around the Village at Winona. It’s quiet and a great spot to read a book, have a picnic, or experience the  serenity. Those chairs offer a great view of the beautiful sunsets over the lake. While you’re there, grab some ice cream from Social and watch one of our famous sunsets!

Throwback photo: Ashley (right) and sister, Grace
at Warsaw First Friday (now Third Friday) in 2011.