Grant County Recreations & Attractions
Faithful attention to authenticity has made Mississinewa 1812 the premier living history event in Indiana and the largest War of 1812 living history event in the United States. The event, sponsored by the Mississinewa Battlefield Society, is a historical commemoration of the Battle of Mississinewa fought here on December 17-18, 1812.At this event, you will step back into the wilderness life of early Indiana Territory. During your travels, you can experience military encampments, Indian villages, rivertown, wilderness area, food & drink, traditional crafts, and music/songs/stories... all from 1812.
Gas City, Indiana boomed in the late 1800's - early 1900's because of the discovery of natural gas. This trip back in time is a celebration. Citizens and guests dress in vintage clothing, eat great dishes such as pulled pork and pies, and experience fun activities and shows, like boxing matches.
Matthews Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival
Walk or drive through the 1877 bridge for unique craft exhibits, continuous live entertainment , a variety of food vendors, antique engines, pony rides, a steam-powered sawmill, antique tractor pull, and the world famous Matthews Lions Club frosted malts! It is held every year on the weekend after Labor Day and is known as the "Most entertainment in Indiana for $2!"
Hog Daze Night
With a beginning that took place on the 90th anniversary of the 1920 Marion International Motorcycle Race, Hog Daze Night represents a group of famer 'hog' boys that were infamous for the picture taken with their mascot, a hog, on their Harley-Davidson motercycles. The team became known as "The Hog Boys." The "HOG" now stands for the "Harley-Owners Group" which is now known world-wide as a leading motorcyle brand.
James Dean Festival
Every September, James Dean fans - the ones who leave red lipstick-clad kisses on the sunbaked headstone of his grave - converge on Fairmount, Ind. and attend the James Dean Festival. Together, they celebrate the life and work of one of the most enduring legacies in Hollywood. The festival's main attractions are the Annual Museum Days and the Annual James Dean Run. This Festival is the quintessential festival for fans that wish to honor and celebrate the young actor who personified what it meant to be "cool" - James Byron Dean.
The Ducktail Run is one of the "best" shows in the Midwest. With approximately 2825 vehicles registered, the Ducktail Show has been said by many to be "the best show they have ever attended." In 2010 there were cars from 42 states and Canada. Ducktail features cars from 1972 or older.