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2019 Covered Bridges Calendar! — Parke County's thirty-one remaining treasures give good reason for calling us the Capital of Covered Bridge Country, with the oldest dating back to 1856 and the newest to 2006. — This beautiful, full-sized calendar showcases a different Parke County Covered Bridge each month. The calendar includes dates for the 2019 Parke County Festivals and Special Events. Continue reading
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2019 Covered Bridges Calendar! — Parke County's thirty-one remaining treasures give good reason for calling us the Capital of Covered Bridge Country, with the oldest dating back to 1856 and the newest to 2006. — This beautiful, full-sized calendar showcases a different Parke County Covered Bridge each month. The calendar includes dates for the 2019 Parke County Festivals and Special Events. Continue reading
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Get your copy of the 2018-2019 Parke County Guide™ as an Adobe PDF Download for only $5.00 and be prepared for the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival! — Stories, Photos, Maps and More! 44 Pages with Photos & Maps in COLOR. Continue reading
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Get your copy of the 2018-2019 Parke County Guide™ as an Adobe PDF Download for only $5.00 and be prepared for the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival! — Stories, Photos, Maps and More! 44 Pages with Photos & Maps in COLOR. Continue reading
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We are especially excited to present this first, of what we hope are many, editions. Among these pages you will find a wealth of good old Hoosier hospitality and offerings. As you leaf through the following pages you will find stories, ads and photographs of hidden treasures and well-known gems in this central Indiana county—some not even familiar to those who reside here. — Copyright ©2018 All rights reserved by Greencastle Offset Printing & Graphics. Continue reading
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The Old Settlers Picnic is now a two-day event: Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25 of 2018 and August 23 and 24 of 2019. These two days are packed with exciting tractor pulls, horse pulls, peddle tractor pulls for kids, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths, and food booths. For the kids you’ll find a Prince and Princess contest, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and more. Continue reading
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When you walk into The Farm and Company you feel like you’re in farm decor heaven. The couple renovated the Schopmeyer’s 1887, 2700 square-foot farm home a few years back and finding some old windows, Maria started painting on them, never with the intention of selling them. Her friends loved them and encouraged her to paint more. Before long she was selling these as well as other primitive decor. Continue reading
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One place you will want to stop and shop while in beautiful and diverse Clay County, Indiana is Concrete Corner Statues in Bowling Green. Concrete Corner sells its lawn, garden, and home concrete statues across the nation and even into Canada. They offer a huge selection of concrete yard ornaments from five different sizes of their hugely popular Big Foot statues to small frogs to IU basketballs to funeral memorials, to concrete tables and benches for your outdoor get togethers. Continue reading
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The Pioneer Cafe opened in late 2017 to a huge success. Named after the former Bowling Green high school basketball team, the Pioneers. Concentrating on great home made foods, a friendly family atmosphere and good old Hoosier hospitality. You’ll find the Pioneer Cafe a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have incredible home-made desserts. Continue reading
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BandWagon RV Rentals in Bowling Green doesn’t offer your typical RV’s for rent! Instead, they offer comfortable and affordable transportation for touring bands, musicians, caterers, and a variety of other players in the entertainment industry. Continue reading
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Ringtails and Tall Tales has been around since Joe Melin started the business in 2002 out of his garage. In 2012, local school teacher, Kevin Cook, helped Joe remodel the building in which Ringtails and Tall Tales is currently located and they became partners shortly after. Continue reading
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Studied by Rose- Hulman Institute of Technology engineering students because of its skewed nature. The Bowling Green Bridge is an example of a simple Pratt metal bridge, extended and widened by curving the top chord into a Parker Truss— one of several disappearing designs of historical bridges that helped build our nation. Continue reading
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Whether you are local or visiting Clay County, one place that is a must see is the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point. Recently featured on CBC news, the (EFRC) is a hidden gem here. Unless the roars and growls coming from the grounds have been heard, many locals are not even aware of its existence or know how it serves in big cat rescues. Since its founding in 1991, the EFRC has become a nationally recognized leader in big cat rescue, conservation and care. Continue reading
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If you want to take a step back in time, the Center Point Hardware is the place to be. From the minute you walk through the front door, it takes you back to a kinder, simpler time where a cold bottle of coke, good conversation, and fun is all a part of doing business. Continue reading
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The little town of Center Point Indiana in Clay County has a well-known research library to many across the country. You will find over 6,000 file folders of Clay County surnames, and records, records, records located in the Clay County Genealogical Society library at 309 Main Street. Continue reading
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“The Farm Connection” is nestled northeast of the small town of Clay City, Indiana (known as “Mayberry of the Midwest”) amid the rolling hills and beautiful woods of the area. It is about a one hour drive from the Indianapolis airport. Visitors to the farm can see the cows grazing, the milking barn, and even watch the cheesemaking process on the days when it is being made. It is a perfect field trip for local school kids, as well. Continue reading
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Clay City Pottery is one of the few family potteries in the nation still making traditional stoneware and they are right here in Clay County! The Griffith family has been crafting kiln-fired clay into beautiful pieces of stoneware for 130 years. The fifth and sixth generations of the Griffith family are now working the family pottery. Continue reading
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Nothing is more nostalgic and more iconic of mid-20th Century Americana than thinking back to the Andy Griffith Show and having a malt—or a cup of coffee— in Ellie’s Drug Store. And there’s nothing today quite like visiting the Mayberry Malt & Coffee Shoppe in Clay City, Indiana—the Mayberry of the Midwest. Continue reading
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For 53 Years, the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department in Carbon Indiana has been hosting a Jonah Fish Fry for their community. Jonah Fish Fry’s are one of the most popular community gatherings around in Clay County. Continue reading
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Deak’s Fur Company, located in Staunton, Indiana, strives to supply the Hoosier outdoorsman with everything to enjoy his craft. Deak’s has been a family owned business for over 45 years. Continue reading
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After nearly 65 years, the Chafariz dos Contos Fountain in the Clay County city of Brazil, Ind. still draws visitors from the South American Country that bears the same name. Continue reading
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The City of Brazil in Clay County is looking good and residents are feeling more upbeat about their community—and it is, in part, due to the organization Brazil Main Street. Brazil Main Street was formed in 2009 by interested folks in the Brazil area who wished to clean up, improve and add beautification projects to the downtown area. The second generation of Brazil Main Street was incorporated into a 501c3 not for profit corporation in 2013. The group works together with other service organizations for the good of the community. It is staffed entirely of local volunteers who share a vision and an interest in improving the quality of life of our community. Continue reading
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Although the Brazil Rotary Club is known for its week long 4th of July celebrations in Brazil’s Forest Park—its 83rd to be exact—the club does so much more for the community. Brazil Rotary Club follows its motto: Service Above Self. Continue reading
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Many interesting and famous people originated in Clay County Ind. and the Clay County Historical Museum is a great place to learn about them as well as other interesting facts and histories of the places and people of Clay County. Continue reading
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Whether you are local or just visiting Clay County, some of the places you will want to explore are our beautiful, peaceful Brazil parks. - Forest Park, offers 49 acres of woodland, a 1/4 mile paved walking/go-cart track, and an incredible 4,000 sq. foot wood playground to delight every child! There is a four-field baseball complex, 13 picnic shelters and a 267,000 gallon swimming pool for summer fun. Continue reading