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Located in the heart of Northern Indiana’s Amish Country, Goshen hosts a multitude of attractions and venues for theatrical and musical entertainment. Families regularly visit Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard, a family-owned u-pick apple orchard and pumpkin patch, as well as Knollbrook Farms, featuring a 10-acre maze, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo and hayrides.

History buffs relish in Goshen’s 45-block Historic District, which is home to the Goshen Historical Society Museum. Patrons also visit the historic Meadow Brook Farm, circa 1860, and the County-managed Elkhart County Historical Museum in nearby Bristol—noted as one of the top 10 history museums in Indiana.

The Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen are bustling year-round with various events, including the IPRA Spring Rodeo, the Autumn Splendor Arts & Crafts Show, the Michiana Chevy Show, auctions and much more. The fairgrounds’ most popular event is no doubt the 4-H County Fair, one of the largest in the U.S. The nine-day fair draws more than 300,000 guests who take pleasure in exciting family entertainment, free grandstand shows, competitions and delicious foods.

Further entertainment can be found through a slew of local theatrical and musical troupes, including the Goshen Community Theatre, the Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House, the

Nappanee Civic Theatre, the Blue Gate Theater, the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra and the Goshen Chamber Orchestra. Weekends at the Electric Brew, a local coffeehouse situated along Main Street, are always bristling with live entertainment. Adding to the list is the New World Center for the Arts and the Music Center at Goshen College, home to one of the nation’s leading performance venues and the Abner Hershberger Art Gallery.

Guests spending more than just one day in the area choose to stay in one of several high quality hotels and motels. The choices include the Best Western Inn, the Courtyard by Marriott, the Hampton Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, the Travelodge Inn and the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center in Middlebury.

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