More features, activities lined up for Saturday’s Sunflower Fair


A girl has fun just hanging out at a past Sunflower Fair. (Photo provided)

The Sunflower Fair celebrates its 22nd year in the heart of downtown La Porte on Saturday, Sept. 18. The fair, which celebrates community and creativity, will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Michigan Avenue between Lincoln Way and Noble Street.

This year’s fair will feature almost 100 craft and specialty vendors. Attendees can find something to satisfy their appetite in the food court, comprised of nonprofits as well as local food trucks, including All Over Creations, the Big Weiner, Fauson’s Ice Cream, HotSpot Café, Mrs. Crawford’s Cruisin’ Kitchen, and Wilson’s Slam Dunk BBQ. The La Porte Farmers Market will also offer locally sourced produce and goods.

Check out the Kids Corner for games and activities such as pumpkin painting and a special project coordinated by Parties on the Gogh.

View classic cars south of Harrison Street, presented by the Michiana Antique Auto Club. There is no pre-registration for the car show and all cars are welcome. Find specifics at

You’ll also hear live music and can watch the Good Time Cloggers on the north end of Michigan Avenue.

The Tom R. Fara Memorial Rib Cook-Off and the Wyatt Wilke Sunflower Contest (judged by the Purdue Extension Master Gardeners) will also be held. Participants for the latter are asked to bring their sunflowers to the judging booth in front of City Hall before 10 a.m. Saturday with judging beginning at 11 a.m. Categories include: Tallest Sunflower, Largest Sunflower Seed Head, and Sunflower Stalk with the Most Blooms.

The La Porte County Public Library will host a coloring contest for kids aged 3 to 12. Pick up a coloring page at the library or one of its branches and return it by the due date (check website) to have your child entered in the contest.

For those who enjoy later activities, a Night on the Avenue has been added this year to keep the party going. Stick around after the fair and join the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Michigan Avenue between Lincoln Way and Jefferson Avenue for a street dance. The band Chronic Flannel will play. Food trucks and a beer garden provided by Dick’s Bar will be there. There will be a $5 admission fee with proceeds going towards future events.

Sponsors of the event include: Arnett Construction & Roofing, Brian Chalik, Hatfield Pest Control, the La Porte Urban Enterprise Association, McCoy Wildlife Control, Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP., and Visit Michigan City La Porte.

For more information on all the Sunflower Fair and Night on the Avenue activities, visit or email Lindsay Jongkind at

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