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Labor Day 2023 - 10 ideas to build your weekend of FUN!

While Labor Day symbolically feels like the end of summer, we disagree! There's still plenty of fun to be had - indoor and out - this Labor Day Weekend. Get out and explore Huntington County!
Tip: check holiday hours on businesses before heading out.

1. Head out to the farm!

With an extra day off this weekend, why not stop out at one of the MANY farm shops located within the county to grab fresh-from-the-farm produce and meats to serve up to family and friends. Many also sell craft and other locally-sourced food items. If you haven't had time to visit a farm shop, it's a real treat for anyone at any age. Additionally, watch for details on Phil's U Pick Apple Orchard's opening day - which is typically around this time each year. pictured: Loon Creek Valley Farms

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2. Check out the latest exhibit at the Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center.

Now through the end of September, check out the featured art collection by Tashema Davis. The community is invited to immerse themselves in this compelling art exhibit and experience the captivating world of "The Hood" and “June” by Tashema Davis. The exhibit will be open to the public from August 18th through September 30th. It will be a must-see for art enthusiasts and those seeking to celebrate the richness of African American culture. No cost to attend. Hours are Wednesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Saturday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

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3. Have a picnic by the dam.

Why not take your family picnic to a whole new scene? There's a great pavilion (first come-first served) by the tailwaters of the J. Edward Roush Dam in Huntington. Enjoy views of the dam and the beautiful Wabash River - bring along your fishing poles since the tailwaters are a great spot for catching fish. When you are done, head across the street to the overlook for expansive lake side views.

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4. Explore a new hiking trail.

By this time in the season we get a little de-sensitized to the scenery on our favorite trails. This weekend, grab your favorite walking partner and head out on a completely new trail for the challenge and to experience the nature. Don't worry, there's plenty to choose from including City Parks, several trails at Salamonie Lake State Park and the ACRES Land Trust properties, Tel-Hy and Pehkokia Woods. Let us know what you think! pictured: Salamonie trail


5. Did someone say brunch?

Why not treat yourself to culinary delights at one of the hottest brunch places in the area, Junk Ditch Huntington Tap. You'll fall in love with their delicious options like their brunch burger,chicken and waffles, JDHT Grand Slam and items from GK Baked Goods. Make reservations online or stop in SATURDAY & SUNDAY for BRUNCH from 10AM-4PM.

Photo Credit: Junk Ditch, Brunch Burger

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6. Search for treasures at area thrift shops.

There are plenty of places here in the area to search for inexpensive treasures for you home or closet. pictured: Blue Angel Consignment

*** We've posted their regular hours here but check holiday hours before heading out.

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7. Shop local boutiques and antique stores.

When in doubt, there's always shopping. Spend Friday and Saturday afternoon shopping the charming shops that line the main streets and dot the landscape in Huntington County. For a full list go to our Shopping section. Again, please check holiday hours before venturing out. pictured: Butik

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8. Do a wine and cheese or chocolate and wine tasting at Two-EE's Winery.

If you haven't done a sit down tasting at Two-EE's, please consider this your sign! Make your reservations early for a leisurely tasting with a knowledgeable server. Current offerings are a wine and cheese pairing or a chocolate and wine pairing. During the experience you'll learn about the wines, what pairs best with each and find some new favorites along the way. Grab an additional glass or bottle to enjoy on the property and make it a full afternoon/evening of enjoyment.

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9. Treat yourself to dinner on the patio.

These end of summer temperatures are perfect for a night of dining on the patio. You're in luck because we have a number of restaurants that feature outside dining (weather and staffing permitted). pictured: Wise Guys Downtown

Here are a few options:

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10. Kick back and relax at Rustic River Outfitters.

Twist our arms for an excuse to have a chill afternoon at Rustic River Outfitters in Mt. Etna. Do a wine tasting or grab one of their from-scratch slushies and pull up a chair outside. Call in advance to reserve a kayak for a river adventure. Open Wednesday-Thursday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Friday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Saturday12:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Sunday12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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