June 5-6: National Road Yard Sale
Starting out June is the Historic National Road Yard Sale, with local homeowners hosting sales along National Road Route 40 all the way from Missouri to Maryland. You can search for treasures along the Greenfield portion of the route, with easy-to-browse vendor sales at the Courthouse Lawn & Plaza, courtesy of Greenfield Main Street.
June 9: Beach Party Family Concert at Daniel’s Vineyard
Daniel’s Vineyard in McCordsville hosts live music and summer concerts every weekend, with their monthly family concert series hosted on weeknights. The concert in their series is the BeLocal Family Beach Party Concert to be held on June 9 from 5-7 p.m. This event is free with RSVP for families, and donations will be accepted for a local nonprofit. Jam out with Annie’s Jam and enjoy themed food and drink specials, balloon animals, door prizes and more!
June 11: Greenfield Strawberry Festival
On June 11 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m., plan to visit the Greenfield Strawberry Festival, one of our favorite annual hometown traditions. This free community event is hosted in the lot across from Bradley United Methodist Church, where you can partake in a yummy homemade strawberry shortcake topped with your choice of ice cream, whipped topping or both!
June 11: Pixie Book Celebration at Riley Boyhood Home
After you enjoy a strawberry shortcake, take your family over to the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum for the Pixie Book Celebration. You’ll get the chance to meet local author and illustrator Judy Daniels Laird for a book reading and signing of “What Tilly Knows: A Pixie’s Amazing Discovery.” From 5-8 p.m. you can create your own pixie book or garden (best for ages 5-8). Register today by contacting the museum.
June 18-25: Hancock County 4-H Fair
A beloved annual tradition, the 165th Hancock County 4-H Fair is set to take place June 18-25. This year’s event will include animal and project exhibitions/judging, livestock auctions, a Silly Safari show, pet parade, talent show and Demolition Derby/MotoCross. Mark it on your calendars today to come out and support our local 4-H members at the county fair.
June 25-26: New Pal Summer Fest
The New Pal Summer Fest is an annual Hancock County tradition, and this year, New Palestine is turning 150 and hosting an extra special sesquicentennial celebration. This year’s festival will include the Dragon Dash 5K Run, Dragon Derailleur 25-mile bicycle ride, the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department parade, a car show, food trucks, vendor and craft booths, live music and more. To close out the festival, enjoy fireworks on Saturday night.
June 26-27: Great American Campout
Join families across the country in the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout, with a local event hosted at McCordsville Town Hall Park. Fun family-friendly events will take place throughout the evening, including a screening of “The Secret Life of Pets” under the stars. If you wish to camp overnight, be sure to pre-register for this free event and bring your own camping gear.
BONUS: Libby’s Ice Cream Greenfield now open!
If you love ice cream on a hot summer day, be sure to visit Libby’s Ice Cream at their new Greenfield location! Libby’s Ice Cream in Fortville is a Hancock County favorite, and their second shop on Pennsylvania Street in Greenfield opened on May 31. Open for walk-up service seven days a week, Libby’s is sure to hit your sweet tooth craving this summer.
Photo: Hancock County Fairgrounds Sign, City of Greenfield website