DeMotte, Indiana is surprisingly bustling. Well, every day but Sunday.
On Sundays, DeMotte basically closes its doors and takes a little break from the rest of the world.
Expect to drive around DeMotte, parking as needed, to hit the various clusters of shopping centers that all span outward from what is a tidy but very small downtown.
Strangely enough, this is also the only part of this Indiana town with any architectural interest. Where are all the historic buildings? Other than that, navigating is easy enough because everything is located on the main drag, Halleck Street.
While downtown, make sure to hit the Sell-It-Again Shop. It’s like rummaging through Grandma’s attic. So much fun! There are actually quite a few thrift shops here holding the usual assortment.
Don’t forget to pop inside the very large and well-stocked video and game store Movie Madness. This mom and pop shop not only rents movies and games but sells them too–and for a steal!
Demotte Festivals and Events
To really see DeMotte hopping, head out for the big event: The Town and Country Day Festival, historically referred to as the Touch of Dutch Festival.
Traditionally held the second Saturday in August, the Touch of Dutch festivities begin with what I’ve heard is a terrific 5K walk or run, a giant parade with oodles of candy throwing floats (which I know from experience), arts and crafts booths, and fair-type food booths. It overflows from behind DeMotte Elementary School to Freedom Park across the street.
There was something pretty exciting in DeMotte, particularly for an ice cream addict like me: The Chocolate Shop, a fantabulous ice cream parlor and candy store!
Add it all up and, as you can see, I can almost guarantee a good time in this Jasper County town.
Anyone else remember the days of the giant tissue paper flowers on sticks you could buy at the Town and Country Day Festival? What are some of your favorite DeMotte, Indiana memories?
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