DeMotte, Indiana in Jasper County: Bursting with Hometown Pride

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DeMotte, Indiana in Jasper County: Bursting with Hometown Pride

DeMotte, Indiana Downtown

DeMotte, Indiana Downtown

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.

DeMotte, Indiana

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!

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DeMotte, Indiana Downtown

DeMotte, Indiana Downtown

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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  1. jessica Saunders October 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    As a former resident of DeMotte, I have to say you hit it spot on. Oh, how I miss the Chocolate shop, but probably a good thing we moved before it’s location was moved to just a block away from our house, a little too tempting! And some of the lack of historic downtown buildings may be due to a fire there many years back. I live in Culver now, you should check it out…the Military academy, the restaurants, the lake, the parks, the downtown is fabulous, I could go on and on. We love it here!

  2. Jenny December 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Here from SITS! Great idea for a blog…I don’t think I’ve seen another like it!
    Saw your comment on SITS and it made me laugh b/c my toddler’s at preschool and my baby is asleep too, but it’s about time to wake him and go pick up big brother.
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..Support our troops this Christmas! =-.

  3. Jennifer Neill December 16, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Ok, you’ve sold me…Road Trip!
    .-= Jennifer Neill´s last blog ..Fun Kids Christmas Nativity Craft =-.

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