2017 Spring Events at the Porter County Expo Center

Most of us in Northwest Indiana have cabin fever, so we wanted to let you know what’s going on at the Porter County Expo Center, so you can start filling up your calendar. For more Events like These, visit our Calendar of Events at: http://panoramanow.com/calendar/

Bridal Expo, January 22th, 2017, Noon – 4pm —
The Northwest Indiana Bridal Expo is one of the largest bridal shows in Indiana.  The top specialists in the region assemble in one of the largest venues in the region to help brides and grooms get the most out of their wedding planning.  What separates the Northwest Bridal Expo from any other bridal show is the cost.  There is no cost.  For brides, grooms, or any of their guests that they bring.  Louie’s Tux Shop covers the entire cost of the day and some of the show features include: free admission and free parking, complimentary coat check service, complimentary tote bags, over 120 booths, non stop fashions on 3 separate runways, cash bar and beverage service, door prizes all throughout the day, food samples and demonstrations, and incredible show specials.

Porter County Garden Show, Saturday, January 28rd, 2017, 8am – 4pm —
The 13th Annual Gardening Show, “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future,” sponsored by the Porter County Master Gardeners Association has been endorsed as a Legacy Project by the State’s Bicentennial Commission. Award-winning event features keynote speaker Roy Kiblik, regional and local gardening experts, special lodging & dining packages, a seed & bulb exchange, garden photography contest, children’s corner, food service, door prizes, and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for the about gardens and gardening.  Click here for more: http://panoramanow.com/14th-annual-gardening-show/

Saturday Night Y Bash, Saturday, February 4th 2017, 6:30pm —
Enjoy a night of good food, music and dancing while helping donate money to those in need. The evening will consist of hors d’oeuvres, raffle tickets, an auction and great band entertainment. There will also be a selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a spectacular silent auction, casual attire, and live music from the Breakfast Club. Tickets are $80 if purchased before January 22nd. Hosted by the Valparaiso YMCA. Call 219-462-4185 for more information.

Gun and Knife Show, February 18h and 19st, 2017, $6, 8am – 5pm
Strategically located minutes from Merrillville and South Bend the annual Gun and Knife show returns to Northwest Indiana. There will be food on the premises but NO alcoholic beverages, ample parking and nearby motel facilities, easy unloading. All vendors have 75% related items. Not responsible for accidents. Dealers must observe all local, state and Federal laws. Admission is $86.

Antique & Collectible Show, March 4th – 5th, 9am – 4pm, $4 —
Mental Health America of Porter County is now accepting applications from antique and collectible dealers interested in securing booth space at our annual Antique and Collectibles show. The show will be held Saturday, March 2nd, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 5th, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Appraisals will be available on site both days. The show is held at the Porter County Expo Center at State Road 49 and Division Road in Valparaiso, Indiana. Proceeds from the show will benefit the programs and services of Mental Health America of Porter County a nonprofit organization promoting mental wellness for over 50 years throughout Porter County. 219-462-6267. Or visit http://www.mentalhealthpc.org/

Rough Rides Swap Meet & Car Show, Saturday, March 4th, 9am – 1pm, Admission: $5 — Northern Indiana Cruisers Motor, Club is a non-profit organization, for the enjoyment of car restoration and preservation. $5 admission. Buy, Sell, Trade or Swap automobile whole or parts, apparel, memorabilia or just about anything of interest. Kid friendly event with general public invited.

Porter County Home Improvement Market, March 10th – 12th, 2017

FREE admission for the public in celebration of our 40th year! Seeking vendors – booths as low as $225! Do you specialize in products or services used in decorating, remodeling, furnishing, or home improvement? If you have an artistic flair or promote innovative concepts for the home or daily life – register now! Great exposure for local businesses, large or small. Call 219-464-2944 or visit hbanwi.com/events/home-improvement-market for more information or to register.

Shipshewana on the Road, March 18th – March 19th
Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show is a weekend of fun where you’ll find anything and everything under the sun! Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun. For the past two decades, Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show has brought the most innovative, most creative and just plain awesome products to our customers. You’ll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else. Come and join us. You’ll be glad you did!

Earth Day Celebration, April 22nd, 2017

Sue Baxter