LIMA — If you’re looking for it, Shipshewana on the Road will likely have it.
The bargain hunter’s paradise has taken over the Allen County Fairgrounds this weekend with hundreds of vendors.
“We got a full load here — about 212 booths filled with all types of products. There’s artists here, there’s all types of foods, there’s dips, there’s chocolates, there’s Ben’s Pretzel’s, who make the world’s best pretzels. Beyond that, you’ve got several local vendors here. They have some very nice jewelry. One had some re-claimed items, some pallet items for the wall, some farm reclaimed wood items that they made into signage and things like that,” said Greg Fountain, event director.
For Kimberly Shipper of Lima, it’s her first visit to Shipshewana on the Road.
“It is awesome. There are so many things to see and smell and eat and do. Lots of bargains and food, food food,” she said.
We caught up with her at the Amish Foods booth where she bought several items.
Randy Visscher out of Holt, Michigan owns the booth and it’s his first time also as a vendor for Shipshewana on the Road.
“I’ve had my business for going on two years, but I’m a full-time vendor now with Shipshewana on the Road. It’s my first time down in Lima. I do 24 shows with them, then I do from May through September I’m down at Shipshewana, Indiana,” he said.
Shoppers pack the inside of the buildings at the fairgrounds and Visscher appreciates the traffic.
“This place was booming, and I was told there’s still people waiting to get in. I love it. I get a lot of really good customers and I get a lot of repeat customers at the next show,” said Visscher.
There’s a variety of jellies and jams to pick from at Visscher’s booth, including peach orange marmalade, blueberry rhubarb and apple cinnamon jelly.
“All of the foods that I sell are 100 percent Amish made. I do the majority of the distribution for ‘Granny’s Jams,’ and that’s 30 miles east of Grayling, Michigan,” he said.
Shipshewana on the Road will remain open from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. on Sunday. The cost is $5 for adults, while those 12 and under get in free.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.