Shipshewana Flea Market
Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Today was the first day of tours for the Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet.  Our passengers were from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

 The guests were shuttled to the Century Center from the various hotels where they were staying, a Cardinal bus met us and we were on our way to the Shipshewana Flea Market.

We were running a tad bit ahead of schedule and the Rise 'n Roll Bakery & Deli was calling our name to stop in.  One of the clerks was right there to greet us at the door and offer a sample.

What a great looking shop filled with fantastic goodies.

A short ride down the road and we arrive at the flea market.  It was a warm day, but it was still crowded, as always.  I believe the prize purchase I heard about was a set of 4 hub caps for exactly the Studebaker this passenger owned.

Can you tell I bought a hat?

After all of our passengers boarded back onto the bus, we headed just around the corner to Blue Gate Restaurant for what has to be the best Amish meal in this area.

Here is one of the main dining rooms on the entrance level of the facility.

We were escorted to our private dining room on the lower level.

One of the guests at the table where I was sitting asked if I knew Studebaker had made watches.  That I didn't know, so he pulled this beauty out of a velvet pouch that was in his pocket.

Lunch is served!

And last but not least......bring on the pie!

Behind the Blue Gate, you can take a buggy ride. 

This horse had just returned from giving a ride.  If you look over his head in the first picture, you can see he was getting a bath to cool off.  In the second picture, you can see the Amish man hosing his underside with water.  He was loving it and had his nose pointed to the sky with enjoyment.

All good days must come to an end, so it was time to board our passengers and head back to Century Center.