Believed to be Indianas
first major car race, The Cobe Cup continues to be an annual event for Crown Point,
Indiana. Now a ceremonial event, the once grueling race was originally held south of the
County Courthouse. First held on June 19, 1909, this 25 mile race was the forerunner of
the Indianapolis 500. Awarded the winners cup for the Cobe race was a
Swiss-born man who later became quite famous: Louis Chevrolet.
The first (and only) 25 mile Cobe Cup was an enormous
financial flop. Promoters anticipated an onslaught of race fans, all eager to buy
tickets and flock to waiting stores to purchase souvenirs. What happened, however,
was quite the opposite: the Cobe Cup had a grand total of one paying ticket holder.
More frugal race fans opted for lawn chair seating along the race route, as opposed
to the ticket-charging grandstand.
What was once a financial flop has become a sentimental
success. The Cobe Cup Cruise, as it is also referred, is an annual summertime
delight for those who showcase their vintage cars and for those who view the cars along
that historic 25 mile route.
Downtown Crown Point is frequently
the entertainment focal point for summer days and evenings. One of the best loved of
those times is the Corn Roast. Booths occupy the downtown sidewalks and the
courthouse, touting treats such as elephant ears, shish kabobs, snow cones, and of course
hot buttered corn-on-the-cob. Come enjoy this year's Corn Roast and all
its live entertainment, food, and so much more.
|Taste of Crown Point
What a good time the Taste of Crown Point is! When else can a person so
easily sample some (or lots!) of Crown Point's best food, while at the same time enjoy a
relaxing yet festive atmosphere at the town square? And to be honest, most who
attend this annual summertime event don't just come for a mere sampling, they come to
indulge in a good time and a bountiful variety of foods. Local restaurants set up
booths on the courthouse lawn, ready to serve you their best culinary offerings.
Take a walk around the old downtown square to enjoy the
sights, window shop at the antique mall, listen to live music, eat some great food from a
variety of restaurants, and top it all off with some ice cream or some other Crown Point
Brittany, Dick, Trish, Todd, and Brett Oram treat themselves at the Taste of Crown
Point, while a huge inflatable slide awaits on the other side of the Courthouse lawn.
|Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the East Bunny
Easter time in Crown Point brings delight and fun for kids of all ages.
This spring, kids can be a part of the exciting Easter Egg Hunt at the Old Lake County
Courthouse lawn. After the egg hunt festivities, kids can meet the Easter Bunny and
share in a family breakfast - a great opportunity for holiday memories.
Every weekend during the summer and early fall, Crown Point's Farmer's Market
brings great plants, flowers, and produce to eager outdoor shoppers. Stroll sunny,
peaceful streets while shopping amongst bushels of freshly picked vegetables and booths
showcasing herbs and other goods. Great buys and a lovely morning await you at this
weekly farmer's market.
Doll Parade is an actual procession where dolls and favorite toys are the stars. Kids
can proudly stroll their playmates around the Old Lake County Courthouse while admiring
onlookers cheer. This annual event continues as yet another opportunity for kids to
just have a lot of fun.
Doll Parade Participants Carli Beall, Jori Ana Meyers, and
Carlie Govert (left)
Emily and Alyssa Harvey and Mom Brenda of Crown Point (right)
|Santa Arrives Holiday Party & Parade
A parade of fire trucks welcome in the holiday season
in Crown Point with Santa as the jolly parade marshal. Kids can count on am exciting
and unique view of Santa as he is paraded through downtown Crown Point.
Santa's traditional route starts at The Pointe shopping center
on North Main Street. Santa then waves to
onlookers as he is paraded to the downtown
square. He then stops at the downstairs
level inside the old courthouse where children
of all ages can visit with him and even have
pictures taken with him. (Santa has been
known to stay to talk to people until 5:00
pm. Now isn't he a nice guy!)
Kids, come visit Santa! Not only can you meet
with him, you and your family can even have breakfast with this jolly fellow. Be
sure to have in mind what you want for Christmas, so you can tell Santa personally.
He'll be looking forward to seeing you and hearing how good you've been this year.
The breakfast is at the Crown Point High School cafeteria. Be sure to join in this