There's more than corn in Indiana. And there's a lot more to do than buy and sell cars this weekend in Auburn.
While many people think of collector-car auctions when someone mentions the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, this week's festival actually is a separate event filled with activities for people of all ages and interests, said Sarah Payne, festival executive director.
Most events will take place Thursday-Sunday in and around the DeKalb County Courthouse Square in downtown Auburn.
This year's festival celebrates all models of Auburn cars, Payne said.
The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club selects the car being highlighted each year, Payne said. Normally, they select a particular model of Auburn, Cord or Duesenberg, all of which were once produced by companies owned by E.L. Cord, who started out running only the Auburn Automobile Co. in Auburn.
This year, the ACD Club decided to celebrate all Auburns.
Typically, more owners of the highlighted car show up for the festival, so Payne expects to see a lot of Auburns on the streets of Auburn this weekend.
She also expects more than 200 classic cars will roll through downtown Auburn in the festival's annual Parade of Classics car parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, which always ranks as one of the highlights of the festival.
Payne also is excited about two additions to the festival:
*The ACD Chassis Pearl, an artisans' village marketplace, will feature vintage, upcycled and artist-created jewelry, paintings, wearable art, vintage-inspired clothing, furnishings and more at the grassy lot on Main Street between 13th and 15th streets in downtown Auburn.
The event is being organized by LoriKay Nicholls, an artist originally from Auburn but now living in Hoagland, southeast of Fort Wayne, Payne said.
Hours will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost for the Grand Opening event Thursday is $10 per person in advance and $15 at the gate. Admission is $5 per person Friday and Saturday; two-day passes also are available.
In Fort Wayne, tickets are available in advance at the Poppy Cottage, 1321 E. State Blvd.; 's Wonderful Interiors, 6326 W Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza; and the Olive Twist, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza. In Auburn, advance tickets are available at Possibilities, Expressions Gallery, Unique Pieces and the Olive Twist.
*Fort Wayne food trucks also will set up and serve Thursday-Saturday at the festival.
“It really is so new to the region, we are really pleased to welcome them to Auburn,” she said.
Fort Wayne Food Truck Association vendors scheduled to participate are JumBy's JoiNt, Bravas, Whip & Chill, Ragin' Cajun, Affine, Spicer Food Truck, Jimmy Ray's BBQ and Wise Guys Ice.
They'll be parked at the ACD Chassis Pearl marketplace 4-8 p.m. Thursday near Main and 13th streets. They will set up around the DeKalb County Courthouse Square beginning at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, staying into the evening, Payne said.
The food trucks' appearance Friday coincides with the festival's annual Downtown Cruise-In, which begins at 1 p.m. and goes into the night. The event, which also features an ice cream social, live music and children's activities, usually draws 500 to 700 classic cars, hot rods and other collector vehicles, which all park on or near the courthouse square. Cost to display your vehicle is $10; spectators can attend for free.
Saturday will feature a food truck cook-off at 5 p.m., Payne said. Playing off popular chef challenge shows, each participating vendor will be given a few ingredients to use in creating a new dish, but the vendors won't know what those ingredients are until they receive them.