Saturday, September 12, 2015

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bonneyville Mill County Park

Bristol, IN


Discover Our Heritage

For the last 175 years, Bonneyville Mill has been the heart of many ideas and dreams from Edward Bonney's vision of a bustling town in the 1830s to the supplier of hydroelectric power in the 1930s. Today Bonneyville Mill remains a center of Elkhart County's rich agricultural heritage.

Experience It

Take part in hands-on activities and exciting contests, such as panning for gold, corn hole, candle dipping, donut on a string, a greased-pumpkin race and much more.  Watch sawmill demonstrations, the grinding stones working away in the Mill, a live, action-packed Pony Pull or the gifted hands of crafters showing their skills.  Purchase a unique gift from the Mill Gift Shop, buy delicious baked goods or fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market or get a delicious bite to eat at one of our food vendors.  No matter what you choose to see or do, a day of fun awaits at the Bonneyville Mill Heritage Day event.

Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events
†† Denotes a new addition to Bonneyville Heritage Day
Music and Entertainment
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Sadie Gustafson-Zook Food Area Stage
9:30-11:00 a.m.

Winsom Hags ††

Farmer's Market
10:00-11:00 a.m. Chuck Pieri-Storyteller †† Mill Breezeway
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Waterford Ensemble Wandering Musician
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Farmer's Market
1:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Mary Ann Hunsberger-Storyteller ††

Farmer's Market
1:30-3:00 p.m. Suite Strings Mill Breezeway
3:00-5:00 p.m.


Farmer's Market

Family Fun Activities
9:30 a.m. Tug-O-War, Sack Races & Egg Race (Kids only)* Children's Area
10:30 a.m. Greased Pumpkin Obstacle Course (Kids only)* Children's Area
11:30 a.m. Skillet Toss (Kids and Adults)* Children's Area
12:30 p.m. Corn Hole Competition (Kids and Adults)* Children's Area
1:00 p.m. Barn Yard Pony Pull Agricultural Equipment Area
1:30 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest (Kids only)* †† Children's Area
3:00 p.m. Donut-on-a-String (Kids and Adults)* Children's Area
4:00 p.m. Stilt Walking Competition (Kids and Adults)* Children's Area

*Preregistration required for all Children's Area contests.  Register at candle dipping area.
Deadline for sign up is 5 minutes prior to start time of each event.  Space is limited.

Historic Demonstrations (on-going) in schoolhouse basement and near Farmer's Market

Flint Knapping ††

Basket Making
Herb Gardening
Horse Sweep ††

Farmer's Market
Baked Goods (bread, pies, cookies, donuts, etc) Maple Syrup
Honey Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Potted Plants Herbs
Flowers Handmade Soap
Canned Goods Hand-crafted Items

On-going Activities

Children’s Activities

(Gold Mining, Candle Dipping, Stilt Walking, Corn Hole, Ropemaking ††, Photo Board ††)


A visit from Edward Bonney, founder of Bonneyville Mill ††

Dairy Farm Exhibit ††

Barnyard Petting Farm ††
Bonneyville Mill in Operation   Milling Equipment Demonstrations
Farmer’s Market   Scarecrow Contest and Judging
Agricultural Equipment Demonstrations   One Room Schoolhouse Open
Wandering Musicians
  Herb Garden Tours
Hand-Milling   Bonneyville Mill Gift Shop Open

Lenora Miller - Biscuits & gravy, doughnuts, coffee, orange juice ††

Ron's River Dogs - Hot dogs and chips ††

Forks Mennonite Church - Haystacks, iced tea
Goshen Boys and Girl Club- Hamburgers, fries, chips, pop, water ††
The Copper Kettle - Kettle corn, carmel corn, homemade Lemonade, water
Auntie Anne's Pretzels- Soft pretzels, pretzel-wrapped hotdogs, flavored lemonade, water
Twisted Cow - Frozen yogurt, gelato, custard, Italian ice, water ††

Vendor/Exhibitor Application Form

(Farmer's Market, Food, Historical Demonstrator,Agricultural Equipment)

Click Here


Scarecrow Contest Entry Form

Click Here




$3.00/person or $7.00/carload


Briar Patch Shelter on C.R. 8

Handicapped parking in the Mill Valley


Bonneyville Mill County Park

53373 C.R.131 • Bristol, IN 46507


2015 Major Sponsors
Gold Level
Silver Level

Elkhart County Convention

and Visitors Bureau

Friends of the

Elkhart County Parks Inc.

Contact Us

Elkhart County Parks

211 W. Lincoln Ave.

Goshen, IN 46526

Phone: 574.535.6458