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Besides Whitewater State Park in Liberty, I recommend river rafting and the local fair in the summer. As I said, this is small town Americana. And yes, if you go to the local fair, you WILL see a tractor pull. If you are lucky enough to own a pickup and have it here, just pull up in the field during the tractor pull and go fomr truck to truck -- you will likely have a cold one in your hand the whole night. This area of Indiana is considered somewhat 'redneck' even by Indiana standards, and as hard as I've tried to lose the accent, it creeps back in -- I get asked a lot if I'm from the south! If you want to see the locals on the weekend, check out Ye Olde Shack, a restuarant and bar where I used to waitress and bartend! Have some pizza at Pizza Pete, which has always been the local high school hang out, watch people 'cruise main' (what else is there to do?) or hang out in the Dairy Cottage Parking lot (one of the turnarounds and stopping points.) You just might get invited to a party. You should also check out Oldenburg, southeast of Brookville. This is a small town where the local convent and girls school is, and has quaint old fashioned architecture, and the street names are in German. Try the Brauhaus restaurant for German food. If you're a 'good ol boy' you'll fit right into Brookville, and if not, you'll certainly be entertained. Better than Springer.
Written Oct 5, 2002