As warmer weather descends on the Region, thoughts turn to family-friendly activities and events that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors.

The area has its share of festivals and fairs that beckon fans of fun, food and non-stop activities. There are fests which celebrate popular foods, fairs that have been around for decades and assorted events honoring towns, notable people and holidays.

The following list highlights a sample of notable fests/fairs in the area. Let us know about some of your favorites.

By Eloise Marie Valadez, Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, 219-933-3365