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Life’s Better Here in DeKalb County

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) — It’s almost summer and that means it’s time once again to hit the road and explore all the fun that 21Country has to offer.

Our trip took us back to downtown Auburn where last year we had a great time exploring all the sights and smells of the square, and this year upon returning, we found out that there is, even more, to see and do here.

Downtown Auburn is gorgeous. The architecture, the landscaping, the cleanliness, it has the whole package. So it’s no surprise that the square continues to grow and pulse with life. Jeremiah Otis of Jeremiah’s Coffee Shop says that’s the product of years of hard work.

“We’re finally seeing the fruition of all that work out here in our community,” Otis said. “We’ve just moved into this fantastic new space. All these windows. We have this amazing view of the courthouse and all the activity downtown.”

Last year, we made quick stops at Sixteen Thirteen Boutique and Hang 10 Tropical Ice, which were new on the scene. These businesses are still going strong. Auburn visitors may also remember the art exhibits that Dot Downtown during the summer. This year, the exhibit is named “Eccentric Picnic.”

“It features 20 wooden youth-sized picnic tables of all different kinds of artistic talent that is bringing them to us this year, so please come to Auburn and check them out,” Mike Littlejohn, President of the Downtown Auburn Business Association said.

Local and regional artists are responsible for these creations, and you can admire them through September. For some additional outdoor entertainment, head to the Dekalb Outdoor Theatre. Live concerts take place here all the time during the summer, and admission is free. And here’s a theatre experience you can’t pass up: catching a movie under the stars at the Auburn Garrett drive-in. These are a rare breed now so be sure to look them up.

“There’s just so much to see, and we just look forward to all of our visitors this year,” Littlejohn said.

The harmony and growth of Dekalb County certainly reveal that life is better here, but Jeremiah says there’s something else that contributes to the quality of life.

“The people,” Otis said. “We have the most amazing people in our community, and I would not trade them for the world.”

Caleb Chevalier

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