Wakarusa, Indiana

Welcome to Wakarusa, Indiana. A city built around farming, manufacturing, and the kind-hearted spirits of the people living in Wakarusa. 

Wakarusa is located in Northern Indiana and sits just south of the city of Elkhart and just north of the city of Nappanee. Wakarusa was originally named Salem before the town got renamed in 1859. It’s a small town with a close-knit community, good home grown food, quality schools, and a workforce that works hard to build things.

Population estimates have just under 2,000 people currently residing in Wakarusa, Indiana. The town also sees many locals from neighboring cities come through each day as employees hold jobs at large manufacturing plants like Thor, Clayton Homes, and Prime Time Manufacturing.

Elkhart County is notorious for building things, mainly recreational vehicles and modular homes, but you’ll also find cabinet manufacturing, farm equipment, and other items being built here. The RV industry makes up a higher percentage of the workforce. Thor Industries, for example, is a multi-billion dollar company that lives here in Elkhart County and Wakarusa is home to a few of Thor’s manufacturing plants.

In 1979, neighboring city Nappanee and Wakarusa combined their schools to create the Wa-Nee Community Schools. Northwood Middle School and Northwood High School are located here in Wakarusa.

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School Information

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Things to Do in Wakarusa

Wakarusa is home to one of the prettiest flower gardens in the county. These flower gardens are known as Quilt Gardens and there are 17 of them in total across the Heritage Trail in Elkhart County. Make sure to stop by and check out the beautiful quilt garden of Wakarusa!

Each year, Wakarusa hosts the Maple Syrup Festival and also holds a parade to add to the celebration festivities.

During fall months you’ll find a very large and tall pumpkin tree on display in the town square. During winter months, if you head to the town square you’ll find a beautifully decorated, 25 foot tall Christmas tree. Enjoy sipping on hot cocoa and trying out the cookies during the lighting of the Christmas tree festivity.

And be sure to stop by the Wakarusa Dime Store, a candy store that is famous for its jumbo jelly beans!

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