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By Kristin Kane

TIPTON (Sept. 5, 2014) - Your Town Friday is in Tipton this week!

You’ll find the community about 35 miles north of Indianapolis in Tipton County. The town dates back to the 1840s and is home to about 5,000 Hoosiers. It’s located in the Kokomo metro area.

“Although we are a rural community, we are only 35 miles from the Circle City and as a result, we’re accessible, the city is accessible to us, jobs are accessible to us and we’re accessible to those folks,” says Mayor Don Havens of the community’s small town feel.

A major celebration for the town this summer: the 100 year anniversary of Tipton Park. Havens says the park is very special and gives the town a sense of community and stability.

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“It’s a place where people can come, safely play, there are bicyclists, walkers, ball fields, a golf course, people take great advantage of this great recreational area.”

Havens says the prime location near Tipton High School and Middle School, the Tipton County Fairgrounds and IU Health Tipton Hospital draws in people from all over central Indiana.

How about a movie?

Tipton’s Diana Theatre has been owned by the Paikos family for 88 years. It was bought back in 1926 and named after a Roman goddess. In fact this small single screen theatre has statues of Diana on either side of the screen.

Co-owner Nick Paikos says a lot of small town theatres are no longer in business, but the Diana has survived because of family dedication and a great set of employees. The small, charming, warm and inviting nature has made wonderful memories for many generations.

“Even with gas these days, people are driving from Westfield, Fishers, Kokomo and Frankfort. They come here and enjoy showing their kids what theatres used to be like,” he says.

If your belly isn’t too full of buttery popcorn and candy bars, walk a block down Jefferson Street to Pizza Shack by the Tracks.

“People will drive from out of town, we’ve been dependent on out-of-town business,” says owner Rich Brown.

Rich has owned the joint for 40 years now. It started out as a little shack in downtown Tipton. Today they are known for their all-day pizza buffet and salad bar.

“We’ve always taken pride in our spaghetti sauce and salad bar, but with the pizza line, we have a unique pizza line, it’s different than your average pizza place,” he says.

And something pretty neat – throughout the summer on weekends the Indianapolis Transportation Museum’s “Blue Arrow Train” takes people from Noblesville to Tipton along the Nickel Plate Railroad for an evening dining experience. The Pizza Shack is a participating restaurant – and its name is very fitting: Pizza Shack by the Tracks.

Learn more about Tipton:

Tipton County Pork Fest
Diana Theatre
Pizza Shack by the Tracks
Tipton Park
Tipton Town Website

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