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Nappanee

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Nappanee is a city in Elkhart and Kosciusko counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 6,648 at the 2010 census. The name Nappanee probably means "flour." Nappanee holds the distinction of having the longest city name in the United States containing each letter in its name twice. The town has several tourist attractions: Amish Acres, Metzler's Shoes, The Arts & Crafts Festival, and the Apple Festival.A tornado touched down in Nappanee around 10:30 pm on 18 October 2007, injuring at least five people and damaging 200 to 250 buildings, half of them severely. The tornado was classified as an EF3. The damage included three recreational vehicles factories that are among the community's largest employers: Fairmont Homes, Franklin Coach, and Gulf Stream Coach.GovernmentMayor-Larry Thompson, a former EMT, fireman, and School Board member. Owns Thompson, Lengacher, Yoder Funeral Homes. Clerk-Treasurer-Kim Ingle, Oversees city finances, including accounts payable, budget, and investments. Primary record-keeper for the city government. CouncilAt Large: Janet BrownDistrict 1: Todd NunemakerDistrict 2: Michael StullDistrict 3: Sam BeachyDistrict 4: Jeff KitsonChristopher Walter- Service to the City: 2010–present — Judge (appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels) Responsibilities: Preside over city court and issue sentences and fines for infractions or misdemeanorsTourist attractionsAmish Acres -Was founded by Richard Pletcher, and is a historic farm and heritage resort. It embodies a preserved barn and Amish house that help to "Embrace the Pace" as Nappanee's slogan implies. Amish Acres celebrates the Amish and shows features of their lifestyle. Amish Acre's original preserved Round Barn was relocated to it current location, and within it was constructed a theater in order to present shows. As well as see plays at Amish Acres, tourist can experience authentic Amish style cooking. Amish Acres offers other activities such as tours of an Amish house and a horse-drawn carriage ride. Amish Acres is home to Nappanee's Arts and Crafts Festival.
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