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Opening day at Simonton Lake Drive-in gets the root beer flowing

Simonton Lake Drive-in opens for the season on a sunny Friday.


Posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on March 8, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.

ELKHART — After this week’s snow storm folks in Elkhart are looking for signs of spring. The opening of Simonton Lake Drive-in Friday, March 8, was as good a sign as any.

Several cars were parked tucked in tight to the menu stands as the drivers ordered their sandwiches, corn dogs, and large mugs of root beer.

Chuck Gooding brought his 5-year-old grandson Nolan Cline for lunch. The duo ate with mugs of root beer resting on the dashboard of Gooding’s Jeep. Nolan chimed in with a big grin on his face that they go on “Jeep adventure days” together.

Piles of snow were hugging the edge of the parking lot, but the warmer temperatures and bright sunshine made it perfect for opening day of the 1950’s style drive-in on S.R. 19 north of Elkhart.



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