'19 Kids And Counting' Comes to Porter County

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The stars of a popular cable television reality show spent time last week in northwest Indiana. TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" filmed several scenes in Porter County, including a fishing competition aboard a tour boat from Chesterton and activities at Indiana Dunes State Park. August 25, 2014

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PORTER COUNTY, Ind. - The TLC network's television show "19 Kids and Counting," which chronicles the life of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, spent Thursday filming in Porter County.

Cast and crew members dined in Chesterton, enjoyed a fishing adventure aboard Triplecatch Charters in Portage and enjoyed campsite activities at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton.

Their trip to Indiana Dunes Country was guided by Indiana Dunes Tourism.

The entire Duggar family wasn't in Porter County. Rather, the fishing and camping adventure was set up after Josh (eldest of the 19 Duggar children) his wife, Anna Duggar, and their children (Mackynzie, Michael and Marcus Duggar), who live in the Washington, D.C. area, decided to take a road trip to the Chicago area to visit Anna's sister, Priscilla Waller, and her husband, David Waller, and their son, Paul Waller.

Since Josh and Anna Duggar were going to be in the Chicago area, the Indiana Dunes trip was planned. Once the Duggars and Wallers got to Porter County, Josh Duggar and his brother-in-law went on a fishing adventure. Triplecatch Captain Rich Sleziak's boat took the men from Marina Shores in Portage onto Lake Michigan for a friendly fishing competition.

Meanwhile Anna Duggar, her sister and the kids went to Indiana Dunes State Park to set up the campsite and get ready for campsite activities.

The "19 Kids and Counting" episode featuring Porter County is tentatively scheduled to air Nov. 18 on TLC. Area residents and fans of the show will have to tune in to see how the fishing competition and camping adventure went.

"The family and crew members shared stories about some great adventures on their road trip and they enjoyed the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan," said Ken Kosky, promotions director at Indiana Dunes Tourism.

"We're excited that this show will highlight the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan, and show how easy it is for Chicago's residents and visitors to enjoy a getaway here," said Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism.

"Each opportunity we have to highlight the Indiana Dunes and our great communities to a national audience is a benefit to tourism and our local economy."

Earlier in the week, Duggar family members visited and filmed at Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, IN.

Weimer said in addition to being highlighted on "19 Kids and Counting," the Indiana Dunes area has been featured this summer by CNN, USA Today and others.

USA Today in June included Indiana Dunes State Park in its feature, "20 stunning state parks across the USA." CNN in July included the Indiana Dunes in its "50 states, 50 spots: Natural Wonders" feature. And competitor.com in July picked the Indiana Dunes as one of "20 Must-Run Trails Across The United States."

Source: Indiana Dunes Tourism