Special Events & Festivals

Getting first pick

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kim Nelson (left) of Kim’s Katered Affair picks out cupcakes ordered by Cindy Bellamy, of Huntington, at the beginning of JeFFFest, Sunday, June 19, in downtown Huntington.

Swingin' sound

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Saxophonist Dave Streeter of the Eric Clancy jazz band plays a sultry solo on the open-air stage in downtown Huntington during JeFFFest on Sunday, June 19. Despite the hot, sticky weather, hundreds crowded Jefferson Street for the event, the final highlight of the Heritage Days Festival.

Big entrance

Photo by Steve Clark.

Smiley the Scarecrow, a 12-story hot air balloon, dwarfs a conventional hot air balloon during the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday night, June 18, at Huntington North High School.


Judging the vehicles

Photo by Steve Clark.

Judges Mitch Mounsey (left) and Troy Weinley take stock of a car during the Huntington County Disaster Team Car & Truck Show on Saturday, June 18, at Huntington North High School.


Bed racers -- not quite

Photo by Steve Clark.

Joy Pleasers Clowns work the crowd by getting on a racing bed before the Heritage Days Bed Race on Saturday, June 18, at Huntington North High School.

Taking a peek

Photo by Steve Clark.

LeAnn (left) and Steve Buzzard peek in the window of a vehicle at the Heritage Days Car, Truck & Bike Show on Friday, June 17, in downtown Huntington.

Working the grills

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dave Hacker (left) and Scot Beaver, in a haze of smoke, work the grills at the ABWA Brat Tent on Friday, June 17, during Heritage Days.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tamara Green (right), of Fort Wayne, grimaces as she deadlifts during the Heritage Days Strength Challenge in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 18. Watching the lift is Christine Bangma.

Pedal power

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Emmery Maher (left), 3, of Huntington, gets encouragement from Dawn Aschleman of Beacon Credit Union during the Heritage Days Kids Pulling for Riley event on Saturday, June 18, in the Kids Fun Zone.

Drumming up an audience

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Wicked Witch of the West in "Oz," one of the many acts in the Vaudeville at the Forks variety show on Saturday afternoon, takes a moment to drum up an audience going down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 18, on West Park Drive.

Fuzzy passenger

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A member of the Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club says hello to the Heritage Days Parade crowd with help from a stuffed bear on Saturday morning, June 18.

Rumbling down the route

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Freedom Riders make a loud statement as they rumble down the Heritage Days Parade route on North Jefferson Street in Huntington just ahead of the parade on Saturday morning, June 18.

Runners precede the parade

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Competitors in the Heritage Days 5K precede the Heritage Days Parade on Saturday morning, June 18, on North Jefferson Street in Huntington.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Riders enjoy their time Friday afternoon, June 17, on the "Vertigo," one of the many rides from Poor Jack Amusements over the Heritage Days festival the past several days.

Kindler, Cooper are tops at Heritage Days pageant

Little Miss Heritage Days contestant Kaylee Dennis (right) answers a question posed by Janelle Buzzard (left) during the interview portion of the annual pageant held Wednesday, June 15, at Crestview Middle School. Seated between them is contestant Zoe Curry. Kaylee is the daughter of Nick and Ashley Dennis, and Zoe is the daughter of Jaron and Megan Curry.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Out of 32 young ladies vying for two crowns Wednesday night, June 15, two — Kirsyn Kindler and Madeline Cooper — emerged to represent Huntington during the city’s 2016 Heritage Days Festival.

Kindler was chosen as the newest Little Miss Heritage Days, while Cooper was crowned Junior Miss Heritage Days in the pageant, held before a standing-room-only crowd in the Crestview Middle School auditeria.

Perkins is Huntington's newest chief

Mike Perkins, director of the Parkview Huntington Foundation and former editor of The Herald-Press, reflects on the Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe honor he received on Thursday, June 16.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Mike Perkins has a special tie to the plaque presented each year to the newest Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.

“Years ago, my dad was asked to come up with an idea and a friend of his, an artist friend of his in Indianapolis named Bill Steinberg, developed this, this chiefs’ face,” Perkins said, moved to tears momentarily as he held the plaque that had just been presented to him.

2016 Heritage Days Festival Schedule of Events


5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
POOR JACK AMUSEMENTS – Cherry Street and city parking lot. Amusement rides and games for the entire family. Height restrictions on some rides.

7:00 p.m.


Several new surprises await at Heritage Days

Smiley the Scarecrow makes his first appearance at the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Huntington North High School. The 160,000-cubic-foot giant dirigible stands 120 feet tall, or about 12 stories.
Photo provided.

Those planning to go to the 2016 Huntington Heritage Days, between June 15 and 19, will likely find some new surprises awaiting them, most notably the 53rd annual Heritage Days parade and the location of other downtown events.

Steve Kimmel, the executive director of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, says the parade will be re-routed this year to help facilitate traffic through downtown.

Kid art

Photo by Steve Clark.

Elizabeth LaMar works on her canvas painting at the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, June 11, in an event conducted by Giggabuggy, of Huntington.

Mounted shooting demo

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chad Kreider shoots out a balloon and maneuvers his horse at the Mounted Regulators mounted shooting demonstration at the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, June 11.

Coming up for a breath

Photo by Steve Clark.

Cheo Horner comes up for a breath before digging in to his second pie in the Markle Festival Pie-Eating Contest on Saturday, June 11, at Markle Park.

Bucked off

Photo by Steve Clark.

Blake Anson starts his way off the mechanical bull in the children's activities at the Markle Park as part of the Markle Wildcat Fesitval on Saturday afternoon, June 11.

Grouches working at the parade

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Markle Grouches judge the Markle Wildcat Fesitval Parade on Saturday morning, June 11. Working hard are (from left) grouches Kyle Decot, Brian Clabaugh, Tracy Ripley and Nicolle Helvie and parade master of ceremonies Jeff Humbarger.

Colorful entry

Photo by Steve Clark.

Members of iAB financial bank come down the parade route as part of the bank's entry at the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, June 11.

Wildcat Festival tunes

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sean Loomis (left) and David Hurt of the band Drymill Road perform at the Markle Wildcat Festival on Friday evening, June 10, at Markle Park in the main tent.

Answering the question

Photo by Steve Clark.

Markle Wildcat Festival pageant contestant Markie Price answers a quesiton during the pageant on Friday evening, June 10, at the Makle Park main tent. Price wound up winning the Miss Wildcat title.

Markle grouches

Photo by Steve Clark.

Each year the residents of Markle select four grouches -- a nod to the town's claim of having 1,102 happy poeple and four grouches -- as recognition of their service to the community. Putting on their best grouch faces for the camera Friday night, June 10, right before the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade, are 2016 grouches Nicolle Helvie, Tracy Ripley and Kyle Decot. Grouch Brian Calbaugh is not pictured.

2016 MARKLE WILDCAT FESTIVAL Schedule of events

Friday, June 10

4:00-8:00 p.m.
PORK CHOP DINNER - Markle Fire Station

5:00-10:00 p.m.
FOOD ALLEY - Markle Park

6:30 p.m.

7:00-8:00 p.m.
WILDCAT PAGEANT - Main Tent - Sponsored by Markle Area Businesses

8:00-9:30 p.m.
OUTTA THE BLUE Bluegrass band from Gatlinburg, TN - Main Tent

9:30 p.m.
FIREWORKS - Markle Park

106-year-old Wildcat Festival marshal to be there in spirit

Helen Bradburn (left) is the grand marshal for the Markle Wildcat Festival parade on Saturday, June 11. Bradburn will be there only in spirit, with her oldest daughter, Eunice Youkey (right), taking her place at the parade.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Helen Bradburn will be at the Markle Wildcat Festival in spirit, but she’s sending her daughter to do the waving.

“Now, I don’t do too much,” says Bradburn, the 106-year-old grand marshal of Saturday’s Wildcat Festival parade.

Inviting units to participate in SSF parade July 1

The 49th annual Salam onie Summer Festival will kick off with the parade on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Parade units are invited to participate.

Awards will be given to the following categories:

Business organization, ball league, service organization, classical vehicle, animal unit, marching band, religious organization, youth organization, antique unit, antique tractor, pooper scooper and color guard.