Special Events & Festivals

Two full days of entertainment set for upcoming 2019 Pioneer Festival

Lizzie eHoff and her Cough are among the musical acts to perform at the 44th annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The group will play on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. on the festival stage.
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Two full days of entertainment will be featured on stage at this year’s Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Sept. 28 and 29, with performers reflecting both the folk music popular during the country’s early days and the newer sounds of the pioneering spirits of today.

Roanoke’s new royalty

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

In its inaugural pageant held during the Roanoke Fall Festival, Harper Sue Ziliak (left) and Kaden Kreider were crowned Little Miss Roanoke and Little Mr. Roanoke, respectively, on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Roanoke Park. Harper, 7, of Fort Wayne, is the daughter of Danielle Giokaris and Zach Ziliak. Kaden, 5, is the son of Tayler and Kelli Kreider, of South Whitley.

Belting out a number

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Area favorite Wehr Rock of Elders belts out a number for the crowd at the Main Tent at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday night, Sept. 7.

Chaos, madness and fun

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Chaos and madness were enjoyed by hundreds at the Roanoke Fall Festival Demolition Derby on Saturday night, Sept. 7, at the Roanoke Park.

Duck shepherd

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Roanoke Lions Club member Lynn Nicholson stands in the creek at Roanoke Park and shepherds plastic ducks forward during the Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Run on Saturdy afternoon, Sept. 7.

Pie eating contest

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Competing hard in the Roanoke Fall Festival Pie Eating Contest on Saturday, Sept. 7 are Chloe Horne (left) and Evan Blackburn.

Celebrating a big birthday

A float from Seminary Church celebrates the church's 175th anniversary this year as it makes it way down the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade route on Saturday, afternoon, Sept. 7.

Pizza eating

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Several of the competitiors in the age 13 and older group of the Roanoke Fall Festival Pizza Eating Contest start to work on their pizzas. Thye are (from left) Jamon Hammel, Tyler Palmer, Garrett Tanner, Kyle Seidel and Spencer Blackburn. Tanner was the eventual winner.

2019 Roanoke Fall Festival schedule of events


6:30 P.M.
Main Tent


Throughout the day
Kids Activities at the Pavilion

5:00 P.M.

5:00 P.M.

Three parades, many competitions await at Roanoke Fall Festival this weekend

Roanoke Lions Club members dump plastic ducks into the creek at the Roanoke Park to start the Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Run last year. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at 5 p.m.
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Roanoke always brings its best to its annual Fall Festival, held this year on two days, Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7. With three parades, a large variety of festival food and competitions ranging from pizza eating to a demolition derby, Roanoke’s town park will be buzzing with excitement and lots to do.

Mountain Dewe Boys at ASF

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The Mountain Dewe Boys were on the Andrews Summer Festival stage on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 10.

Whole new look

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Face painter Sandy Johnson (left) turns Aria Wohlgemuth, 4, of Huntington, into a feline on Saturday morning, Aug. 10, a the Andrews Summer Festial. Aria is the duaghter of Tyler and Victoria Wohlgemuth.

Parade winners

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The Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry wa sa hit at the Andrews Summer Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 11, with its bubble bath entry.

ASF children's activities

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Jaysa Tingle concentrates as she holds a pail of water on her head and makes her way down a course with swim flippers on her feet during children's activities at the Andrews Summer Festival on Friday, Aug. 10.

Second ASF royal

Asher Long (right) was named Andrews Summer Festival Cutie King on Friday, Aug. 10, at the festival. He is being held by his mother, Ember Long.