Special Events & Festivals

Warren's Samuel Jones Award to Ackley

Mike Ackley (left), of Warren, gets a big hug from his mother, Ruthann Ackley, after being named the 2015 Samuel Jones Pioneer Award winner on Friday, July 3, at the Knight Bergman Civic Center. The award kicks off the 48th annual Salamonie Summer Festival, which runs July 3, 4 and 5 in Warren.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mike Ackley said he was duped into coming to the 27th annual Samuel Jones Pioneer Award Breakfast on Friday, July 3.

It was only 15 minutes before he came forward to accept Warren’s most distinguished award that he found out he was the winner.

“I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t think it was me. I was told it was somebody else and I was here for them,” Ackley said. “I’m overwhelmed.”

Freedom singers


Photo by Lauren Frischman.

The Heartland Singers belt out a number during "Freedom on Main: An All-American Family Experience" in downtown Roanoke on Wednesday, July 1. The singers and the Heartland Jazz Orchestra teamed up to do jazz standards, patriotic songs and jazz classics during the performance.

Jazzy sound


Photo by Lauren Frischman.

Led by Maestro Robert Nance (left), the Heartland Jazz Orchestra rocks the house in downtown Roanoke on Wednesday, July 1, as part of "Freedom on Main: An All-American Family Experience."

Freedom face paint


Photo by Lauren Frischman.

Jorga Garno (left) has her face painted by Georgia Gladding, a Sweetcakes Entertainment employee, during the "Freedom on Main: An All-American Family Experience" in downtown Roanoke on Wednesday, July 1.

Bands, zip line, fireworks and more await at Salamonie Summer Festival


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Three bands, a zip line, fireworks and more are in store for the 48th annual Salamonie Summer Festival July 3 through 5 in Warren.

The zip line is a new addition, says festival chair Cheryl DeWeese, and will take riders on a block-long flight down 2nd Street from Main Street to Nancy Street.

“It’s a short ride, but it will be fun,” she promises.

Contact sport


Photo by Steve Clark.

Caleb Featherston (left) and defender Bryce Hartman make contact during The Rebel 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, June 27, at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren. The tourney, part of the Salamonie Summer Festival, was moved indoors due to Saturday's inclement weather.

2015 Salamonie Summer Festival Schedule of Activites

FRIDAY, JULY 3   

All Day
ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW, The Daugherty Companies, 534 E. First Street

7:30 a.m.
SAMUEL L. JONES BREAKFAST, Knight-Bergman Center

9:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.
SALAMONIE VALLEY MUSEUM OPEN, Knight-Bergman Center

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
BAKE-OFF ENTRIES ACCEPTED, Crumbs Bakery, 201 N. Wayne St.

12:00 noon – 8 p.m.
QUILT SHOW, Heritage Pointe

1:00-5:00 p.m.
LIBRARY BOOK SALE, Warren Public Library

Balloon festival


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

While the weekend weather played havoc with most of the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, several of the balloons fill up with hot air for display and photos while the crowd looks on Saturday evening, June 20, at Huntington North High School.

Bed racing


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The bed race teams of Bippus State Bank (left) and Bailey-Love Mortuary compete in a heat during the Heritage Days Bed Races on Saturday, June 20, at Huntington North High School.

Vaudeville at the Forks


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Emily Albertson (right) sings while Allie Everts performs ballet during the Vaudeville at the Forks on Saturday, June 20, as part of the Huntington Heritage Days celebration.

Painted boy


Photo by Steve Clark.

Logan Hale (left) has his face decorated by Dana Spahr during Giggabuggy Face Painting in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 20, at the Huntington Heritage Days.

HD Cornhole Challenge


Photo by Steve Clark.

Nick Carl (right) tosses a bean bag while Rick Maggart looks on during the Heritage Days cornhole Challenge in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 20.

Amusing


Photo by Steve Clark.

Braxton Wakefield (middle) gets some help from his mother, Brittany Walkefield (right), dujring a ring toss game Saturday, June 20, at the Poor Jack Amusements area on Warren Street in downtown Huntington during Huntington Heritage Days. Game attendant Peggie Hill looks on.

Strenth Challenge


Photo by Steve Clark.

Jason Schwartz competes in a portion of the Heritage Days Strength Challenge V on Saturday, June 20, in downtown Huntington.

Playing the ponies


Photo by Steve Clark.

Lasette Futrell (middle) rides a pony in downtown Huntington as part of the Kids Fun Zone during the Huntington Heritage Days on Saturday, June 20.

'Broadcasting the 1930s'


Photo by Steve Clark.

Tom Mills, in period clothing, works the microphone on the First Federal Savings Bank float during the Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 20. The parade theme was "Broadcasting the 1930s."

Doing the parade route in style


Photo by Steve Clark.

Gabriella Betterly (center) and Arianna Betterly (right), the 2015 Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days, respectively, wave to the crowd as they are driven down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route by Ed Smith in his antique Ford.

Sweet ride


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington Fire Department's largest truck, the Tower 4, heads down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday, June 20.

Hulk rider


Photo by Steve Clark.

A motorcyclist dressed as the Hulk sits atop his Hulk-themed bike during the motorcycle potion of the Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 20.

Car show downtown


Photo by Steve Clark.

Joe Carroll (left) and his wife, Elaine, look under the hood of a car during the Huntington Heritage Days Car, Truck and Bike Show on Friday evening, June 19, in downtown Huntington.

Serving up lunch


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

ABWA member Marj Hiner (right) serves up some lunch for (from left) Levi Richardson and Steven Wiedenhoeft, both of Huntington, at the ABWA Brat Tent on Friday afternoon, June 19.

Parkview Huntington Hospital wins best theme float at Heritage Days Parade

With Mike Perkins doing the broadcasting 1930's style, the Parkview Huntington Hospital float heads down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 20. The float was judged best theme float, with the theme being "Broadcasting the 1930s."
Photo by Steve Clark.

Parkview Huntington Hospital won best theme float on Saturday, June 20, at the 52nd annual Heritage Days Parade.

Parkview's honor from the judges came for its effort using the theme "Broadcasting the 1930s."

Best theme float award was sponsored by Capozza Appraisals.

Eight other awards were also handed out after the parade, which had 107 entries.

Great weather for ducks


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Despite a steady rain, Brody Evans, 16 months, of St. Paris, OH, plays in the duck pond on the midway of the Poor Jack Amusements carnival on Wednesday, June 17 for the first day of Huntington’s Heritage Days festival. Brody is the son of Amanda Evans.

Marsh takes place as chief of the Flint Springs Tribe

Marj Hiner (left) 1989 chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, and the newest chief, Ruth Marsh, share a laugh after the annual Chief's Breakfast on Thursday, June 18, at the LaFontaine Golf Course.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ruth Marsh has taken her place as chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.

“You’re going to be surprised, but I’m speechless,” a tearful Marsh told the crowd assembled at LaFontaine Golf Course on Thursday, June 18.

The chiefs’ breakfast serves as the traditional kickoff to Huntington’s Heritage Days celebration, and Marsh managed to stop the tears long enough to perform her one and only responsibility as the 2015 chief — declaring the festival officially open.

Junior Miss Heritage Days court


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Arianna Betterly (fourth from left) won the Junior Miss Heritage Days title during the pageant held Wednesday, June 17, at the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the Huntington University campus. The court includes (from left) Madeline Cooper, fifth runner-up; Sophie Riggers, fourth runner-up; Audrey Gradeless, third runner-up; Betterly; Mandi Lippe, second runner-up; and Lauryne Elizabeth Pearson, first runner-up.

Little Miss Heritage Days court


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Gabriella Betterly, fourth from left, won the Little Miss Heritage Days title during the pageant held Wednesday, June 17, at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts. The court includes (from left) Zitlalic Valdez, fifth runner-up; Madalynn Wellman, fourth runner-up; Kennedy Baker, third runner-up; Betterly; Elise Felver, second runner-up; and Kirsyn Kindler, first runner-up.

Emotional chief


Photo by Scott Trauner.

An emotional Ruth Marsh says a few words of thanks after being named the 2015 Chief of the Flrint Springs Tribe on Thursday morning, June 18, at LaFontaine Golf Club at the annual chief's breakfast. The chief's breakfast is the traditonal kick-off to Heritage Days.

HD Tour highlights ‘high tech’ canal transportation

Dwight Ericsson will lead bus tours featuring the historic Wabash & Erie Canal on Saturday, June 20, as part of the Heritage Days festivities. He is pictured inside the Huntington County Historical Museum with a model of a canal boat as it looked during the first part of the 19th century. Tours will begin at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., leaving from the museum. Tickets are available for purchase at the museum.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A chance to imagine life on a canal boat back in the first part of the 19th century awaits those who embark on a tour of the Huntington Wabash & Erie Canal on Saturday, June 20 during the Heritage Days Festival.

The bus tour will leave from the Huntington County Historical Museum parking lot on two excursions, the first at 1 p.m. and the second one at 2:30 p.m. The guide on both tours will be Dwight Ericsson, who has given lectures about the history of Wabash & Erie Canal, along with some interesting trivia:

Lees return again to co-chairmen role for upcoming Heritage Days

Judy (left) and Craig Lee take a break outside in front of the KFC Restaurant they own in Huntington. The couple is serving as the co-chairs of the Heritage Days festival steering committee. This is the second year they have headed up the five-day event.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Craig and Judy Lee return this year as the co-chairs of the Heritage Days Festival Steering Committee.

It will be the couple’s 16th year of being involved in the festival, and the second as its chairmen. They have headed up committees in the past, including the parade, food vendors and the downtown Marketplace.

On Saturday, June 20 they will be in charge of the Kids Fun Zone from noon to 4 p.m. They say their favorite part of the job is providing fun for a lot of people who come to the festival, especially the youngsters.

JeFFFest vendors list foods for event on last day of Heritage Days

The LaFontaine Arts Council JeFFFest food vendors have decided which items they will offer for the family-friendly community event that takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the last day of Heritage Days, Sunday, June 21, in downtown Huntington.

The list of local food vendors and their offerings is as follows:

• JD’s – homemade ham salad on a croissant or homemade chicken salad on a croissant, each one served with either potato salad or macaroni salad.

• The Rusty Dog Irish Pub – shrimp pasta salad, bangers and mash, bacon cole slaw.

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