Special Events & Festivals

Miss Warren

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Hayley Joe Haynes, 16, was named winner of the Miss Warren portion of the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. She is the daughter of Joe and Melinda Haynes and is a sophomore at Huntington North High School. She was sponsored by Warpup Farms. By winning her title, she will perform various duties at the upcoming Salamonie Summer Festival.

Junior Miss Warren

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Cambri Leas, 9, was chosen the winner of the Junior Miss Warren portion of the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. Leas, the daughter of Shonna Leas and Mick Leas, also won the Miss Photogenic award in her group. She was sponsored by the Warren Fire Department. By winning her title, she will perform various duties at the upcoming Salamonie Summer Festival.

Little Miss Warren

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Hailey Pursifull, 6, the daughter of Scott and Melissa Pursifull and a first-grader at Salalmonie Elementary School, was chosen the winner of the Little Miss Warren category at the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. By winning her title, she will perform various duties at the upcoming Salamonie Summer Festival.

Asking the question

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Hailey Pursifull (left) answers a question from Master of Ceremnies Kelly Gray during the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. Winners were chosen in three categories in this contest, which is the successor to the Salamonie Summer Festival Pageant.

Registration open for this summer’s Little, Miss Heritage Days Pageant

Contestants are needed for the Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant to be held Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts. The pageant is open to girls in Huntington County, age 5 to 12, and is part of Huntington’s Heritage Days celebration.

Two divisions will be judged including Little Miss Heritage Days for girls, age 5 to 8, and Junior Miss Heritage Days, age 9 to 12. Contestants will be judged on Interview, Modeling and Photogenic qualities. All contestants will receive a participation trophy and T-shirt.

Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge set for June 20 in downtown Huntington

A Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 20, in downtown Huntington.

The double elimination tournament will begin at 1 p.m. and continue through the completion of the event.

The Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge is hosted by TrophyCenter Plus and Huntington County Habitat for Humanity. An entry fee is charged.

Each competitor will receive a T-shirt and the winning team receives championship trophies and a cash prize. The runnerup team will also receive a cash prize.

Floats, bands, cars, horses and more can register for Heritage Days parade

Entries are being accepted for the 52nd annual Huntington Heritage Days parade, to be held on June 20 at 10 a.m.

The parade is limited to 140 entries and the entry deadline is June 5.

Awards will be presented to the floats best depicting this year’s festival theme, “Broadcasting the 1930s.”

Awards will also be presented in a variety of other categories, including adult group, youth group, antique vehicle, classic vehicle, motorized unit, horse unit, marching color guard and religious unit.

Parade participants may also choose not to be judged.

Easter decorations

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Katie Crider (right) paints Taylor Randall’s face with Easter designs, with Samantha Crider (left) waiting her turn, during an Easter egg hunt and luncheon held Sunday, March 27, at Bethel United Methodist Church, in Huntington. The event was part of the church’s week of Easter celebrations and included egg hunting, games, crafts and prizes, followed by lunch.

Egg-citing decorating

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Crystal Crider (left) and Kaylee Dennis (right) partner up to decorate Easter eggs with different colors of nail polish at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Thursday, April 2. During the event, there were many stations and decorative supplies for the children to choose from to cover their eggs. Kids could visit one station or several until their egg was decorated to their taste.

Bunny business

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Theodore Yeater has his picture taken with the Easter Bunny at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Wednesday, April 1, during the library’s Baby Bunny Bash. Along with pictures with the Easter Bunny, Baby Bunny Bash participants were entertained by a series of spring stories and songs.

Mad scramble

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Participants in the Andrews community Easter egg hunt scramble out for their treasures on Saturday morning, April 4, at the Andrews Fire Station.

A little help

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Two-year-old Brody Wheeler (center) gets some help from grandparents (from left) Jeff Shideler and Patty Wheeler during the Warren community Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning, April 4, at the Knight Bergman Center.

So many eggs, so little time ...

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Elli Hess already has her eye on another Easter egg as she reaches for one during the Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4, at the American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke.


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Children head out at the start of the Salvation Army Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, at Memorial Park in Huntington.

Area churches hold special services to mark Easter holiday

Area churches will hold special services this weekend to mark Easter Sunday and the days preceding the holy day.

Services include:

A community Good Friday service in Huntington will be held on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m.in the Zurcher Auditorium at the Merillat Center  for the Arts, on the Huntington University campus.

The service is hosted by College Park, Dillman and The Well United Brethren churches.

Zanesville Easter egg hunt

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Aria Bodenheimer, 2, of Yoder, looks for Easter eggs at the playground at the Lions Ballpark at Zanesville during Zanesville's Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 28. The event was sponsored by the Zanesville Lions Club.

A shot with the bunny

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Kailynn Land (left) and Kaydence Land (right) pose for a photo with the Easter bunny at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, March 28.

Markle Easter egg hunt

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Kendra Cullar glances up as she searches for Easter eggs at Markle Park on Saturday, March 28, during the town's annual hunt.

Set Easter egg hunt days, times around county

Communities around Huntington County will hold Easter egg hunts on the two Saturdays prior to Easter Sunday.

Communitywide events are set this Saturday, March 28, in Markle and Zanesville.

Egg hunts in Huntington, Andrews and Roanoke are set for the following Saturday, April 4.

Here are the details for each of the hunts:

• Markle youngsters can participate in an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 28, at the Markle Fish and Game Club Park.

The hunt starts at 11 a.m. and is open to children ages 11 and younger, who will be divided into five age groups.

A kettleful of donations

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Jerin Juillerat (left) and Marvin Tudor (right), of the Disciples of Christ Foundation of Huntington, present Capt. Barbara McCauley of the Huntington Salvation Army with a check for $5,000 on Friday, Dec. 19, the proceeds of the group’s kettle drive this holiday season. McCauley says the donation represents the largest single gift from the kettle drive to date.

Local churches get ready to celebrate Christmas and usher in a new year

Huntington Catholic School third grade students Jax Mickley (left) and Jadyn Stecher (right) portrayed Joseph and Mary while other third and fourth grade students played the parts of various animals during the primary grades’ Christmas program on Dec. 10. The animals’ puzzlement over what species the messiah would be was resolved when his parents showed everyone that the “Lamb of God” was a human baby boy.
Photo by Joni Knott.

Local churches in Huntington County are getting ready to celebrate the winter holidays.

The following churches have scheduled special services and festivities to take place on Dec. 24, 25, 31 or Jan. 1 to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ and usher in the New Year.  

Andrews United Meth-odist Church, located at the corner of Main Street and McKeever Street, Andrews, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.

In the spirit

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Heather Christle (left) helps her daughter, Ember Christle, glue decorations on a slice of wood that will become a Christmas ornament. The two were taking part in the Holiday Craft Bash held Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. The session was part of a year-long series of programs for preschoolers sponsored by the center.

Dream Center invites community to a free lunch on Christmas day, Dec. 25

The Indiana Dream Center invites the community to a free luncheon on Christmas day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s First Community Church.

The traditional, all-you-can-eat meal will feature ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and desserts. Dine-in, carry-out or delivery is available.

The church is located at 206 Etna Ave., Huntington. For more information or to schedule delivery of meals call 356-5310 or text 519-0168.

Big entrance

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Santa Claus makes a big entrance at The Trading Post in Huntington on Saturday, Dec. 20, on top of a fire truck from Huntington Fire Departrment Station 3.

For the children

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Volunteer Dixie Harrold displays some of the items donated for Huntington County Right to Life’s 35th annual Christmas Care & Share program.  This year, the group will provide items for 24 children. Each child will receive numerous gifts and each family will receive wrapping materials and a gift card for groceries.

Admiring the tree

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Ellen Leymon (left) and Oma Zent study a Christmas tree at the third annual Winter Wonderland Festival of Trees, held in the Fults Recreation Room at Heritage Pointe, in Warren, on Friday, Dec. 12. The event, which continued on Saturday, Dec. 13, featured more than a dozen trees decorated by individuals, families and Heritage Pointe departments.

Going Christmas shopping

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April Zerbe, of Huntington, mulls over possible gifts for her 15-year-old daughter Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Love In the Name of Christ’s Christmas Gift Shop. The store, featuring toys and items for teenagers, is held at the Café of Hope at Life Church in Huntington.

In with Santa

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Pathfinder Services client Kelly Anderson (left) rests her head on Santa Claus' shoulder after receiving a gift at a Christmas party hosted by American Legion Post 85, in Huntington, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13.

Living Lights

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A scene from the Living Lights show at tte Zanesville United Methodist Church on Friday, Dec. 12. The show's 50,000 lights are synchronized with modern Christmas music, with Scripture reading by children of the church. The 20-minute show repeats each day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. The church is located at 11811 N. Wayne St., Zanesville.

Major gift wrapping

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Carol Baker wraps gifts to add to the growing pile of presents on her table on Friday evening, Dec. 12, as more than 380 volunteers filled the Markle Church of Christ on both Friday and Saturday to wrap 6,600 gifts that were to be distributed to 291 families in Huntington and Wells counties today, Sunday, Dec. 14. Community members donated gifts and cash to purchase additional items for the annual program, which is coordinated by the Karing for Kids organization.