Special Events & Festivals

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Roanoke Elementary School held its second annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest on Tuesday, Dec.

Area churches announce special services for Christmas Eve, Day

Several area churches have announced special services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

They include:

The Mt. Etna United Methodist Church will hold a family-friendly Christmas Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

The program will include songs and skits for all ages as well as an appearance by Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served.

The church is located at 6383W-600S, Huntington. For information, call 468-2148.

Gift wrapping


Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophia Adams (right) gets a hand from her dad, Mike Adams, as she wraps a present at the Karing for Kids gift-wrapping session on Friday evening, Dec. 16, at Markle Church of Christ. The church was filled with people from the community wrapping presents for needy families in the area. Gifts were to be delivered to those families today, Sunday, Dec. 18.

Santa visits at Andrews


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ten-month-old Jozie Medina (right) checks out Santa Claus carefully as she sits on his lap while Mrs. Claus (left) looks on at the Andrews Town Hall on Saturday evening, Dec. 10. Children got to talk with Santa and decorate and eat Christmas cookies. The event was sponsored by the Andrews Summer Festival Committee. The youngster is the daughter of Randi Bair, of
Andrews.

I've got this


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Two-year-old Alice Drabenstot (second from left) decorates a Christmas cookie under the watchful eyes of (from left) aunt Laura Dillon and parents Katie and Bart Drabenstot when Santa Claus visited at the Andrews Town Hall on Saturday evening, Dec. 10. Children got to talk with Santa and decorate and eat Christmas cookies. The event was sponsored by the Andrews Summer Festival Committee.

Helping out the Big Guy


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Aiden Quinn (left), 7, and Serayna Whitney (right), 7, help Santa Claus by ringing some Christmas bells during Santa's visit to the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10.

Christmas Bingo


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Noah Greene (left) and Serenity Wheeler look intently at their Christmas Bingo cards as children played Bingo and selected gifts for someone special when they won at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 10. Winners got their gifts wrapped at the library as well.

Announce Christmas at the Forks winners

Nancy Nethercott (middle), along with Ann Ericsson (left) and Dwight Ericsson, admires a Christmas tree decorated by the Master Gardeners of Huntington County during Christmas at the Forks, held at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 3. Several elaborately decorated trees and wreaths were on display at the park and attendees got to vote on their favorites. At the end of the day on Sunday, Dec. 4, one vote was drawn for each entry and the person who cast that vote was awarded the tree or wreath.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The winners of the 2016 Christmas at the Forks have been announced.

The crowd favorite winners of the best-decorated trees and wreaths are:

Business Trees – first place, Tam-A-Sak, won by Andrea Reed; second place, Town & Country Flowers/Gifts (Bailey-Love), won by Brody Newcomb; and third place, Twisted Sizzors, won by Terron Reust.

Christmas at the Forks


Photo by Steve Clark.

Nancy Nethercott (left) and Dwight Ericsson admire the Master Gardeners’ Christmas tree during Christmas at the Forks at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 3. Several elaborately decorated trees and wreaths were on display at the park and attendees got to vote on their favorites. At the end of the day on Sunday, Dec. 4, one vote will be drawn for each entry and the person who cast that vote will be awarded the tree or wreath.

Hearing wishes


Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus listen to the Christmas wishes of Anna Screeton (left) and sister Zoe during Christmas in the Village in the Roanoke Public Library on Friday, Dec. 2.

Santa arrives in Roanoke


Photo by Steve Clark.

A group of children surrounds Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus upon their arrival at the Roanoke Public Library for Christmas in the Village on Friday, Dec. 2. After singing Christmas songs with the children and their families outside the library, the Clauses listened to the children’s Christmas wishes inside for the remainder of the evening.

Getting a gift


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Harley Wolfe (left) receives a gift from Santa Claus during the annual Altrusa Christmas Party for Pathfinder Services clients on Saturday, Dec. 3.

'Christmas on Morse St.'


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Rick (left) and Terri Oatess, of Bluffton, peruse the decor for sale at the New Creations Primitives booth during the "Christmas on Morse St." inside the former Expectations Event Center in downtown Markle at the Markle Christmas in Our Town event on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Hmmm ...


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Cash Lowe, 5, of Marion, thinks hard about what he wants for Christmas while he sits in Santa Claus' lap on Saturday, Dec. 3, during the Markle Christmas in Our Town event.

Santa generosity


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Santa Claus hands out candy canes to brothers (from front) Brant Perl, Blake Perl and Chase Perl during the Christmas in Our Town event on Saturday morning in Markle.

Shakespeare Gardens lit up


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A trio of lighted carolers stand in front of a host of other Christmas displays in Shakespeare Gardens, in Huntington, after the official lighting ceremony Sunday evening, Nov. 27. The lights at Shakespeare Gardens and the adjoining Sunken Gardens, along with a dancing tree at Rotary Centennial Park, will be on every evening through Jan. 3 from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Additional light displays at Rotary Centennial Park and on light poles in downtown Huntington will be turned on for the same hours as soon as some bugs are worked out, city officials say.

Santa Claus to be busy this weekend with stops in Roanoke, Markle and Huntington


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Santa Claus continues to make the rounds of Huntington County this weekend, visiting Roanoke for Christmas in the Village on Friday evening, Dec. 2; making a stop in Markle for Christmas in Our Town on Saturday, Dec. 3; and dropping in at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park during the first day of Christmas at the Forks, set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4.

Talking to the big guy


Photo by Steve Clark.

Elijah Richardson shares what he wants for Christmas with Santa Claus during Winter Warrenland, held in Warren’s Knight Bergman Center on Friday, Nov. 25. Saint Nick made a stop in Warren to light the town’s Christmas tree and hear the holiday wishes of local children.

Winter Warrenland


Photo by Steve Clark.

Leland Heath ponders what he wants for Christmas while sitting atop Santa Claus’ lap during Winter Warrenland, held in Warren’s Knight Bergman Center on Friday, Nov. 25. Saint Nick made a stop in Warren to light the town’s Christmas tree and hear the holiday wishes of local children.

Santa hits Warren


Photo by Steve Clark.

After hopping off a fire truck from the Warren Salamonie Township Fire Department, Santa Claus waves to families who awaited his arrival in downtown Warren for Winter Warrenland festivities on Friday, Nov. 25. Saint Nick lit up the town’s Christmas tree and listened to the holiday wishes of local children at the Knight Bergman Center.

Now let me see ...


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Josey Cirullo (right) , 4, thinks really hard about what she wants for Christmas while Santa Claus listens carefully duringf the Christmas in the City event in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 26. Santa and Mrs. Claus listened to Christmas wishes inside Giggabuggy.

Christmas camel ride


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jenna Wilson (left) and Karma Voght enjoy a camel ride during the Christmas in the City event in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 26. Evan Wall leads the camel around the ring.

Santa Claus set for stops in Warren, Huntington

Santa Claus uses some Christmas magic to oversee the lighting of the Warren town Christmas tree last year during the Winter Warrenland festivities in downtown Warren. He will again help light the tree on Friday, Nov. 25, at 6;15 p.m., and is scheduled to be in both Warren and downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 26.
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Santa Claus will usher in the Christmas season this weekend with stops in both Warren and Huntington.

Winter Warrenland begins Friday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. with Santa’s arrival aboard a fire truck in downtown Warren.

Following a meet-and-greet with the town’s citizens, the jolly old elf will turn his attention to the town Christmas tree located adjacent to the Town Hall at 132 N. Wayne St. He’ll use his magic to light the tree.

Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees


Photo by Steve Clark.

Becky Barlow admires the decorations on the Christmas tree in Harvest Moon Scents & Primitives, displayed as part of the Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees in downtown Warren on Friday, Nov. 18.

Warren festival kicks off holiday season fun

Holiday lights, Christmas trees and seasonal music will set the mood for the Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees in downtown Warren on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More than two dozen decorated trees will be on display at local businesses, with many shops hosting open houses for Christmas.

In addition, the Warren Public Library will hold story times and visitors can make clay ornaments with JH Pottery. TD Wall Trailer Sales will bring a livestock trailer with surprises inside.

Veterans Expo


Photo by Steve Clark.

World War II veteran Guilford Cline (right) and his wife, Judy (middle), receive information from Jeff Kirby, of Humana, during the Veterans Expo held Thursday, Nov. 10, at the LaFontaine Center, in Huntington. Several vendors were on hand at the expo to provide information on services pertinent to veterans.

Singing patriotic songs


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lincoln Elementary School music teacher Marilyn Rumple directs her students in one of several patriotic songs they performed during the school’s Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 11.

Ride for the Fallen


Photo by Steve Clark.

Motorcyclists depart Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, in Huntington, for the Ride for the Fallen on Saturday, Nov. 12. The ride was done in honor of Veterans Day.

Posting the colors


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Members of the VFW Post 2689 color guard post the colors during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 5. The ceremony followed a parade and preceded a free lunch for veterans at American Legion Post 7.

Company Singers kick things off


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

The Company Singers, a local group of Civil War-era re-enactors, sing prior to the start of the Veterans Day ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park in Huntington.

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