Special Events & Festivals

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.'


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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 ...


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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


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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.

Waving the flag


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

This vehicle driven by Sam Crago, of Huntington, has the flag proudly displayed out front during the Veteans Day Parade in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Taking the float


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Several veterans ride on the American Legion Post 7 float during the Veterans Day Parade in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Veterans parade


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VFW Post 2689 veterans wave, salaute and throw candy to the crowd during the second annual Veterans Day Parade in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 5. The vent culminated with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial.

Huntington University Foundation to honor veterans on Nov. 9

Col. Patrick R. Renwick, comander of the 122nd fighter Wing, will speak during the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Nov. 9.
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Area veterans and those currently serving in the military will be honored during the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

All service men and women will be recognized and provided with a free breakfast. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling Barb Baker at 359-4069 or emailing her at bbaker@huntington.edu.

The theme for the breakfast is “Service to God and Country.”

Admiring the handiwork


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Cherie Shambaugh (left), and Linda Prus, both of Fort Wayne, stop to look at the ceramics for sale, created by Joseph Pelka and displayed in his booth at the Renaissance in Roanoke art fair held Saturday, Oct. 8, on Main Street in Roanoke. A plethora of art, from fine oil paintings to leather, ceramic, wood and fabric goods as well as farmers market fare was offered for sale on several downtown streets.

Fall decorations


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Tammy Dawson, of Fort Wayne, sorts through a pile of gourds at a booth during the Renaissance in Roanoke festival held Saturday, Oct. 8, in downtown Roanoke.

Marketplace of art set for Roanoke this Saturday

Guitarist Joe Justice, seen performing last fall at A Renaissance in Roanoke, returns to this year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 8. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.
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A marketplace of art will line Roanoke’s Main Street for A Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The art-themed festival will also feature an exhibit of art created by local students, adult artists creating art on the street and food, music and a farmers’ market.

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