Special Events & Festivals

2018 Heritage Days Festival Schedule of Events


5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
POOR JACK AMUSEMENTS - Cherry Street and city parking lot. Amusement rides and games for the entire family. Height restrictions on some rides.

7:00 p.m.
LITTLE MISS/JUNIOR MISS HERITAGE DAYS PAGEANT - Crestview Middle School. Girls ages 5 to 12 are judged on poise, modeling and personality.


Calendar flipping back to ‘50s at 55th annual Heritage Days

Brayden Starkey (left) gives a bowling ball a big roll as his father, Tom, looks on in the Kids Fun Zone at Huntington Heritage Days last year. The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce again sponsors the zone, to be held Saturday, June 23, from noon to 3 p.m.
TAB file photo.

The calendar will be flipped back to the 1950s at the 55th annual Huntington Heritage Days festival, starting Wednesday, June 20, and running through Sunday, June 24.

The festival, which is being sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 this year, is themed “The ‘50s: Community Strong.”

Eric Clancy Jazz to again provide JeFFFest music

Edward Jones financial advisors are the sponsors of Eric Clancy Jazz, the musical entertainment at JeFFFest, set for June 24 in downtown Huntington from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pictured are (from left) Scott Atkinson, Trent McBride, Nicole Johnson, Jim Ditzler and Jim Scheiber. Advisors not pictured are Chuck Harris, Adam Harris, John Nelson and Jim Warner.
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Eric Clancy Jazz will provide the music for this year’s JeFFFest, set for June 24 in downtown Huntington from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The jazz group has performed at JeFFFest every year since 2009. Vocalist Shannon Persinger will join the ensemble.

Edward Jones financial advisors are sponsoring the music.

Tables and chairs will be set up on Jefferson Street to help accommodate the crowd, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating to be assured of having a place to sit.

Heritage Days steering committee and festival sponsor

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Members of the Heritage Days steering committee met recently with several members of the organization sponsoring this year’s festival, VFW Post 2689, of Huntington.

JeFFFest sponsors in place for ‘fun, food, fabulous ...’ on June 24

Paula Bittner, owner of Four Corners Custom Framing, has made more than 100 frames and has begun selling canvases for this year’s JeFFFest. Artists are invited to “fill the frames” with an original artwork and submit the work for the JeFFFest silent art auction. JeFFFest is sponsored by the frame shop and the LaFontaine Arts Council. The event will be held in downtown Huntington on June 24,from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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The LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing will once again sponsor JeFFFest.

The family-friendly event will take place on June 24 in downtown Huntington from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature the three F’s of “fun food, fabulous music and fine art.”

Announce HD Parade winners

The 2017 Huntington Heritage Days Parade winners have been announced.

The winners and award sponsors are:

• Best Theme Float – First Federal Savings Bank, sponsored by Capozza Appraisals.

• Best Religious Unit – Huntington Catholic School, sponsored by Edward Jones financial advisor Chuck Harris.

• Best Classic Vehicle – Mizpah Vettes, sponsored by Moose Lodge 837.

• Best Youth Group – Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, sponsored by The Huntington County TAB.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Kathryn Pearson (right) serves up a couple of crab cakes to Jackie Lindsey, of Huntington at the Brick House Grill booth during JeFFFest held Sunday evening, June 18, on Jefferson Street downtown. Hundreds of people sampled food from numerous vendors, listened to jazz from the Eric Clancy group and bid on artworks on the final night of the Heritage Days festival.

HD horse show

Photo by Steve Clark.

Judge Mike Carlson (left) evaluates Delaney Wall’s pony during the 4-H Pony Halter class at the Open Pleasure Show, held at Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club on Sunday, June 18, as part of Heritage Days. Photo by Steve Clark.

Family competition

Photo by Steve Clark.

Levi (left) and Colton Young (right), along with their father, Tim, toss ping pong balls while competing in a Poor Jack Amusements game at Huntington Heritage Days on Saturday, June 17.

Vaudeville at the Forks

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Ruth Reed (center) leads a group of "ballerinas" in a performance at Vaudeveille at the Forks, a fund-raiser for the Forks of the Wabash, put on during Heritage Days on Saturday, June 17.

Fun Zone

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dev Dailey (left) rides a pony with some assistance from his father, Brady Dailey (middle), and handler Rose Wall in the Hoosier Camel Encounter ring at the Kids Fun Zone area of Huntington Heritage Days on Saturday, June 17.

Grinding it out

Photo by Steve Clark.

Joe Crafton (foreground) competes in the deadlift portion of the Heritage Days Strength Challenge, with Joe Schultz (background) observing, on Saturday, June 17, in the parking lot of the former Huntington County Courthouse Annex Building.

Strength of more than one kind

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dana Shealey competes in the deadlift portion of the Heritage Days Strength Challenge on Saturday, June 17, in the parking lot of the former Huntington County Courthouse Annex Building.

Photo redux

Photo by Steve Clark.

During the Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 17, Wess (left) and Peggy Bard recreate the kiss shared by a U.S. Navy sailor and nurse from the famed “V-J Day in Times Square” photograph taken in 1945 in New York City’s Times Square. The theme for Heritage Days was "The '40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity."

Best theme float

Photo by Steve Clark.

Satin Lemon strikes a pose as Rosie the Riveter aboard the First Federal Savings Bank float in the Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 17. The float was honored with the best theme float accolade.