Special Events & Festivals

  

Kiddie pull correction


Libby Couch (center) works the pedals while Sue Rumple (left) and Rhonda Landrum provide encouragement during the Heritage Days Kiddie Tractor Pull in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 22. The event was sponsored by Beacon Credit Union. The TAB incorrectly identified the girl in its June 27 edition. We apologize for the error and any inconveniences it may have caused.

 

A twinkle and wave


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

The Hot Air Balloon Fest wraps up with its traditional balloon glow, held at Huntington North High School on Saturday evening, June 22. Ten balloons were on hand to fire up for a twinkle and wave before closing the event.

 

Flightless balloon serves different purpose


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

A "dead" hot air balloon was open to attendees of the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Fest on Saturday evening, June 22. Here, a line of observers waits to enter and walk through the balloon that was kept inflated by a high-powered fan.

 

Art for sale


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Huston Smith (left) and his wife Ann Smith look over artistic items available for silent auction during JeFFFest in downtown Huntington on Sunday evening, June 23. The event finished Huntington's Heritage Days with the silent auction, art, food and live jazz music.

 

Racing to the finish line


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

The Miller's Merry Manor team races to the finish line during the Heritage Days Bed Races held at Huntington North High School on Saturday, June 22. Contestants completed three "Chinese Fire Drills" and swapped pajamas before completing the race.

 

Not built for speed


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Members of the Bailey Love Mortuary team make their way around the bend during the Heritage Days Bed Race on Saturday, June 22. The races, a reinstated Heritage Days tradition, were held at Huntington North High School.

 

Buzzard, Molitor walk off with 2013 crowns at Little Miss/Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

The 2012 Little Miss Heritage Days, Audrie Bowman, and Junior Miss Heritage Days, Chloe Clark, passed on their crowns Wednesday night, June 19, during the Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant.

The pageant was held at the Merillat Centre for the Arts in the Zurcher Auditorium.

The Little Miss contest was open to girls ages 5 to 8 and the Junior Miss Heritage Days was open to girls ages 9 to 12.

Each category was awarded five runners-up placings and the new queens for 2013.

 

Lilttle Miss Heritaqge Days Court


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

The 2013 Little Miss Heritage Days court was announced during the Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant on Wednesday, June 19. The winners are (from left), fourth runner-up Madalynn Wellman; second runner-up Corinne Martz; 2013 Little Miss Heritage Days Brookelynn Buzzard; first runner-up Macey D. Long; third runner-up Maddie Cooper; and fifth runner-up Elise Felver.

 

Christian Life Tabernacle wins best theme float at Heritage Days Parade


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Christian Life Tabernacle was awarded best theme float at the Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 22.

Judges decided Christian Life's float best depicted the theme of "Steamin' into Huntington" and awarded it the plaque sponsored by Matthew F. Capozza.

West Park Skate Center was named best youth group, with the award sponsored by The Huntington County TAB.

The Huntington County Council on Aging 40th anniversary was voted best adult group, with the award sponsored by Bowers Jewelers.

 

Fire department open house


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Dawson Ward, 7, of Zanesville, gets a chance to get behind the wheel of a fire engine during the Huntington Fire Department's open house at its Etna Avenue fire station.

 

Challenge!


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kevin Chappel strains to lift a weight over his head during the Heritage Days Strength Challenge sponsored by the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Saturday, June 22, in downtown Huntington.

 

Dancing in downtown


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a square dancing demonstration in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 22, as part of the Heritage Days activities.

 

Flag ceremony


Eagles Post 823 sponsored a flag ceremony at the flagpole at the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, June 22, during Heritage Days.

 

Working hard


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ethan Johnson (right) gets encouragement from Sue Rumple during the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Saturday, June 22, in downtown Huntington. The event was sponsored by Beacon Credit Union.

 

Horse play


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Avis Metzger (left) enjoys a ride on a horse under the supervision of Jurgin Cripe of Animal Grams at the Fun Zone for kids in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 22.

 

Marching Vikes at Heritage Days Parade


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes play their way down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 22.

 

Look at that


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Phil Hibbert (left) points out an entry in the Heritage Days Parade to his grandson, Cole Arnold, on Saturday morning, June 22.

 

Ageless Iron rolling down Heritage Days Parade route


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Nolan Hibbert, a member of the Agless Iron of Roanoke antique tractor contingent, makes his way down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 22. Ageless Iron won best antique vehicle in the parade.

 

Runners on the go


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The annual Heritage Days 5K Run preceded the main part of the Heritage Days Parade as competitors make their way down North Jefferson Street on Saturday morning, June 22.

 

Cycling contingent


Photo by Scott Trauner.

A new addition to the Heritage Days Parade lineup this year was a contingent of bicyclists under the banner of Spokesmen Cycling leading off the parade down North Jefferson St. this year on Saturday morning, June 22.

 

Face art


Photo by Steve Clark.

Aubrey Wiegmann (left) has her face painted by Jennifer Iatarola at The Marketplce Down By the Courthouse on Friday, June 21, in downtown Huntington as part of the Heritage Days activities.

 

Admiring glances


Photo by Steve Clark.

Roger Raver (left) and Sheri Raver admire the interior of a vehicle at the Heritage Days Car & Truck Show & Cruise-In on Friday, June 21, in downtown Huntington.

 

Getting a close look


Photo by Steve Clark.

Pat McMillan (left) moves under the hood to get a better look at a car engine while his wife Jenny watches from a bit further back at the Heritage Days Car & Truck Show & Cruise-In on Friday, June 21, in downtown Huntington.

 

Antique tractor show


Photo by Steve Clark.

Dave Reust backs his 1931 John Deere tractor into a spot at the Heritage Days Antique Tractor and Engine Show on Friday, June 21, in downtown Huntington.

 

Serving the people


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall (left) serves food to Joe Hyrkas during lunchtime on Friday, June 21, at the ABWA Brat Tent.

 

Topping it off


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Desiree Rains (left) looks on as Stacey Bischoff gets ready to drizzle caramel over her bowl of ice cream on Wednesday, June 19, at the Heritage Days Ice Cream Social. The Indiana Dream Center sponsored this year's social, which was held in Heritage Hall, at Hier's Park.

 

Enjoying the moment


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Darlene Stanley, president of Johnson Junction (right), accepts a pat on the back from master of ceremonies Mike Perkins while holding her granddaughter, Lia, moments after being named 2013 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe on Thursday morning, June 20, at the 45th Chief's Breakfast, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

 

Junior Miss Heritage Days


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Junior Miss Heritage Days Emily Molitor is all smiles after her crowning victory during the 2013 Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days competition on Wednesday night, June 19. Molitor was one of 60 young girls with their eyes on a crown during the 2013 competition.

 

Little Miss Heritage Days


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Brookelynn Buzzard makes her way to the top of the stage and her trophy during Wednesday night's Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Day's competition. The 2013 competition was held in Zurcher Auditorium, in the Merillat Centre, at Huntington University.

 

Party Shop wins window honors


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Party Shop, in downtown Huntington, has earned first place in the retail division of the 12th annual Heritage Days Window Display Contest.

The Party Shop window, designed by employee Abby Hoffman, reflects this year's Heritage Days theme, "Steamin' into Huntington."

The window features a hand-painted engine pul-ling box car crates that are filled with products brought into Huntington and used by The Party Shop for its drinks and confections.

 

Hiners, ABWA brat tent keep rolling on at Heritage Days


TAB file photo.

"I have probably cooked over 50,000 brats in my lifetime," says Marj Hiner.

Not for herself - she's accomplished that feat by working at the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Brat Tent since its inception during the 1984 Heritage Days festival.

Hiner, who was the chairman of the Heritage Days steering committee that year, says the idea came from a desire to do something new.

 

HD bus tour to explore east side

Guests on the Huntington County Historical Museum's Heritage Days bus tour will explore the east side of Huntington.

That area is bounded by State Street on the south, Broadway on the east, Bus.-24 on the north and the Erie Railroad bed on the west.

Tour guides will discuss the many industries, theater, schools and Lake Clare stone quarry that have been located in that area of the city.

 

Huntington ready for 50th anniversary Heritage Days to steam into city


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

"There's literally a ton of activities," says Joe Burgess.

Burgess should know.
He's chairman of the Heritage Days steering committee, which opens Wednesday, June 19, in Huntington.

The festival continues through June 23.

"The big thing this year is it's our 50th anniversary of the Heritage Days parade. So, we are excited about that," says Burgess.

"It is a tribute to the whole community."

Burgess has been busy planning this year's events since October 2012.

 

Announce Heritage Days downtown street closings

Several streets in the downtown Huntington area will be closed beginning Monday, June 17, to allow Heritage Days events to take place. Various closings will continue through Sunday, June 23.

Throughout that time, a temporary three-way stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Market and Byron streets.

Here's a day-by-day rundown of the street closings:

Monday, June 17
All closings on this day begin at 3 p.m.

Warren Street is closed from Court Street to West Park Drive.

 

JeFFFest food vendors will serve everything from shrimp to turtles


Photos provided.

Ten area food vendors will serve samples of their specialties during this year's JeFFFest celebration on Sunday, June 23.

Diners will be able to purchase food tickets at two intersections - Jefferson and Washington streets, and Jefferson and Market streets - and exchange the tickets for food and drinks. Tables and chairs will be available, although guests are encouraged to bring their own seating.

Participating food vendors, and their menus for the evening, are:

 

2013 Heritage Days Festival Schedule


Graphic provided.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

BUTTERFLY WORKSHOPS - Victory Noll Center, 1900 W. Park Dr. Learn about Monarch butterflies and how to raise and release them. No charge to participants. Sponsored by Huntington County Purdue Extension Educator.
5:00-10:00 p.m.
POOR JACK AMUSEMENTS - Amusement rides and games for the entire family. Height restrictions on some rides. Pre-sale tickets available at the Chamber office. Sponsored by Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.
6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

Lady Vikes sponsoring HD hoop tournament in downtown Huntington

The Huntington North High School Lady Viking basketball program will be sponsoring the inaugural Downtown Heritage Days 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, June 22.

To be played on the streets of downtown Huntington, the tourney will feature competition for both female and male divisions in five age groups, including elementary, middle school, high school, open and 35 and over levels.

 

Heritage Days, YMCA to co-host sand volleyball tourney on June 22

Huntington Heritage Days and Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will host a co-ed adult sand volleyball tournament on Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m.

The tournament will be held at the YMCA's sand volleyball venue.

Prizes will be awarded for the top two places in each division. Food and drink will be provided.

All matches are self-referred, in co-ed adult quads (four on four, ages 14 and up).

There is a fee per person to play.

The format is as follows:

 

Artists can start creative process for JeFFFest


Photo provided.

Area artists of all ages are invited to begin preparing their works of art for this summer's JeFFFest.

JeFFFest, a celebration of food, music and art, will be held on June 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Huntington.

The art pieces must be created on a 5-inch by 7-inch canvas purchased at Four Corners Custom Framing, 419 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The canvases will be available beginning May 14. Artists may purchase more than one canvas, and any media can be used on the canvas.

 

Junior Miss Heritage Days contestants


Photo by André B. Laird.

The 2013 Junior Miss Heritage Days will be crowned on June 19, at 7 p.m., at Huntington University's Merillat Centre for the Arts.

 

Little Miss Heritage Days hopefuls


Photo by André B. Laird.

Contestants vying for the Little Miss Heritage Days crown this year are (front row, from left) Elise Felver, Hannah Augsperger, Corinne Martz, Brookelynn Buzzard, Maggie Easterling, Brooke Hamming, Chloe Quilien, Zoe Moore, Adalyn Cutting and Makyla Myers; (second row, from left) Alexia Ramirez, Britain Helvie, Kylee Burnau, Aili Moon, Brooklynn Vogleman, Bailey Baumgardner, Ariell Wright, Bella Jones, Lilly Easterling and Azure Roy and (back row, from left) Alexia Blackstone, Aaliyah Quilien, Isabelle Harlan, Abbiegale Scheer, Zoey Stanley, Grace LaMar, Jordan Kerkhoff, Madalynn Wellman