Special Events & Festivals

Heritage Days Pageant hopefuls

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Contestants in the Little Miss Heritage Days/Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant gathered for an orientation session Saturday, April 29, at Lincoln Elementary School.

Buttons and parade entry available for this summer’s Heritage Days

The 2017 Heritage Days button is now available at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.
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Organizers of the 2017 Huntington Heritage Days festival are lining up participants for the June 17 parade and offering the official button for the festival, which runs from June 14 through June 18.

The button features this year’s festival theme, “The ’40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity,” and the name of the festival sponsor, Gerdau Huntington Facility. It also depicts the Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, a jet trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force during the 1940s. One of the planes is on display in the veterans’ memorial at Memorial Park.

Announce winners of HD Kids Pulling for Riley tractor pull

The official results of the Kids Pulling for Riley kiddie tractor pull that took place Saturday, June 18, during Heritage Days has been announced.

The winners are:

Featherweight division
First place – Karstynn Updike.
Second place – Macie Maher.
Third place – Kaden Kuehnert.

Lightweight division
First place – Ethan Johnson.
Second Place – Caiden Pohler.
Third place – Dawson Husband.

Getting first pick

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kim Nelson (left) of Kim’s Katered Affair picks out cupcakes ordered by Cindy Bellamy, of Huntington, at the beginning of JeFFFest, Sunday, June 19, in downtown Huntington.

Swingin' sound

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Saxophonist Dave Streeter of the Eric Clancy jazz band plays a sultry solo on the open-air stage in downtown Huntington during JeFFFest on Sunday, June 19. Despite the hot, sticky weather, hundreds crowded Jefferson Street for the event, the final highlight of the Heritage Days Festival.

Big entrance

Photo by Steve Clark.

Smiley the Scarecrow, a 12-story hot air balloon, dwarfs a conventional hot air balloon during the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday night, June 18, at Huntington North High School.


Judging the vehicles

Photo by Steve Clark.

Judges Mitch Mounsey (left) and Troy Weinley take stock of a car during the Huntington County Disaster Team Car & Truck Show on Saturday, June 18, at Huntington North High School.


Bed racers -- not quite

Photo by Steve Clark.

Joy Pleasers Clowns work the crowd by getting on a racing bed before the Heritage Days Bed Race on Saturday, June 18, at Huntington North High School.

Taking a peek

Photo by Steve Clark.

LeAnn (left) and Steve Buzzard peek in the window of a vehicle at the Heritage Days Car, Truck & Bike Show on Friday, June 17, in downtown Huntington.

Working the grills

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dave Hacker (left) and Scot Beaver, in a haze of smoke, work the grills at the ABWA Brat Tent on Friday, June 17, during Heritage Days.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tamara Green (right), of Fort Wayne, grimaces as she deadlifts during the Heritage Days Strength Challenge in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 18. Watching the lift is Christine Bangma.

Pedal power

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Emmery Maher (left), 3, of Huntington, gets encouragement from Dawn Aschleman of Beacon Credit Union during the Heritage Days Kids Pulling for Riley event on Saturday, June 18, in the Kids Fun Zone.

Drumming up an audience

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Wicked Witch of the West in "Oz," one of the many acts in the Vaudeville at the Forks variety show on Saturday afternoon, takes a moment to drum up an audience going down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 18, on West Park Drive.

Fuzzy passenger

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A member of the Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club says hello to the Heritage Days Parade crowd with help from a stuffed bear on Saturday morning, June 18.

Rumbling down the route

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Freedom Riders make a loud statement as they rumble down the Heritage Days Parade route on North Jefferson Street in Huntington just ahead of the parade on Saturday morning, June 18.

Runners precede the parade

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Competitors in the Heritage Days 5K precede the Heritage Days Parade on Saturday morning, June 18, on North Jefferson Street in Huntington.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Riders enjoy their time Friday afternoon, June 17, on the "Vertigo," one of the many rides from Poor Jack Amusements over the Heritage Days festival the past several days.

Kindler, Cooper are tops at Heritage Days pageant

Little Miss Heritage Days contestant Kaylee Dennis (right) answers a question posed by Janelle Buzzard (left) during the interview portion of the annual pageant held Wednesday, June 15, at Crestview Middle School. Seated between them is contestant Zoe Curry. Kaylee is the daughter of Nick and Ashley Dennis, and Zoe is the daughter of Jaron and Megan Curry.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Out of 32 young ladies vying for two crowns Wednesday night, June 15, two — Kirsyn Kindler and Madeline Cooper — emerged to represent Huntington during the city’s 2016 Heritage Days Festival.

Kindler was chosen as the newest Little Miss Heritage Days, while Cooper was crowned Junior Miss Heritage Days in the pageant, held before a standing-room-only crowd in the Crestview Middle School auditeria.

Perkins is Huntington's newest chief

Mike Perkins, director of the Parkview Huntington Foundation and former editor of The Herald-Press, reflects on the Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe honor he received on Thursday, June 16.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Mike Perkins has a special tie to the plaque presented each year to the newest Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.

“Years ago, my dad was asked to come up with an idea and a friend of his, an artist friend of his in Indianapolis named Bill Steinberg, developed this, this chiefs’ face,” Perkins said, moved to tears momentarily as he held the plaque that had just been presented to him.

2016 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.


Several new surprises await at Heritage Days

Smiley the Scarecrow makes his first appearance at the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Huntington North High School. The 160,000-cubic-foot giant dirigible stands 120 feet tall, or about 12 stories.
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Those planning to go to the 2016 Huntington Heritage Days, between June 15 and 19, will likely find some new surprises awaiting them, most notably the 53rd annual Heritage Days parade and the location of other downtown events.

Steve Kimmel, the executive director of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, says the parade will be re-routed this year to help facilitate traffic through downtown.

Registering now for Heritage Days Cycling Festival

Registrations are currently being accepted for the Heritage Days Cycling Festival, set for June 18 in Huntington.

The festival’s course is a flat, .65-mile loop with four corners around Huntington’s Northwest Business Park.

‘Chief’ breakfast, parade dates set

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting reservations for the 48th annual Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Breakfast, as well as entries for the Heritage Days parade.

The breakfast will be held on June 16 at 8 a.m. at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, 3010 W. Park Drive, Huntington. The reservation deadline is June 9.

The Heritage Days parade will be held on June 18. The theme is “Indiana Celebrating 200 Years” and the official colors are dark blue and gold. The entry deadline is June 3, and only 140 entries will be accepted.

Artists can start creating for this summer’s JeFFFest

The LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing will once again sponsor JeFFFest. 

The event will take place June 19 in downtown Huntington from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature “fun food, fabulous music and fine art.”

The art portion of JeFFFest offers artists of all ages the opportunity to create a work on a five-inch by seven-inch canvas. The official JeFFFest canvases can be purchased only at the frame shop, 419 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, during regular business hours from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Balloon festival

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

While the weekend weather played havoc with most of the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, several of the balloons fill up with hot air for display and photos while the crowd looks on Saturday evening, June 20, at Huntington North High School.

Bed racing

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The bed race teams of Bippus State Bank (left) and Bailey-Love Mortuary compete in a heat during the Heritage Days Bed Races on Saturday, June 20, at Huntington North High School.

Vaudeville at the Forks

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Emily Albertson (right) sings while Allie Everts performs ballet during the Vaudeville at the Forks on Saturday, June 20, as part of the Huntington Heritage Days celebration.

Painted boy

Photo by Steve Clark.

Logan Hale (left) has his face decorated by Dana Spahr during Giggabuggy Face Painting in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 20, at the Huntington Heritage Days.

HD Cornhole Challenge

Photo by Steve Clark.

Nick Carl (right) tosses a bean bag while Rick Maggart looks on during the Heritage Days cornhole Challenge in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 20.


Photo by Steve Clark.

Braxton Wakefield (middle) gets some help from his mother, Brittany Walkefield (right), dujring a ring toss game Saturday, June 20, at the Poor Jack Amusements area on Warren Street in downtown Huntington during Huntington Heritage Days. Game attendant Peggie Hill looks on.