Special Events & Festivals

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.

Amusing


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.

Strenth Challenge


Photo by Steve Clark.

Jason Schwartz competes in a portion of the Heritage Days Strength Challenge V on Saturday, June 20, in downtown Huntington.

Playing the ponies


Photo by Steve Clark.

Lasette Futrell (middle) rides a pony in downtown Huntington as part of the Kids Fun Zone during the Huntington Heritage Days on Saturday, June 20.

'Broadcasting the 1930s'


Photo by Steve Clark.

Tom Mills, in period clothing, works the microphone on the First Federal Savings Bank float during the Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 20. The parade theme was "Broadcasting the 1930s."

Doing the parade route in style


Photo by Steve Clark.

Gabriella Betterly (center) and Arianna Betterly (right), the 2015 Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days, respectively, wave to the crowd as they are driven down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route by Ed Smith in his antique Ford.

Sweet ride


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington Fire Department's largest truck, the Tower 4, heads down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday, June 20.

Hulk rider


Photo by Steve Clark.

A motorcyclist dressed as the Hulk sits atop his Hulk-themed bike during the motorcycle potion of the Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 20.

Car show downtown


Photo by Steve Clark.

Joe Carroll (left) and his wife, Elaine, look under the hood of a car during the Huntington Heritage Days Car, Truck and Bike Show on Friday evening, June 19, in downtown Huntington.

Serving up lunch


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

ABWA member Marj Hiner (right) serves up some lunch for (from left) Levi Richardson and Steven Wiedenhoeft, both of Huntington, at the ABWA Brat Tent on Friday afternoon, June 19.

Parkview Huntington Hospital wins best theme float at Heritage Days Parade

With Mike Perkins doing the broadcasting 1930's style, the Parkview Huntington Hospital float heads down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 20. The float was judged best theme float, with the theme being "Broadcasting the 1930s."
Photo by Steve Clark.

Parkview Huntington Hospital won best theme float on Saturday, June 20, at the 52nd annual Heritage Days Parade.

Parkview's honor from the judges came for its effort using the theme "Broadcasting the 1930s."

Best theme float award was sponsored by Capozza Appraisals.

Eight other awards were also handed out after the parade, which had 107 entries.

Great weather for ducks


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Despite a steady rain, Brody Evans, 16 months, of St. Paris, OH, plays in the duck pond on the midway of the Poor Jack Amusements carnival on Wednesday, June 17 for the first day of Huntington’s Heritage Days festival. Brody is the son of Amanda Evans.

Marsh takes place as chief of the Flint Springs Tribe

Marj Hiner (left) 1989 chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, and the newest chief, Ruth Marsh, share a laugh after the annual Chief's Breakfast on Thursday, June 18, at the LaFontaine Golf Course.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ruth Marsh has taken her place as chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.

“You’re going to be surprised, but I’m speechless,” a tearful Marsh told the crowd assembled at LaFontaine Golf Course on Thursday, June 18.

The chiefs’ breakfast serves as the traditional kickoff to Huntington’s Heritage Days celebration, and Marsh managed to stop the tears long enough to perform her one and only responsibility as the 2015 chief — declaring the festival officially open.

Junior Miss Heritage Days court


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Arianna Betterly (fourth from left) won the Junior Miss Heritage Days title during the pageant held Wednesday, June 17, at the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the Huntington University campus. The court includes (from left) Madeline Cooper, fifth runner-up; Sophie Riggers, fourth runner-up; Audrey Gradeless, third runner-up; Betterly; Mandi Lippe, second runner-up; and Lauryne Elizabeth Pearson, first runner-up.

Little Miss Heritage Days court


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Gabriella Betterly, fourth from left, won the Little Miss Heritage Days title during the pageant held Wednesday, June 17, at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts. The court includes (from left) Zitlalic Valdez, fifth runner-up; Madalynn Wellman, fourth runner-up; Kennedy Baker, third runner-up; Betterly; Elise Felver, second runner-up; and Kirsyn Kindler, first runner-up.

Emotional chief


Photo by Scott Trauner.

An emotional Ruth Marsh says a few words of thanks after being named the 2015 Chief of the Flrint Springs Tribe on Thursday morning, June 18, at LaFontaine Golf Club at the annual chief's breakfast. The chief's breakfast is the traditonal kick-off to Heritage Days.

HD Tour highlights ‘high tech’ canal transportation

Dwight Ericsson will lead bus tours featuring the historic Wabash & Erie Canal on Saturday, June 20, as part of the Heritage Days festivities. He is pictured inside the Huntington County Historical Museum with a model of a canal boat as it looked during the first part of the 19th century. Tours will begin at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., leaving from the museum. Tickets are available for purchase at the museum.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A chance to imagine life on a canal boat back in the first part of the 19th century awaits those who embark on a tour of the Huntington Wabash & Erie Canal on Saturday, June 20 during the Heritage Days Festival.

The bus tour will leave from the Huntington County Historical Museum parking lot on two excursions, the first at 1 p.m. and the second one at 2:30 p.m. The guide on both tours will be Dwight Ericsson, who has given lectures about the history of Wabash & Erie Canal, along with some interesting trivia:

Lees return again to co-chairmen role for upcoming Heritage Days

Judy (left) and Craig Lee take a break outside in front of the KFC Restaurant they own in Huntington. The couple is serving as the co-chairs of the Heritage Days festival steering committee. This is the second year they have headed up the five-day event.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Craig and Judy Lee return this year as the co-chairs of the Heritage Days Festival Steering Committee.

It will be the couple’s 16th year of being involved in the festival, and the second as its chairmen. They have headed up committees in the past, including the parade, food vendors and the downtown Marketplace.

On Saturday, June 20 they will be in charge of the Kids Fun Zone from noon to 4 p.m. They say their favorite part of the job is providing fun for a lot of people who come to the festival, especially the youngsters.

JeFFFest vendors list foods for event on last day of Heritage Days

The LaFontaine Arts Council JeFFFest food vendors have decided which items they will offer for the family-friendly community event that takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the last day of Heritage Days, Sunday, June 21, in downtown Huntington.

The list of local food vendors and their offerings is as follows:

• JD’s – homemade ham salad on a croissant or homemade chicken salad on a croissant, each one served with either potato salad or macaroni salad.

• The Rusty Dog Irish Pub – shrimp pasta salad, bangers and mash, bacon cole slaw.

2015 Heritage Days Festival Schedule of Events

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
POOR JACK AMUSEMENTS – Warren Street, Downtown. Amusement rides and games for the entire family. Height restrictions on some rides. Sponsored by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.
7:00 p.m.
LITTLE MISS HERITAGE DAYS and JUNIOR MISS HERITAGE DAYS PAGEANT – Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University.
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
8:00 a.m.

Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days contestants


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The Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the Huntington University campus.

New venue and two new bands on tap for ABWA Brat Tent

Actual Size, a rock band from Fort Wayne, will play in the Show Arena of the Huntington County Fairgrounds as part of the ABWA Brat Tent entertainment on Friday, June 19.
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A new venue and a couple of popular bands — not to mention brats and beer — are on tap at the American Business Women’s Association Brat Tent during this year’s Heritage Days festival.

The premier fund-raiser for the Forks of the Wabash Chapter of ABWA will be held in the show arena of the Huntington County Fairgrounds, Brat Tent Chair Teresa Ray says.

Times for the Brat Tent are Friday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and on Saturday, June 20, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Rays say a cover charge will be taken for ages 10 and older after 7 p.m. on both days.

New band on tap for ABWA Brat Tent


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The ’80s rock cover band Plan B will perform on stage at the ABWA Brat Tent in the Show Arena at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 20.

LaFontaine Arts Council sets JeFFFest acts

Edward Jones financial advisors are underwriting Eric Clancy’s appearance at the JeFFFest event on June 21 during Heritage Days. Pictured are (front row from left) Trent McBride, Nicole Johnson and Jim Ditzler; and (back row from left) Chuck Harris, Jim Scheiber, Scott Atkinson and Jim Warner.
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The LaFontaine Arts Council’s summer event JeFFFest will once again feature Eric Clancy Jazz with soloist Shannon Persinger.

JeFFFest will be held on June 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Huntington.

The event, co-sponsored by the LAC and Four Corners Custom Framing, is a family-friendly festival featuring “fine art, fun food and fab music.” Edward Jones financial advisors Scott Atkinson, Jim Ditzler, Chuck Harris, Nicole Johnson, Trent McBride, Jim Scheiber and Jim Warner are underwriting Clancy’s appearance.

Heritage Days buttons offer discounts at businesses

Heritage Days buttons are now available for the 2015 festival, the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce has announced.

Those purchasing the buttons will receive discounts at various local businesses.

The buttons depict the theme for the 2015 Heritage Days celebration, “Broadcasting the 1930s,” part of the ongoing Heritage Days theme, “Exploring Our Heritage.”

Buttons can be purchased at the chamber office, 305 Warren St., or the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau, 407 N. Jefferson St., both in Huntington.

Registration open for this summer’s Little, Miss Heritage Days Pageant

Contestants are needed for the Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant to be held Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts. The pageant is open to girls in Huntington County, age 5 to 12, and is part of Huntington’s Heritage Days celebration.

Two divisions will be judged including Little Miss Heritage Days for girls, age 5 to 8, and Junior Miss Heritage Days, age 9 to 12. Contestants will be judged on Interview, Modeling and Photogenic qualities. All contestants will receive a participation trophy and T-shirt.

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