Special Events & Festivals

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.

Best youth group float

Photo by Steve Clark.

Youths in character as G.I. Joe and Captain America each strike a pose aboard the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County float in the Huntington Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 17. The float was voted best youth group float.

Heritage Days Parade grand marshal

Photo by Steve Clark.

Grand Marshal Leo Scheer (foreground) waves to attendees of the Huntington Heritage Days Parade as the parade route turns onto Park Drive on Saturday, June 17.

Turning the corner

Photo by Steve Clark.

A group of runners race down Park Drive during the Huntington Heritage Days 5K Run on Saturday, June 17.

Checking out the cars

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ronda (left) and Dale Hawkins take stock of an entry in the Heritage Days Car, Truck and Bike Show on Friday, June 16, in downtown Huntington.

Whipped cream to top it off

Photo by Steve Clark.

Marda Hoffman (left) smiles as Steve Pfister tops off her strawberry shortcake with whipped cream at the Huntington Rotary Club’s Strawberry Feed in iAB Financial Bank Heritage Hall on Thursday, June 15.

Heritage Days amusement

Photo by Steve Clark.

Marcy Strange (left) enjoys a Poor Jack Amusements ride with her grandson, Hayze Morris, at Huntington Heritage Days on Thursday, June 15.

Newly-crowned royalty

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Nora McDaniel (left), 8, of Warren, and Brookelynn Buzzard, 10, of Huntington are the 2017 Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days, respectively. They were crowned from a field of 48 contestants Wednesday, June 15, at Crestview Middle School during the Heritage Days Festival’s annual pageant.

Homer Hiner quietly becomes newest Chief of Flint Springs Tribe

Mike Perkins (left), the 2016 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, poses with 2017 Chief Homer Hiner after presenting the award to Hiner during the Heritage Days kick-off breakfast Thursday, June 15, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Homer Hiner walked to the podium, offered a five-word thank you, and walked back to his seat.

That’s about what you’d expect from Huntington’s newest Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.

Hiner has always been a behind-the-scenes guy, 2016 Chief Mike Perkins said as he announced the tribe’s 49th chief during the Heritage Days kick-off breakfast on Thursday, June 15.

But, Perkins added, “You get things done.”

“Thank you, everybody,” Hiner said. “Thank you.”

2017 Heritage Days Festival Schedule of Events

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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.

54th annual Heritage Days packs in new things among old favorites this week

Team Johnson – JJ’s Convenience Stores sprints down the course during the Heritage Days Bed Race last year at Huntington North High School. The team won the competition and was also voted crowd favorite. This year’s bed race will take place on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m., again at HNHS.
TAB file photo.

This year’s 54th annual Heritage Days will be packed full of new things to do and see throughout the festival, June 14 through 18.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “The ’40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity,” the festival has announced that World War II veteran Leo Scheer will be the grand marshal of the 2017 Heritage Days Parade.

Eric Clancy Jazz back for JeFFFest entertainment

Eric Clancy and his group perform in downtown Huntington at a previous JeFFFest event. This year’s JeFFFest will be held Sunday, June 18, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Eric Clancy Jazz will return to perform at this year’s JeFFFest, to be held Sunday, June 18, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington.

Clancy has performed at all but the first JeFFFest in 2008. Vocalist Shannon Persinger will join the group to perform for the crowd’s listening and even dancing enjoyment.

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.