Special Events & Festivals


Leading the way

Charlie Mettler (left) and Alex Cushman lead the way down North Jefferson Street early in the Huntington Heritage Days 5K on Sataurday, June 21. The Heritage Days Parade followed the runners down the route afterward.


Artist appreciation

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Carrie Runyan (left), 13, and Sarah Landers, 13, both of Huntington, check to see who has bid on the artwork Runyan made for JeFFFest. Her canvas was one of 141 up for bids in a silent auction to benefit the LaFontaine Arts Council. Carrie is the daughter of Micheal and Caroline Runyan and Sarah is the daughter of Bobby and Jean Landers. JeFFFest, held Sunday, June 22, was the final event of the 2014 Huntington Heritage Days weekend.


Steady aim

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Michelle Dailey, of Huntington, takes aim at a target at the Roush Lake Shooting Range during the Women In The Outdoors Fun Shoot on Sunday, June 22. Dailey was using a Bersa .380. The event was part of the Huntington Heritage Days festivities.


Evening glow

Hot air balloons "glow" in the evening twilight at Huntington North High School during Balloonfest on Saturday, June 21, during the Heritage Days activities. Ten balloons participated in the event.


Bed race champs

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Fallen Soldier team hoists their trophy after winning the Heritage Days Bed Race Saturday, June 21 at Huntington North High School. The team also won the race last year.


Coach House wins HD Window Display Contest

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Coach House Day Spa & Boutique has been named the winner of the 13th annual Heritage Days Window Display Contest. The downtown business, located at 54 W. Market St., won first place with the best depiction of this year's Huntington Heritage Days theme, "Flourishing in the 1920s."

Judge Susan Taylor praised the originality and visibility of the decorated window, which featured a hand-made 1920s era "flapper."


Checking it out

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ronnie Geels (back) and Tiffany Smart, both of Fort Wayne, check out the interior of a red 1969 Chevy Camaro during a car show held at Huntington North High School as part of the Heritage Days activities on Saturday afternoon.


Deep thoughts

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Drew Hollman expounds on "deep thoughts" during the Vaudeville at the Forks show at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Saturday, June 21, as part of Heritage Days.


Dummy up, kid

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Adam Drummond (left) plays a ventriloquist with his wisecracking "dummy" son, Chase, during their skit Saturday, June 21, as part of the Vaudeville at the Forks show at the Historic Forks of the Wabash during Heritage Days.


Strength challenge

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jessi Schultz (right) strains as she carries a weight in the Magnusson Carry portion of the YMCA Strength Challenge in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 21, during Heritage Days activities.


Kiddie pull winner

Photo by Steve Clark.

Karstynn Updike shows the winning form in the lightweight division of the Kiddie Tractor Pull at the Heritage Days Fun Zone in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 21.


Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge

Photo by Steve Clark.

David Bye (right) takes his throw at the Heritage Days Cornhole Challenge while Brenda Williams awaits her turn on Saturday, June 21, in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 21.


Taking aim

Photo by Steve Clark.

Daxton Wine (left) lines up his throw during a game at the Poor Jack Amusements midway at the Huntington Heritage Days on Saturday, June 21. The object of the game was to throw a ping pong ball into one of the glass jars containing a fish to win that fish.


Bippus State Bank wins best theme float at HD Parade

Photo by Steve Clark.

Bippus State Bank won best theme float among nine awards handed out by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce after the Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 21.

The bank's award for portrayal of the theme "Flourishing in the 1920s" was sponsored by Capozza Appraisals.

Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County won best youth group, with the award sponsored by The Huntington County TAB, and Parkview Huntington Hospital won best adult group, with the award sponsored by Applebee's Grill & Bar.


Tribute to a fallen pair

Photo by Steve Clark.

A float honoring two Huntington County soldiers -- Paul Pabla and Chad Clements,who died in action in recent years -- rolls down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 21.


Mizpah Power

Photo by Steve Clark.

Mizpah Antique Power tractors make their way down the Heritage Days Parade route on North Jefferson Street in Huntington on Saturday morning, June 21.


Parade ride

Photo by Steve Clark.

Motorcyclists enjoy the morning as they head down the Huntington Heritage Days Parade route on North Jefferson Street on Saturday morning, June 21. The parade featured about 100 entries.


Roaring for the Red

Photo by Steve Clark.

While Arthur Murray dance instructor Jake Fox instructs at right, Dee Hinesley (left) and his wife Trace dance at the "Guys & Dolls: Roarding for the Red" event on Friday night, June 20, at the LaFontaine Center. The event, done in 1020s speakeasy style, was a fund-raiser for the local Red Cross.


Heritage Days Car Show

Photo by Steve Clark.

David Harrell (left) and Denise Harrell admire a vehicle at the Heritage Days Car Show in downtown Huntington on Friday evening, June 20.


Picking out the right one

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mathew Rhoads, 4, of Plymouth, gets excited as Kaylie Killian (left) picks out a bowl of strawberries, ice cream and shortcake at the Huntington Rotary Club Strawberry Feed Thursday, June 19, assisted by Becky Pfister (fourth from left). George Killian (third from left), of Huntington, prepares to get his dessert topped off by Rotarian Annette Carroll (right). Heritage Hall at Hier's Park was nearly full of people enjoying the sweet treat.


A whacking good time

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sisters Amber Murphy (left) and Monica Mullins (center), along with their friend Rose Zschernitz, all of Huntington, try their hand at the whack-a-mole game on the Poor Jack Amusements midway Thursday, June 19 during Huntington's Heritage Days festival.


Martz, Spencer win HD pageant crowns

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The 2014 Little Miss Heritage Days and Junior Miss Heritage Days were crowned Wednesday night, June 18, during the annual pageant.

This year's Little Miss Heritage Days is Corinne Martz, and Junior Miss is Emily Spencer. The girls beat out 46 competitors to earn the crown.

The contestants participated in a personality/interview and modeling competition.

Each category was awarded five runners-up, in addition to the new queens for 2014.


Little Miss Heritage Days court

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Little Miss Heritage Days court celebrates its victory on Wednesday night, June 18. The winners are (from left) Avery Maria Pohler, third runner-up; Elise Felver, second runner-up; Skylar Olson, first runner-up; Little Miss Heritage Days Corinne Martz; Macey Danielle' Long, fifth runner-up; and Madalynn Wellman, fourth runner-up.


Jim Scheiber humbly accepts mantle as newest chief

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jim Scheiber may be the most self-effacing chief in the 46-year history of the Flint Springs Tribe.

He had one question for the other chiefs gathered at the LaFontaine Golf Club to accept Scheiber into their tribe:

"How can I be the chief of a whole tribe when I'm not even the chief of my own house?"


EMA to keep an eye on weather during Heritage Days

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency will be keeping an eye on the weather during Heritage Days and is prepared to activate warning sirens if a severe weather event is expected to hit Huntington.

Normally, the sirens are activated only for a tornado warning. However, EMA Administrative Assistant Jim Guy says, sirens in the downtown area will be activated during Heritage Days to warn festival-goers of a severe thunderstorm. Public safety personnel will direct the crowds to safe locations.


Announce JeFFFest food vendors, items

The LaFontaine Arts Council is preparing for JeFFFest.
JeFFFest is a community event for all ages. It will be held June 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Huntington.

No admission is charged for the event itself. Tickets for food items will be sold at the Jefferson and Washington Street and Jefferson and Market Street intersections the evening of JeFFFest.

Most drinks will require one or two tickets, and food items will require two to four tickets.

Food vendors and their menus are:


Heritage Days 5K runners will lead the parade down Jefferson Street

The Heritage Days 5K, sponsored by the Men in Black Running Club, will be Saturday, June 21.

The race starts at Kriegbaum Field at 10 a.m., with runners leading the Heritage Days Parade.

"It's probably one of the only experiences people get to run in front of thousands of people in the first mile of a race," says Justin Miller, co-organizer of the race.

"That's probably one of the coolest aspects we have to offer."

The overall male and female winners will be awarded trophies, while age division winners and runners-up will receive medals.


2014 summer festival season gets start this week at Heritage Days

TAB file photo.

Anyone looking for something fun to do in Huntington this weekend will find it when the Heritage Days festival returns for its 51st year, beginning Wednesday, June 18.

Some old favorite activities return this year, with some new ones added to the list.
The festival kicks off with Poor Jack Amusements, the familiar midway carnival, setting up on Warren Street for all five days of the festival. Festival-goers can expect some new rides and games this year.


2014 Heritage Days Festival Schedule

June 18-22, 2014

5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
POOR JACK AMUSEMENTS - Amusement rides and games for the entire family. Height restrictions on some rides. Sponsored by Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.
7:00 p.m.
LITTLE MISS/JUNIOR MISS HERITAGE DAYS PAFGEANT - Zurcher Auditorium, Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University.


Eric Clancy Jazz will return to city for this summer’s JeFFFest celebration

Photo provided.

The LaFontaine Arts Council announces that Eric Clancy Jazz will once again provide the music for JeFFFest. Soloist Shannon Persinger will also be featured.

JeFFFest is a family-friendly community event sponsored by the LAC and Four Corners Custom Framing. The event will be held in downtown Huntington on Sunday, June 22, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Edward Jones financial advisors Scott Atkinson, Jim Ditzler, Chuck Harris, Nicole Johnson, Trent McBride, Jim Scheiber and Jim Warner are underwriting Clancy's appearance.


Artists can start creating works for this summer’s JeFFFest show and sale

Photo provided.

The LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing announce that this year's JeFFFest will be held June 22.

The event, held in downtown Huntington from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., features "fun food, fabulous music and fine art."

The art portion of JeFFFest provides artists of all ages the opportunity to create a work on a 5-by-7 canvas. These official JeFFFest canvases can be purchased only at Four Corners Custom Framing, 419 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, during business hours from Tuesdays through Saturdays.