Special Events & Festivals

  

Olinger’s dedication earns him 2013 Arrowhead Award


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jamie Olinger was just 19, and a recent graduate of Huntington North High School, when he performed for the first time at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

That was in 1977, the second year the festival was held. In the 36 years since, he hasn't missed a year in the festival's entertainment lineup.

Olinger's dedication was recognized on Sunday, Sept. 29, when he was presented with the 2013 Arrowhead Award.

 

Shearing with scissors


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Lisa Sherman, of Warsaw, demonstrates sheep shearing with shearing scissors at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at Hier's Park in Huntington on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

Woodworking


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Pioneer Mark Krumanaker, of Huntington, demonstrates woodworking at the Pioneer Village on Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at Hier's Park in Huntington.

 

Teddy Roosevelt at Pioneer Festival


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Gib Young, of Huntington,portraying the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, spills stories from Roosevelt's many adventrues in life to a crowd at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at Hier's Park in Huntington on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

Spinning


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ruth Neinzen, of Fort Wayne, spins silk and wool at the Pioneer Village on Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at Hier's Park in Huntington.

 

Blacksmithing


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Jim Johnson, of Huntington, performs blacksmith duties during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

 

Clogging at the Pioneer Festival


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Applejack Kloggers perform on the stage at Hier's Park in Huntington during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

Pioneer Festival performance


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Members of Shakin' Hammers, of Centreville, MI, perform old-time music at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

 

Climbing to the bell


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Young McKenzie Kruger (center), of Delta, OH, gets help from members of Boy Scout Troop 135 as she climbs the troop's Jacob's ladder trying to reach the bell at the end during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

 

Getting the cannon ready


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Members of the 1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812, get the cannon ready to fire during one of their military demonstrations at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

 

Pioneer finest


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Melba Edwards, of Zanesville, is dressed in her pioneer finest as she works in a booth at the antiques barn at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

Plein air art


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Melissa Pharoah (center), of Huntington sketches some pioneer life from the reenactors at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at Hier's Park in Huntington on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28. Pharoah later added paint to her work. With her are her sister, Holly (left) and her mother, Krysti.

 

Chair caning


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Cameron Huffman (left), of Roann, explains his chair canning technique to Dan Hosler, of West Lafayette, at the Pioneer Village during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

 

Public invited to non-denominational pioneer church service


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The public is invited to attend the non-denominational pioneer-style worship service that will be held as part of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Hier's Park.

The service will be lead by Rev. Chris Hayden and the congregation of the Central Christian Church, Huntington. The 50-minute worship service will begin at 9 a.m. at the main stage and will feature old-fashioned preaching and with period music and hymns. The service will be held in a sheltered area in case of rain.

 

Several new events join old at Pioneer Festival


TAB file photo.

Jennifer Scalf has been involved in the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival for 18 of its 38 years.

During that time, she's seen the addition of a farmer's market, new vendors come in as long-time participants have retired and the formalization of emergency procedures as the festival grew.

The changes continue this year, says Scalf, who is chairing this year's event - a position she's held for "five or six years, I think."

 

Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival schedule of activities

Sept. 28 and 29, 2013


Graphic provided.

38th Annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival
Hier's Park, Huntington schedule

Saturday, September 28

10:00 a.m.
Opening firearm salute by 1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812, gates
Shakin' Hammers String Band, stage - Sponsored by JBG Photography

10:30 a.m.
Melodrama by Masque & Gavel, see map
Vintage Base Ball Hill Toppers vs. Millers, see map