Special Events & Festivals

Arrowhead Award

Phyllis Renz (left) and Tina Bobilya (second from left), of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau, accept the 2014 Arrowhead Award from Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Chairman Mindy Rider (third from left) and festival co-chairman Jeremy Garner (right). The award is presented each year to an individual or organization that plays a major role in making the festival a success. Festival organizers cited assistance from the Visitors Bureau in getting the word out about this festival, which this year drew a crowd estimated at 7,050 on Saturday and 6,300 on Sunday.

Mounted Regulators demo


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Chad Kreider shoots out a balllon while on horsebasck during a demonstration by the Indiana Mounted Regulators at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hier's Park.

Merry-go-round the old-fashioned way


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Riders get pushed around on the old-fshioned merry-go-round manned by Boy Scout Troop 637 of Huntington at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hier's Park.

Shelling corn

Landon Zezula uses an old-fashioned corn sheller to take the corn kernels off an ear of corn during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hier's Park.

Cooking lunch the old-fashioned way


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tim Bickel, of Goshen, fries up some bacon the pioneer way on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at Hier's Park.

Candle dipping


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ruby Mickley, 3, the daughter of Jason and Jill Mickley, of Fort Wayne, does some old-fashioned candle dipping at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at Hier's Park on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Blacksmith chores

Mark Thomas, of Markle, pounds out a piece of a "squirrel cooker" during a blacksmith demonstration at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hier's Park.

Kickin' it


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Applejack Cloggers kick it up during a performance on the stage at Hier's Park as part of the Forks of the Wabash Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Horse-drawn wagon rides


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Joe Eisenhauer (left), of Eisenhauer's Little Bit Farm in Andrews, was providing horse-drawn wagon rides around Hier's Park on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

Invite public to pioneer-style worship at Pioneer Festival

Rev. Chris Hayden, pastor of Central Christian Church, will bring the message during an old-fashioned worship service on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The service begins at 9 a.m.
TAB file photo.

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. 28, at Hier's Park.

The service will be led 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 festival's "opera house saloon" and will feature old-fashioned preaching and with period music and hymns.

Indiana’s ‘pioneer spirit’ returns locally for 39th year

Alice Stickler (left) and Katie Blackard prepare for a butter churning demonstration during last year’s Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The festival returns to Hier’s Park this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28.
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The Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival returns for its 39th year this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28.

Over those two days, Festival Chairman Mindy Rider says, the spirit of mid-1800s Indiana will take over the festival grounds at Hier's Park, in Huntington.

New to the festival this year is a shooting demonstration by the Indiana Mounted Regulators, a cowboy group that picks off its targets while mounted on galloping horses.

Entertainment lineup for festival includes 13 acts

The Goldmine Pickers, featuring (from left) Lukas Simpson, Adam Carter and Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman, performs Sunday at 11 a.m. on the forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival stage. In all, 13 acts are scheduled on stage throughout the weekend.
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Thirteen musical groups will perform at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival this weekend, with concerts scheduled hourly throughout the two days.

Strolling musicians will also wander the festival grounds throughout the weekend.

The festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hier's Park, in Huntington. A non-denominational old-time worship service will be held on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Mounted shooters’ competition a prelude to festival appearance

Phil Kreider aims at a balloon during the Indiana Mounted Regulators’ competition Saturday morning, Sept. 13, at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

New to the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival this year, the Indiana Mounted Regulators will be demonstrating different western riding skills. Among these different skills and techniques, spectators will be shown various forms of target shooting from horseback.

"This works out with what we do because they dress in the old periodic garb and western base," says Chad Kreider, board member and shooter for the Indiana Mounted Regulators.

The group also held a competition last weekend, Sept. 13 and 14, at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club.

Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival schedule of activities

Saturday, September 27

10:00 a.m.
Opening firearm salute by 1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812, encampment
Entertainment by Sunny Taylor, stage
Sponsored by Bippus State Bank

10:30 a.m.
Melodrama by Masque & Gavel

11:00 a.m.
Entertainment by Applejack Cloggers, stage
Sponsored by Community Link Federal Credit Union
Base Ball with the Hill Toppers
Pioneer School House, pioneer village

11:30 a.m.
Melodrama by Masque & Gavel
Antique bicycle riding demonstration

Olinger’s dedication earns him 2013 Arrowhead Award

Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Co-Chairman Mindy Rider (left) and Chairman Jennifer Scalf (right) present the 2013 Arrowhead Award to Jamie Olinger, who has performed at the festival every year for 37 of the festival’s 38 years.
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

Rev. Chris Hayden, pastor of Central Christian Church, will bring the message during an old-fashioned worship service on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The service begins at 9 a.m.
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

Stephanie Shultz (left) plays the dulcimer during last year’s Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival as (from left) Eva Thomson, Hannah Thomson, Elizabeth Thomson and Shelby Cook (back to camera) play along by rattling dried gourds.
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


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

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