Special Events & Festivals

Arrowhead awardee


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Lori Satchwill, a member of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival steering committee for 25 years, was presented with the festival’s Arrowhead Award on Sunday, Sept. 23. The award is given annually to someone who has made a major contribution to the success of the festival. Satchwill (center), holding her granddaughter, Ayvah Jones, received the award from festival co-chairs Rachelle Nightenhelser (left) and Bonita Price (right).

Shooting on the run


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Chad Kreider, of Huntington, gives a mounted shooting demonstration at the encampment at the 43rd annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Feisstival on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The festival continues today, Sunday, Sept. 23, until 5 p.m.

Going for the target


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Jake Kieninger, of Macy, demonstrates an ax throw at a target at the Pioneer Village at the 43rd annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

School is in session


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"Teacher" Heather Clampitt talks about what pioneer schoolhouses would have been like to a group of children at the 43rd annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22. The festival is sponsored by the Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi sorority and Friends of the Festival, and continues today, Sunday, Sept. 23, until 5 p.m.

'Pioneer French Fries'


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Susan Fiet, of Elkhart,makes what she considers to be "Pioneer French Fries" at the Pioneer Village at the 43rd annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The festival runs today, Sunday, Sept. 23, until 5 p.m.

Craftsman


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Ernie White, of Huntington, concentrates as he makes a powderhorn at the Pioneer Village on Saturday, Sept. 22, during the 43rd annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The festival is sponsored by the Phi Chapter of the Psi Iota Xi sorority and Friends of the Festival.

Blacksmithing


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Jim Johnson, of Huntington, practices the blacksmith craft at the 43rd annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 22. The festival continues today, Sunday, until 5 p.m.

2018 Pioneer Festival Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 22

10:00 a.m.
Opening firearm salute by 1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812
Musical entertainment by JennyLane, stage
Sponsor: Bippus State Bank

10:30 a.m.
Melodrama by Masque & Gavel, opera house

10:45 a.m.
Pioneer school learnin’, pioneer village

Pioneer Festival freshens up a bit as it celebrates 43rd year

Blacksmith Mark Thomas (left), of Markle, shows Anna Scott, of Huntington, the finer points of hammering metal at his booth at the 2017 Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The festival returns this year on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23.
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This year’s Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival will give visitors a lot of new activities to see, do and taste as Huntington County celebrates all things 19th century style.

The 43rd annual event, presented by the Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi and Friends of the Festival, will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

‘Abraham Lincoln’ returning to Pioneer Festival to entertain youth

Danny Russel, in character as Abraham Lincoln, brings the 16th president of the United States to life during the 2017 Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. Russel will return to this year’s festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.
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Abraham Lincoln will return to the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival this year to entertain the youngsters, who can also create scarecrows to display at the festival and show their pioneer spirit by participating in a children’s parade.