Special Events & Festivals

Salamonie Summer Fest names parade winners

The winners of the Salamonie Summer Festival Parade have been announced. They are:

• Color Guard – Boy Scout Troop.

• Business Organization – Heritage Pointe of Warren.

• Religious Organization – Solid Rock United Methodist Church.

• Service Organization – The Ray Family.

• Youth Organization – Small World Preschool.

• Antique Unit – John and Christine Wearly.

• Classical Vehicle – Fort Wayne Corvette Club.

Taking a peek


Photo by Steve Clark.

Cindy (left) and Dave Fleeger take a peek inside a truck cab at the Mike Ackley Memorial Car Show on Sunday, July 2, at Heritage Pointe, in Warren. The show was held as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Liking the wheels


Photo by Steve Clark.

Jerry (left) and Angie Simpson check out the engine on a car at the Mike Ackley Memorial Car Show on Sunday, July 2, at Heritage Pointe, in Warren. The show was held as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Tractor admiration


Photo by Steve Clark.

Cyrena (left) and Ray Staller admire a John Deere tractor at the Salamonie Summer Festival Antique Tractor Show on Sunday, July 2, at The Daugherty Companies, in Warren.

Foot to ball


Photo by Steve Clark.

Kodi Elliot prepares to put foot to ball during the championship game of the Salamonie Summer Festival Kickball Tournament on Sunday, July 2, at the Tower Park ball diamonds, in Warren.

Floating along


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Members of McNatt United Methodist Church ride on their float celebrating the 50th year of the Salamonie Summer Festival in the parade held Sunday, July 2, through downtown Warren. Although the parade was washed out on Friday, June 30, the rain date was all sunshine.

Getting an early start


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Kedrick Barr lets his son, Cooper, take the wheel of his 1954 Super MTA Farmall tractor as they make their way down Wayne Street in downtown Warren as part of the 50th annual Salamonie Summer Festival Parade on Sunday, July 2. With them is Barr’s wife Brittany.

Rodeo!


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Roy Lee, of Benton, AR, gets his calf's feet off the ground as he competes in the calf roping competiton at the Big Top Rodeo at the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday, July 1. The event continues today, Sunday, July 2, at the Knight Bergman Center grounds.

Kellam and DeaKyne


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Former Warren residents Tom Kellam (left) and Shelbia DeaKyne perform on the downstagtge stage as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday evening, July 1.

Headliners

Huntington band Wehr Rock of Elders performs on the downtown stage as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday evening, July 1.

This one!


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Amanda Ray (left) and Elliott Keefe, both of Grayslake, IL, make a choice on a piece of artwork to vote for during the Salamonie Summer Festival Art Show on Saturday, July 1. at the old Warren fire station. The show included a people's choice contest.

Porcelain chariot race


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Karl Plumlee, of Portland, manuevers his porcelain chariot on the streets of downtown Warren during the Porcelain Chariot Race as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday, July 1.

Letting it go


Photo by Steve Clark.

Brian Buzzard (left) lets a beanbag fly while Izzie Pfeiffer watches during the Rebel Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 1, at the old light plant as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines!


Photo by Steve Clark.

A group of children line up at the start line for the Big Wheel races in downtown Warren as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday, July 1.

Searching


Photo by Steve Clark.

Young Ryder Nelson looks for candy or coins hidden in a hay pile as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival activities on Saturday, July 1. Solid Rock United Methodist Church was the event sponsor.

Drawing defenders


Photo by Steve Clark.

Trace Shroyer (with ball) draws the attention of two defenders in action Saturday, July 1, at the Rebel 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Warren during the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Community Service Award winners


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the committee members for the first Salamonie Summer Festival received the Community Service Award during the Samuel Jones Pioneer Award breakfast on June 30. Committee members in attendance at the breakfast were (from left) Dr. Don Ping, who chaired the festival for its first seven years, and Jerry Williams, Richard Bonham and Joanna Grassl.

Jones Pioneer Award winner’s life as volunteer ‘just happened’

Wendell Brown, recipient of the 2017 Samuel Jones Pioneer Award, received the key to the Town of Warren from Town Council President Julia Glessner (right) during the Salamonie Summer Festival kickoff breakfast on June 30. With Brown is his wife, Shari Brown (center).
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Wendell Brown didn’t really plan to spend his life serving his community.

“I didn’t start out to have a lot of years in emergency service,” he said. “It just happened.”

Brown’s service included much more than volunteering as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and first responder, said Jim Howell, as he passed the Samuel Jones Pioneer Award on to Brown.

SSF volleyball tournament taking registrations day of event, July 4

Bolinger’s Propane Service and Warren Service & Supply are hosting the annual Salamonie Summer Festival’s volleyball tournament on July 4.

Pre-play starts at 10 a.m. with the tournament starting at 1 p.m. at Tower Park, in Warren.

Each six-member team must have as many women as men. Each team is responsible for refereeing.

Registration is at 10 a.m. on July 4. A fee per team will be charged.

For any questions call Bolinger’s Propane at 375-3010.

2017 Salamonie Summer Festival Schedule of Activites

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

All Day
ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW
The Daugherty Companies, 534 E. 1st St.

7:30 a.m.
SAMUEL JONES BREAKFAST
Knight Bergman Center, 132 N. Nancy St.

4:00 p.m.
HOMETOWN BAKING CONTEST JUDGING
Kim’s Katered Affair, 115 N. Wayne St.
Winner announced after parade

Warren’s Salamonie Summer Festival packs in events to celebrate 50th year of fun, memories

Aaron Page sends the ball flying during the Salamonie Summer Festival Kickball Tournament last year at Tower Park, in Warren. The tourney is scheduled this year for Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m.
TAB file photo

It’s the golden anniversary of Warren’s Salamonie Summer Festival, and the 2017 theme is “A Golden Celebration – 50 Years of Festival Memories.”

This year’s celebration is on tap to be bigger, badder, better, booming, bolder and more bodacious than previous years, with entertainment, games, a huge fireworks display and a wide array of events expected to draw lots of spectators and participants.

29th annual Samuel Jones Breakfast to kick off SSF on Friday, June 30

The 29th annual Samuel Jones Breakfast, the kick-off for the Salamonie Summer Festival in Warren, will be held on Friday, June 30, at 7:30 a.m. at the Knight Bergman Center, in Warren.

During the breakfast, this year’s Samuel Jones Pioneer Award will be presented to a person or persons who exemplifies the spirit of the Warren area community through volunteerism, support and dedication.

Discount tickets are available in advance at East of Chicago, Bippus State Bank, iAB financial bank and the Warren Town Hall, all in Warren.

Rodeo returns to SSF for two-day run July 1-2

After a break of several years, rodeo returns to the Salamonie Summer Festival as the Big Hat Rodeo will run Saturday, July 1, starting at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 2, starting at 3:30 p.m., at the Knight Bergman Center grounds, in Warren.

Seven events will be contested, with professionals among those vying for prize money and points from the Midstates Rodeo Association.

Events will be bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie down roping and team roping.

W.A.R. Games heats up Salamonie Summer Festival July 1-4

Mark Jeffers (right) flings a bean bag as opponent Drew Carey looks on during the Salamonie Summer Festival Corn Hole Tournament last year at Warren’s old light plant.
TAB file photo.

Warren Health and Fitness is sponsoring five events as part of its W.A.R. Games for the Salamonie Summer Festival next week.

The Warren Area Rumble consists of a basketball tourney, bike ride, cornhole tournament, a walk/run and a mud run. All are rain or shine events.

The Rebel 3-3 Basketball Tournament returns for its 15th year on Saturday, July 1, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and tip-off starting at 9, at the Knight Bergman Center, 132 Nancy St., Warren.

Awards are given to the top three teams in each bracket.

Country concert added to Warren’s festivities

Country artist Aaron Watson will entertain the crowd prior to the Salamonie Summer Festival fireworks on July 3 in Tower Park.
Photo provided.

Veteran country music artist Aaron Watson will be the headline attraction at the K105 Concert at Tower Park in Warren on July 3, preceding what has been billed as the largest fireworks display in Salamonie Summer Festival history as the festival hails its 50th year in 2017.

Watson, a 17-year veteran, had a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Albums Chart in 2015 when his album, “The Underdog,” became the first for an independent male performer to debut at the top spot.

Festival fund-raiser


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Diners gather in the old light plant in Warren on Saturday, April 22, for an evening that included a concert and an auction to raise funds for this summer’s 50th Salamonie Summer Festival.

Taking SSF parade entries

Entries are being accepted for the Salamonie Summer Festival parade, to be held June 30 at 7 p.m. in downtown Warren.

Parade units will line up at 6 p.m. at the north entrance to Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

This year’s festival theme is “50 Years of Festival Memories.”

Entry forms are available at the Warren Town Hall, Bippus State Bank in Warren and the iAB financial bank in Warren. To receive an entry form by mail, leave a message at 224-5504.

All entry forms must be returned no later than June 15.

Salamonie Summer Festival seeking rodeo, concert sponsors

The Salamonie Summer Festival is seeking sponsorships for the rodeo and concert to be held during this summer’s festival.

Country performer Aaron Watson will headline the festival concert on July 3. The presenting sponsor will receive naming rights for the concert and other perks.

Several sponsorships are available for the rodeo, including presenting sponsor, two title sponsorships, a VIP sponsorship and gate sponsorship.

For information, contact Mike Haggerty at 375-4840 or haggertymichael@hotmail.com.

Keeping his cool


Photo by Steve Clark.

Mark Graham looks cool, calm and collected as he participates in the Salamonie Summer Festival Graden Tractor Pull on Sunday, July 3.

Bigfoot?


Photo by Steve Clark.

Kimberly Stevens puts her foot into the ball during the Salamonie Summer Festival Kickball Tournament at Tower Park on Sunday afternoon, July 3.

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