Special Events & Festivals

Bands, zip line, fireworks and more await at Salamonie Summer Festival


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Three bands, a zip line, fireworks and more are in store for the 48th annual Salamonie Summer Festival July 3 through 5 in Warren.

The zip line is a new addition, says festival chair Cheryl DeWeese, and will take riders on a block-long flight down 2nd Street from Main Street to Nancy Street.

“It’s a short ride, but it will be fun,” she promises.

Kids under 18 will need a parent’s permission to ride. Adults who meet weight restrictions can also ride. Rides will be offered on Friday, July 3, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Contact sport


Photo by Steve Clark.

Caleb Featherston (left) and defender Bryce Hartman make contact during The Rebel 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, June 27, at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren. The tourney, part of the Salamonie Summer Festival, was moved indoors due to Saturday's inclement weather.

2015 Salamonie Summer Festival Schedule of Activites

FRIDAY, JULY 3   

All Day
ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW, The Daugherty Companies, 534 E. First Street

7:30 a.m.
SAMUEL L. JONES BREAKFAST, Knight-Bergman Center

9:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.
SALAMONIE VALLEY MUSEUM OPEN, Knight-Bergman Center

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
BAKE-OFF ENTRIES ACCEPTED, Crumbs Bakery, 201 N. Wayne St.

12:00 noon – 8 p.m.
QUILT SHOW, Heritage Pointe

1:00-5:00 p.m.
LIBRARY BOOK SALE, Warren Public Library

Haynes, Leas and Pursifull will reign over summer festivities in Warren

A trio of royalty poses for official pictures on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. They are (from left to right) Hailey Pursifull, Little Miss Warren; Hayley Jo Haynes, Miss Warren; and Cambri Leas, Junior Miss Warren.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Out of a group of 20 girls in three age categories, three were crowned on Saturday, April 25, to represent the town of Warren during Salamonie Summer Festival events.

The winners are Hayley Jo Haynes, Miss Warren; Cambri Leas, Junior Miss Warren; and Hailey Pursifull, Little Miss Warren. The titles represent new monikers changed this year.

Haynes, 16, was crowned the 2015 Miss Warren out of four girls who vied for the title. She is the daughter of Joe and Melinda Haynes. She was sponsored by Warpup Farms.

Miss Warren


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Hayley Joe Haynes, 16, was named winner of the Miss Warren portion of the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. She is the daughter of Joe and Melinda Haynes and is a sophomore at Huntington North High School. She was sponsored by Warpup Farms. By winning her title, she will perform various duties at the upcoming Salamonie Summer Festival.

Junior Miss Warren


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Cambri Leas, 9, was chosen the winner of the Junior Miss Warren portion of the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. Leas, the daughter of Shonna Leas and Mick Leas, also won the Miss Photogenic award in her group. She was sponsored by the Warren Fire Department. By winning her title, she will perform various duties at the upcoming Salamonie Summer Festival.

Little Miss Warren


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Hailey Pursifull, 6, the daughter of Scott and Melissa Pursifull and a first-grader at Salalmonie Elementary School, was chosen the winner of the Little Miss Warren category at the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. By winning her title, she will perform various duties at the upcoming Salamonie Summer Festival.

Asking the question


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Hailey Pursifull (left) answers a question from Master of Ceremnies Kelly Gray during the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday, April 25, at the Warren Church of Christ. Winners were chosen in three categories in this contest, which is the successor to the Salamonie Summer Festival Pageant.

Lawnmower fun


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Terry Gardner (right) pulls ahead of challenger Dave McDunna to win their heat during the lawnmower races held Saturday, July 5, in Warren as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Tae Kwon Do demonstration


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tim Stoffel, of Upland, demonstrates Tae Kwon Do moves during an exhibition Saturday, July 5, at the Salamonie Summer Festival. Stoffel is a second-degree black belt and instructor.

Lunchtime at SSF


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Customers line up at several food vendors on Second Street around lunchtime in downtown Warren on Saturday, July 5, during the Salamonie Summer Festival. Everything from SAM burgers (sausage) to funnel cakes was available, with several local organizations providing food as a fund-raiser.

Cornhole practice

TC Perry (right), of Montpelier, concentrates as he tosses a beanbag toward the target during practice for the Salamonie Summer Festival Cornhole Tourney Saturday, July 5. Vaughn Drennan, of Montpelier, (left) gathers up beanbags for his turn.

Touching the snake


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mark Kohlhorst, of Auburn (left), introduces a Columbian red tailed boa constrictor to enthusiastic children during his "Mark's Ark" show Saturday at the Salamonie Summer Festival. Kohlhorst let children get up close with several animals, including chinchillas, a blue-tongued skink and a duck.

Rebel action


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A member of the Slayers team (in white) shoots over a defender during the Rebel 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at the Knight-Bergman Center Saturday, July 5, druing the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Dueling pianos


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alesha Brown (left) and Mike McMahon, pianists from Midwest Dueling Pianos, perform a show behind the Wagon Wheel on Friday evening, July 4, as part of Salamonie Summer Festival.

Pedalling their way


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the Warren Town Council, Warren Chamber of Commerce and Historic Warren pedal their way down the Salalmonie Summer Festival Parade route on a vehicle that more resembled a meeting place than a bicycle on Friday evening, July 4.

Honor at the SSF Parade


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Warren Volunteer firefighter Shannon Hartman (right) walks the Salamonie Summer Festival Parade route in full firefighting gear in honor of her mother, Barbara Jones, a breast cancer survivor, on Friday evening, July 4.

SSF volleyball action


Photo by Steve Clark.

Michael Smith (right) goes for a spike against the defense of Peyton Pike during the Salamonie Summer Festival Volleyball Tournament on Friday, July 4. The event was sponsored by Warren Service & Supply, Bolinger's Propane and Helenna Chemical.

Antique tractor show


Photo by Steve Clark.

Carl Crandall, of Swayzee, moves his 1952 Farmall H tractor at the Salamonie Summer Festival Antique Tractor Show on Friday, July 4. The show was sponsored by The Daugherty Companies.

Broyles earn Warren's Samuel Jones Pioneer Award

Rose Broyles (right) smiles as she listens to 2013 Samuel Jones Pioneer Award recipient Tim Ford announce her as the winner of the 2014 honor, which recognizes a Warren resident for service to the community.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The little plaque Rose Broyles carried away from the Samuel Jones Pioneer Award breakfast represents a lot of love.

During the breakfast on Friday, July 4, in Warren, Broyles became the latest winner of the award, recognizing her years of volunteer service to her hometown as well as to her larger community.

"She knows the true meaning of service as a great example of how God calls us to serve others," said Tim Ford, the 2013 award winner, as he announced this year's award.

Community Service Award winners


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma International pose with their Community Service Award on Friday morning, July 4, at the Samuel Jones Pioneer Award Breakfast at te Knight-Bergman Center in Warren.

Bustos, Tolen and Leas to reign over Salamonie Summer Festival this year

Winning crowns at the Salamonie Summer Festival pageant on Sunday, June 29, are (from left) Junior Miss Sierra Tolen, Queen Alysse Bustos and Princess Cambri Leas.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A royal trio will reign over this year's Salamonie Summer Festival.

Alysse Bustos, Sierra Tolen and Cambri Leas were crowned Sunday, June 29, during the annual festival pageant held at the Warren Church of Christ.

The festival in Warren opens Friday, July 4, with the announcement of the Samuel L. Jones Award winner and closes Sunday evening, July 6, with fireworks at Tower Park.

Crowning royalty


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Cambri Leas (right) is crowned Salamonie Summer Festival princess by Miranda Bolinger Sunday afternoon, June 29, at the Warren Church of Christ. Also earning titles were Junior Miss Sierra Tolen and Queen Alysse Bustos. The trio will reign over the Salamonie Summer Festival, which will take place July 4 to 6.

Upcoming SSF packs a lot into three days

Sophia Cody (right) tries to straighten her aim during waterball fights held during the 2013 Salamonie Summer Festival. Waterball fights will return as part of this year’s festival in Warren, which opens Friday and continues through Sunday, July 6.
TAB file photo.

The Salamonie Summer Festival is packing a lot into three days.

Three bands, a local talent show and racing lawnmowers are just some of the attractions during the celebration in Warren. The festival opens Friday morning, July 4, with the recognition of someone who has worked tirelessly for the community and ends Sunday night, July 6, with a sparkling display of fireworks.

In between, the festival schedule is filled with tried-and-true activities.

"I don't think there's anything new in the festival," festival Chair Dennis Stroud says.

Presentation for U.S.S. Salamonie Museum


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Lilly Nutter (right) presents Dennis Stroud, one of the founders of the U.S.S. Salamonie Museum at the Knight Bergman Center, in Warren, with a plaque and American flag she had received for her efforts sending bags of conveniences and food to American troops in war zones. The veterans of the U.S.S. Salamonie continually support her efforts with donations for the mailing of more than 1,200 bags, she noted. The flag she presented to Stroud at the U.S.S. Salamonie reunion on Saturday evening, July 6, flew over an American base in Iraq for several hours.

Announce winners in Salamonie Summer Festival canoe races

Staci Brown (front) and Jane Trickle navigate their way toward second place in the women’s division of the Salamonie Summer Festival Canoe Races in Warren on Sunday, July 7.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Thirty-five people participated in the Salamonie Summer Festival canoe race on Sunday, July 7, in Warren.

There were four divisions and 21 teams for the annual Salamonie River event.

Andy Michaud and Noah Laymon placed first in the men's division.

Second place was captured by Carson Bolinger and T.C. Perry and the duo of Matt Shannon and Jeff Frazier placed third.

In the women's division, the team of Emily Jones and Becka Zeller placed first.

Placing second were Jane Trickle and Staci Brown and third place went to Sierra Laymon and Kelcey Ackison.

Canoe race champs


Photo by Steve Clark.

Emily Jones (front) and Becca Zeller cruise toward the finish line and first place in the women's division of the Salamonie Summer Festival Canoe Races in Warren on Sunday, July 7.

SSF car show

Spectators at the Salamonie Summer Festival Car Show in in downtown Warren (from left) Jim Harvey, Steve Buzzard and LeAnn Buzzard chat about one of the entries, a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, during the show on Sunday, July 7.

Waterball


Photo by Steve Clark.

Two teams of yungsters battle it out during waterball fights at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival on Sunday, July 7.

Lawnmower races


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Shawn Powell (right) has the lead over Matt Powell and two others during a heat of the outlaw class at the Lawmower races at the Knight Bergman Civic Center grounds during the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday, July 6, in Warren.

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