Special Events & Festivals


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

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

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

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.


2014 Salamonie Summer Festival Schedule of Activites

July 4-6, 2014


All Day
The Daugherty Companies, 534 E. 1st Street
Sponsor: The Daugherty Companies Inc.

7:30 a.m
Knight Bergman Center
Sponsor: Warren Area Chamber of Commerce

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Knight Bergman Center

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Town Annex