Special Events & Festivals

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.
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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.
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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.


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.

Defending their turf

Photo by Steve Clark.

The always popular waterball fights were one again sponsored by the Warren Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday afternoon, July 3.

Porcelain chariot champion

Photo by Steve Clark.

Gina Canady, competing for team Fantastic Four, shows off her competitive side during the Salamonie Summer Festival Porcelain Chariot Race in down Warren on Satturday, July 2. The Fantastic Four won the team competition and then donated the prize money to the town's fireworks show, which was held Sunday night, July 3.

Catching up on history

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jerry and Dianne Metzger read about a tractor's history during the Salamonie Summer Festival Antique Tractor & Engine Show hosted by The Daugherty Companies on Saturday, July 2, at its 1st Street location.

Turning it loose

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chris Furnish (right) lets fly a bean bag as Brandon Hensly gets ready for his turn at the Salamonie Summer Festival Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 2, at the old light plant.

Touring the town

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Kids Train proceeds down North Wayne Street, in Warren, during the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday, July 2.

SSF water slide

Photo by Steve Clark.

Kade Brown comes tearing down the water slide at the Knight Bergman Center, in Warren, during the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday, July 2.


Photo by Steve Clark.

To demonstrate the climbing ability of his tree frog, Mark Kohlhorst (left) places the critter on volunteer Isaac Smelser during the Mark’s Ark animal show in the Salamonie Summer Festival downtown tent, in Warren, on Saturday, July 2.


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Tailgaters, featuring (from left) Chris Ferrara, Joe Bachman and Brian Walsh, perform outside the Wagon Wheel, in Warren, during the Salamonie Summer Festival on Friday, July 1.

Urban Legend at Salamonie Summer Festival

Photo by Steve Clark.

Members of Urban Legend (from left) Lisa Loza, Lisa McDavid, Mike McDonald and Mark Gevaart perform on the Salamonie Summer Festival downtown stage, in Warren, on Friday, July 1.

Parade float wth a message

Photo by Steve Clark.

Rock Steady Boxing participants from Heritage Pointe, in Warren, show off their form atop a float during the Salamonie Summer Festival parade on Friday, July 1. Rock Steady Boxing aims to help people with Parkinson’s disease combat its effects through boxing.

2016 community service award

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The volunteers of the Bargain Basement, a community thrift shop located at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren, received the 2016 community service award during a breakfast on Friday, July 1, at the Knight Bergman Center. On hand to receive the award were (from left) Nancy Surfus, Suzy Boxell, Jan Weight, Linda Tharp and Mary Daugherty. The breakfast was a kick-off to the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Morning speaker turns into Jones Pioneer Award recipient

Steve Ackley (left), the brother of last year's Samuel Jones Pioneer Award winner Mike Ackley, who died soon after receiving the award, gives the introduction to this year's Pioneer Award winner, Jim Howell, on Friday morning, July 1, at the Knight Bergman Civic Center.
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Jim Howell, whose mission has been to hold the graduates of Warren High School together, was named winner of the 2016 Samuel Jones Pioneer Award during a July 1 breakfast held in the building that once housed the school.

“When I left this morning, my wife was still in bed,” Howell said, as his wife and other family members lined up in the back of the room. “I’m just really stunned.”

2016 Salamonie Summer Festival Schedule of Activites


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

7:30 a.m.
Knight Bergman Center

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Warren Church of Christ, 302 N. Wayne St.

2:00 p.m.
Sponsor: The Flower Pot

49th annual Salamonie Summer Festival shows competitive edge this year

Urban Legend will bring some of the music to the Salamonie Summer Festival in one of two concerts set for Friday, July 1, the first night of the celebration. Urban Legend plays at 9 p.m. on the downtown stage, and Joe Bachman & The Tailgaters play after the parade in the Wagon Wheel parking lot. The festival continues through Monday, July 4.
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This year’s Salamonie Summer Festival will introduce a couple of events tailor made for anyone with a competitive streak — and an affinity for the out-of-the-ordinary.

First, there’s a “porcelain chariot” race utilizing, you guessed it, toilets.

Then there’s the Rough Mudter, a race so grimy that there’s a shower station at the end.

“It’s going to be awesome,” says Brittney Morton, manager of Warren Health and Fitness, sponsor of the Rough Mudter.

Party band at SSF

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Joe Bachman & The Tailgaters, a “party band” based in Nashville, TN, will play in the Wagon Wheel parking lot after the Salamonie Summer Festival parade on Friday, July 1.

Inviting units to participate in SSF parade July 1

The 49th annual Salam onie Summer Festival will kick off with the parade on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Parade units are invited to participate.

Awards will be given to the following categories:

Business organization, ball league, service organization, classical vehicle, animal unit, marching band, religious organization, youth organization, antique unit, antique tractor, pooper scooper and color guard.

Salamonie Summer Festival seeks entries for art shows and flower show

Entries are now being accepted for the Salamonie Summer Festival’s adult art show, children’s art show and flower show.

The festival will be held July 1 through 4 in Warren, but the entry deadline for these three events is June 27. Entry forms are available at the Warren Town Hall, by calling 375-2436 or by emailing treva-ssf@hotmail.com.


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Nora McDaniel does the splits in the hobby portion of the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday evening, May 7, at the Warren Church of Christ. McDaniel was runner-up in the Little Miss Warren portion of the contest.

Miss Warren Pageant

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Olivia Bolinger (left) answers a question posed to her by Hayley Haynes during the Miss Warren Pageant on Saturday evening, May 7, at the Warren Church of Christ. Bolinger went on to win both Miss Photogenic and Miss Warren.

Salamonie Summer Festival seeks festival vendors

The Salamonie Summer Festival committee is seeking marketplace vendors to take part in the festival, which will be held the weekend of July 4.

Anyone who deals in antiques, crafts, collectibles, flea market items, hobby items or home party items may participate.

Spaces start at 10 feet by 10 feet, with larger spaces available. Cargo trailers are allowed as long as they open from the side to display items. Electrical service is available on a first come, first served basis.

Gard’s quilt is favorite at SSF show

Marjorie Gard has been announced as the winner of the People’s Choice category from the Salamonie Summer Festival Quilt Show.

The 101-year-old designed and made her quilt with the help of her mother when she was 17.

Are these luscious? You decide

Photo by Steve Clark.

A contestant struts his legs during the inaugural Luscious Legs Contest on the Salamonie Summer Festival Stage in downtown Warren on Saturday evening, July 4. A curtain was used to keep the contestants unidentified until the end of the contest.