Special Events & Festivals

Kid art


Photo by Steve Clark.

Elizabeth LaMar works on her canvas painting at the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, June 11, in an event conducted by Giggabuggy, of Huntington.

Mounted shooting demo


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Chad Kreider shoots out a balloon and maneuvers his horse at the Mounted Regulators mounted shooting demonstration at the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, June 11.

Coming up for a breath


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Cheo Horner comes up for a breath before digging in to his second pie in the Markle Festival Pie-Eating Contest on Saturday, June 11, at Markle Park.

Bucked off


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Blake Anson starts his way off the mechanical bull in the children's activities at the Markle Park as part of the Markle Wildcat Fesitval on Saturday afternoon, June 11.

Grouches working at the parade


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The Markle Grouches judge the Markle Wildcat Fesitval Parade on Saturday morning, June 11. Working hard are (from left) grouches Kyle Decot, Brian Clabaugh, Tracy Ripley and Nicolle Helvie and parade master of ceremonies Jeff Humbarger.

Colorful entry


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Members of iAB financial bank come down the parade route as part of the bank's entry at the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, June 11.

Wildcat Festival tunes


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Sean Loomis (left) and David Hurt of the band Drymill Road perform at the Markle Wildcat Festival on Friday evening, June 10, at Markle Park in the main tent.

Answering the question


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Markle Wildcat Festival pageant contestant Markie Price answers a quesiton during the pageant on Friday evening, June 10, at the Makle Park main tent. Price wound up winning the Miss Wildcat title.

Markle grouches


Photo by Steve Clark.

Each year the residents of Markle select four grouches -- a nod to the town's claim of having 1,102 happy poeple and four grouches -- as recognition of their service to the community. Putting on their best grouch faces for the camera Friday night, June 10, right before the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade, are 2016 grouches Nicolle Helvie, Tracy Ripley and Kyle Decot. Grouch Brian Calbaugh is not pictured.

2016 MARKLE WILDCAT FESTIVAL Schedule of events

Friday, June 10

4:00-8:00 p.m.
PORK CHOP DINNER - Markle Fire Station

5:00-10:00 p.m.
FOOD ALLEY - Markle Park

6:30 p.m.
2016 GROUCH ANNOUNCEMENT - Main Tent

7:00-8:00 p.m.
WILDCAT PAGEANT - Main Tent - Sponsored by Markle Area Businesses

8:00-9:30 p.m.
OUTTA THE BLUE Bluegrass band from Gatlinburg, TN - Main Tent

9:30 p.m.
FIREWORKS - Markle Park

106-year-old Wildcat Festival marshal to be there in spirit

Helen Bradburn (left) is the grand marshal for the Markle Wildcat Festival parade on Saturday, June 11. Bradburn will be there only in spirit, with her oldest daughter, Eunice Youkey (right), taking her place at the parade.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Helen Bradburn will be at the Markle Wildcat Festival in spirit, but she’s sending her daughter to do the waving.

“Now, I don’t do too much,” says Bradburn, the 106-year-old grand marshal of Saturday’s Wildcat Festival parade.

Markle fest seeks vendors, paraders

Organizers of the Markle Wildcat Festival are seeking food vendors for the festival as well as parade participants.

The festival will be held June 10 through 12. This year’s theme is “Wild West.”

Applications for both food vendors and parade participants are available online at www.markleindiana.com.

Food vendors will set up at the Markle Park on Friday, June 10, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fireworks will be set off at dusk that evening, but it is not mandatory that food vendors be open during the evening.

Southbend 65 entertains at Wildcat Festival


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Members of the band Southbound 65 perform under the tent at the Markle Park on Saturday evening, Aug. 22, during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Jump, Froggie!


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Ben Lawlor places his frog in the competition area at the Markle Park for the Markle Wildcat Festival Frog Jumping Contest on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event was sponsored by Myers Funeral Home.

Checking their cards


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Molly Schindler (left) and Kayda Newman check their bingo cards during the Bingo event held Saturday, Aug. 22, at Markle Park as part of the Markle Wildcat Festival. The event was hosted by Markle Health and Rehabilitation.

Petting zoo


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Emma Alford pets a rabbit at the Animal Gams petting zoo on Sataurday, Aug. 22, at Markle Park during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Bouncing boy


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Gage Crawford bounces down an inflatable slide on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Markle Park during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Leading the way


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Chloe Amick (left) leads her heat during the pedal co-cart races on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Markle Park as part of the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Big mountain to climb


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Savanah Johnson attempts to scale an inflatable mountain on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Markle Park during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Wildcat Festival Parade


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Wells County 4-H Mounted Color Guard heads down the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade route on Saturday morning, Aug. 22.

Grouches wave to the crowd


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Markle's official grouches for 2015 wave to the crowd from atop a fire turck during the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday, Aug. 22. The grouches, who were announced Friday night, Aug. 21, are (from left) Hal Mason, Carol Hohe, Duane Brumbaugh and Max Murchland. Each year, the town's residents select four grouches -- a nod to the community's claim that it's the "Home of 1,102 Happy People and 4 Grouches" -- in recognition of their service to the community.

Wildcat Festival kicks off Friday eve in Markle

Southbound 65 will play country music under the Markle Wildcat Festival tent on Saturday, Aug. 22, starting at 7 p.m. It’s the second free concert of the three-day festival.
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An action-packed Wildcat Festival kicks off Friday evening, Aug. 21, in Markle.

The three days of festivities will be held mainly at Markle Park and will debut some new thrills, including tethered hot air balloon rides and pedal go cart races.

There are all sizes of go carts, festival chair Tiffany Grant says, giving anyone age 7 through adult the chance to compete for cash prizes.

“I think my grandma’s going to do it, and she’s 88,” Grant says.

Extracation demo


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Markle Fire Department performs at extrication demonstration on a junk car during the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Markle.

Taking a shot


Photo by Steve Clark.

Liz Daniels (right) flings a beanbag during the Markle Wildcat Festival Cornhole Tournament, held Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Markle.

C'mon, froggie!


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ben Lawlor, of Markle, urges his frog to jump during the Wildcat Festival Frog Jumping Contest at Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Wildcat waterball


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Markle Volunteer Fire Department members (from left) Phoebe Harmon, Justine Eberle and Bob Rzasa concentrate on the target during the Wildcat Festival Waterball Contest against a team from Ossian. Children also had a chance to participate in the fun.

Weiner dog races


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Megan Karst (left) and Justin Stanley release their "weiner" dogs in one of Wildcat Festival Weiner Dog Races at Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 23. The inaugural event drew three contestants.

Sand castle construction


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Zach Robbins, of Huntington, works carefully on building sandcastles during the Wildcat Festival Sandcastle Building Contest at the Markle Pool at Markle Park.

Tough task


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Conner Mason, of Markle, works on lining up a Rubik's Cube during the Wildcat Festival Rubik's Cube Contest on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Markle Park.

Balloon fun


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Bubblicious the clown puts together a balloon animal at the Markle Park during the Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23.

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