Special Events & Festivals

Strolling musicians


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lisa (left) and Mark Woolever sing as they stroll through the encampment area at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The festival continues today, Sunday, Sept. 24, through 5 p.m.

Mounted shooting demonstration


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Keturah Hyde, of Huntington, was part of a mounted shooting demonstration at the encampment at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Huntingotn County Fairgrounds. The festival continues today, Sunday, Sept. 24, through 5 p.m.

Llama feeder?


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ella McDaniel, 10, of Huntington, attemps to feed a llama at the  Hoosier Camel Encounter petting zoo at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Seeking a certain keychain


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Merriman family from Wort Wayne -- (from left) Shannon, Jody and Jordan -- look for a special Boy Scout Logo keychain in the Men's Market at the annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 23. The festival continues today until 5 p.m.

Finding a treasure


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Molly Woods (left) and Arren Reust, both of North Manchester, search through a box of old patches they discovered in the antiques area of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Hero defeats villain again as HNHS Masque and Gavel returns to Forks

Jackson Lunsford (center) delivers a newly-discovered treasure that will save the Pureheart family from being tossed out in the cold by a wicked landlord. Rejoicing in the find are (from left) Alexis Keplar, Claire Driscoll, Angus Jones and Kiana Kistler. The scene is from “Polly Pureheart Prevails,” to be presented throughout the weekend during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival this Saturday and Sunday.
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Every year, the evil villain seems certain to be victorious.

And every year, the hero overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to save the day.

It’s a theme that never changes — although the twists and turns from beginning to end take a different route each time.

This weekend, “Polly Pureheart Prevails” as the Huntington North High School Masque and Gavel returns to the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

2017 Pioneer Festival Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 23

10 :00 a.m. Festival opens
Opening firearm salute by 1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812
Musical entertainment by Bob Hart Dulcimers, stage
Sponsored by Sportsmobile North
Melodrama by Masque & Gavel, opera house

10:45 a.m.
Pioneer school house, pioneer village

Well-traveled Munson to be following in the footsteps of early women preachers at festival

Elder Carrie Munson, a traveling preacher who’s been filling in at Huntington’s First Presbyterian Church for the past year, will be following in the footsteps of early women preachers when she delivers the message during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival worship service on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Carrie Munson likes being on the move.

Maybe it’s in her genes.

Her great-great-grandparents immigrated from Germany in the mid-1800s, crossing the country in a Conestoga wagon on their way to homesteading in Nebraska.

“So I kind of have that pioneering spirit,” Munson says.

Munson was born in New York and lived in Illinois and Wisconsin before making her way to Indiana. She now lives near Logansport, but can legitimately claim a large chunk of northern Indiana as her home base.

Demo derby


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association again put on the annual demolition derby at the pull track at Roanoke Park as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Cake auction


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

June Ball holds up a cake that looks like a moon in the sky, baked by Jessica Hartmus, during the Roanoke Fall Festival Cake Auction on Saturday, Sept. 9. Auctioneer Jarron Miller, of Sullivan Auctioneers LLC, calls the bidding. The annual auction is a fund-raiser for the festival.

Silly Safari show


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sarah Cash shows her audience a tortoise and a hare during the Silly Safari show at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9. She later put them down for a race.

Marching Vikes in Roanoke Fall Festival Parade


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes make their way down the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade route on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9.

Floating down the parade route


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The flaot from Dennis Farms heads down the parade route at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9.

Waiting for the parade


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ava Wagner (third from left), 5, waves several American flags while waiting for the start of the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the coner of Second and Main streets in Roanoke. With Ava are (from left) her father, Doug; her sister, Emma; and her mother, Sarah.

NTPA Tractor Pull


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Justin Wise, of Tiffin, OH, heads down the track at Roanoke Park during the NTPA Tractor Pull on Friday night, Sept. 8, at the Roanoke Fall Festival.

Ageless Iron Tractor Parade


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Larry Turner, of Roanoke, drives his 1941 "A" Farmall in the Ageless Iron Tractor Parade at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Friday night, Sept. 8.

2017 Roanoke Fall Festival schedule of events

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

5:00-9:00 P.M.
CARNIVAL DOLLAR NIGHT

6:00 P.M.
FOOD ALLEY OPENS
Roanoke Park

6:00 P.M.
PET PARADE
Park Entrance
Registration required

6:30 P.M.
PIE-EATING CONTEST - Main Tent
Registration limited
Celebrity, Adult, and Youth Competitions
Visit from Icy the Komet’s mascot

‘There’s No Place Like Home’ theme for 64th Fall Festival

Ageless Iron Tractor Club member Sam Elliot lets his dog hitch a ride on his 1964 International tractor as he makes his way down Main Street in Roanoke during last year’s Roanoke Fall Festival tractor parade. This year’s festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 7, to Saturday, Sept. 9.
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At this year’s Roanoke Fall Festival, the bridges leading into Roanoke Park will be golden and the festival’s main tent will be green.

They’re references to the Yellow Brick Road and the Emerald City from “The Wizard of Oz.” The beloved movie inspired the theme of this year’s festival, which is “There’s No Place Like Home.”

The theme aligns with festival spokesman Dave Tucker’s view of the annual event, now in its 64th year.

“It brings families back together again,” he says. “People come from out of town to come back home for the festival.”

Oh yeah


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Evan Wall is in the lead as a camel named Cash gives a ride to Braxton Stouder (center) and Madison Voland on Friday night, Aug. 11, at the Andrews Summer Festival.

Petting zoo


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kaleb Challender and his son, Weston, check out a donkey on Friday night, Aug. 11,  at the Hoosier Camel Encounter petting zoo at the Andrews Summer Festival.

Pony rides


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Hoosier Camel Encounter site was a popular attraction as it provided pony and camel rides and a petting zoo on Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, during the Andrews Summer Festival.

ASF Car Show


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

James (left) and Martha Hunt, of Huntington, returned to Martha Hunt's hometown of Andrews on Friday night, Aug. 11, to check out the Andrews Summer Festival Car Show.

Andrews to trot out festival finery this weekend

Evan Wall (right), of Hoosier Camel Encounter, leads a camel around the ring, giving rides to Alexia Blackstone (front) and Ashlyn Harshbarger during the 2016 Andrews Summer Festival. The camels will return to this year’s festival on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12.
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The community of Andrews will trot out its festival finery for the Andrews Summer Festival this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12.

Over the two days, there will be four bands, two parades, a crew of camels and enough food to satisfy everyone.

Andrews Summer Festival 2017 schedule of events

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

All Day
TOWNWIDE GARAGE SALES
Permit fee waived for festival weekend

3:00 p.m.
CRAFT & FOOD VENDORS OPEN - Jefferson Street

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
ONE ACCORD - Bluegrass, Country & Gospel
Main Stage

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
ANDREWS SUMMER FESTIVAL CAR SHOW
Main & Madison streets

Fairchild, Melchi and Cummins are champions at 4-H bowling project

The results of the 2017 4-H bowling project have been announced.

They are:

Grades 3-5

Madeline Fairchild, champion.

Alivia Hernandez, reserve champion.

Blue ribbons: Eli Conwell, Isaac Conwell, Andrew Crider, Matthew Rittenhouse and Luke Runyan.

Grades 6-8

Joe Melchi, champion.

Eryn Dolby, reserve champion.

Blue ribbons: Joseph Belovich, Ian Crider, Chase Drummond, Grace Fairchild, Lawrence Grove and Kianna Jennings.

Grades 9-12

Johnna Cummins, champion.

Moon earns top award

The results of the 4-H muzzleloader project are:

Seth Moon, champion, advanced.

Participation award, medallion on marble base: Devin Suchcicki.

Four top rifle project

Here are the complete results of the 4-H Rifle project.

They are:

Reese Boxell, champion, beginner.

Luke Runyan, champion, intermediate.

Lucas Trickle, champion, advanced.

Morgan Betterly, most improved.

Participation awards, with medallions on marble base: Colin Betterly, Lillian Brumbaugh, Nicholas Cave, Sabil Davenriner, Madison Houser, Henry Landrigan, John Paul Landrigan, Jeremiah Roser and Brooke Wall.

Hethcote is champion of pistol project

The results of the 4-H pistol project are:

Landon Hethcote, champion, beginner.
Ross Cuttriss, most improved.

Participation award, with medallion on marble base: Keaton Jones.

Clift, Watkins and LaCroix earn top spots in 2017 4-H shotgun competition

The results of the 4-H shotgun project have been announced.

They are:
Brayden Clift, champion, beginner.
Gabe Watkins, champion, advanced.
Freeman LaCroix III, most improved.

Participation awards, with medallions on marble base: Nick Clark, Isaac Eckert, Ronnie Hensley, Landon Hethcote, Phoenix Honeycutt, Jared Johnston, Jackson LeMar, Jack Nelson, Logan Surfus, Justin Weiland and Alex Wesco.

Grove, Alwine, Houser and Crider are archery champs

Here are the complete results of the 4-H archery project:

Lawrence Grove, champion, beginner.

Nathaniel Alwine, most improved beginner.

Madison Houser, champion, intermediate.

Andrew Crider, most improved intermediate.

Kody Moon, champion, advanced.

Gabriel Watkins, most improved advanced.

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