Special Events & Festivals

Putting the best foot forward

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Gerald Eckert (left) and Jane Garrison, both of Huntington, step out on the dance floor to the music of The Bulldogs at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday night, Sept. 8.

Forty-one ducks win prizes at Roanoke Fall Festival Duck Race

Roanoke Lions Club members (from left) Leah Viacara, Jim Vachon and Lynn Nicholson keep the ducks moving down the creek at the Roanoke Park during the Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Run on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Roanoke Lions Club has announced the winners of the Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Race.

A total of 41 ducks won prizes.

Steve Mertz won first place, winning the $200 grand prize. Jenny Gross was second, winning a $199 detail from O’Daniel Mazda, and Vicky Eisenhut was third, receiving a $45 certificate to Hollywood Designs Hair Products.

2018 Roanoke Fall Festival schedule of events


FOOD ALLEY: Classic fair food from a variety of vendors

CRAFT ALLEY: Explore the crafty corners of local communities and hear from non-profits from the area

COLORING CONTEST/VOTING: Bring life to your coloring page Thursday night, then collect the most votes by Saturday! Age Group: K-2nd

Youth a major focus as Roanoke celebrates its 65th Fall Festival

Tryce Culver peeks at the crowd as he devours a miniature pie during the pie eating contest at the Roanoke Fall Festival last year. The popular contest will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.
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It will (nearly) be all about the kids at the 65th Roanoke Fall Festival when it gets under way Sept. 6 through Sept. 8. Roanoke Elementary School students were quizzed on what the theme should be, and the winner came up with a sports theme for the weekend.

Festival President Dee Simmers says the organizers wanted to bring back some of the most popular events from past years and make the festival more kid-friendly, starting Thursday night, Sept. 6, with Family Night.

Roanoke Fall Festival features pet parade, contest at town park Sept. 6

The 2018 Roanoke Fall Festival Pet Parade will take place Thursday, Sept. 6, at Roanoke Park. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 7 p.m.

The event is hosted by The Dog House Grooming Salon & Spa.

Contestants will be judged and awarded first, second and third-place prizes on the most creative, owner and pet lookalike, best dressed and best combo categories.

Registration is free. One pet per entry form will be accepted and every pet must be leashed, crated or securely restrained.

Music at the festival

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Steele Rail Band entertains at the Andrews Summer Festival on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11.

Help from Grandpa

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Lanie Foster, 7, gets help from her grandfather, Rick Christman, as she enjoys a pony ride at the Hoosier Camel Encounter booth at the Andrews Summer Festival on Saturday morning, Aug. 11.

His best day

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Young Nyles Smith wraps up Mickey Mouse in his biggest hug during the Andrews Summer Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 11.

Strike up the bad

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Riverview Middle School marching band makes its way down the Anderws Summer Festival Parade route on Saturday morning, Aug. 11.

ASF Parade grand marshal

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Chuck Kuschel, grand marshall of the 2018 Andrews Summer Festival Parade, waves to the crowd while heading down the ASF Parade route on Sataurday, Aug. 11.

Andrews Summer Festival 2018 schedule of events


All Day
Permit fee waived for Festival weekend

6:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.
Jefferson Street

3:00 p.m.
Open to all ages, singing and dancing fun!
Main Stage

Next up - Andrews Summer Festival this weekend

The band BackWater, shown here performing at last year’s Andrews Summer Festival, will be back for this year’s festival as well, playing Saturday night on the main stage.
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Some new events are on tap and some popular attractions will return to the upcoming Andrews Summer Festival, which takes place Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. But Festival Chair Julie Newsome says one of the biggest draws to this year’s festivities will be the music, featuring four bands.

“We’re ready for it,” she says. “We’re hoping we have good weather and no rain – we don’t want any storms. And hopefully everybody will come out and enjoy all of our year’s worth of hard work.”

Announce small grains project champion

Here are the complete results of the 2018 Huntington County 4-H Fair small grains project:

Tyler Kline, champion.
Sabil Davenriner, reserve champion.
Ethan Stephan, blue ribbon.

Judges name winners in open class exhibits

The results of the 4-H open class adult exhibits have been announced.

They are:

Black and White
Blue ribbons: Jeanne Hastings, best of show, with honors; Ed Beckner, with honors; Janell Brubaker, with honors; Cara Conwell, with honors; Tina Reed, with honors; Jeff Barlow, Lacey DeHaven, Sheila Hines, Tim Ivey, Mary Sieberns and Kathy Zeissig.

Foundation scholarship

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Leigh Ann Trickle (left) receives the Indiana 4-H Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $500 from 4-H Youth Development Educator Rae Ann O’Neill on Wednesday, July 25. Trickle received the scholarship during the 4-H awards and scholarship program held at the Huntington County 4-H Fair.