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Special Events & Festivals

Demo derby action

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Action from the Salamonie Summer Festival Demoliton Derby on Saturday, July 5, included a business class, where cars sponsored by Warren businesses and organizations and driven by business owners and employees entered the ring and "bashed" each other.

For Holmes, community involvement is a family heritage

Mary Emma Holmes (right), the 2009 Samuel L. Jones Pioneer Award winner, wipes away a tear as 2008 winner Joyce Sorg (left) reads a tribute to Holmes during the award breakfast Thursday, July 2, at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mary Emma Holmes, the newest Samuel L. Jones Pioneer Award winner, says she got it from her mother.

"She was very civic-minded," Holmes said as she accepted her award during a breakfast Thursday, July 2, at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren. "Mother's ability to be civic-minded has worn off on her family."

The family included a brother, who was selected for a similar honor in his adopted home-town of Plainfield, IL, she says, but died before it could be presented - prompting Holmes to joke that she was glad she was still alive to receive hers.

Mason is Flint Springs Tribe's newest chief

Steve Mason (left) the 2009 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, accepts his plaque from last year's Chief, Ryan Warner, on Thursday, June 25, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Four years ago, the impact of one man's decision ripped a hole through the carefully woven fabric of Steve Mason's life.

A hole that can never be repaired.

Mason made no attempt to repair it; instead, he set out to do what he could to keep other families safely wrapped in their cocoons.

To keep them from receiving the heart-stopping call: "There's been an accident. Your son is not expected to live."

Since then, Mason has reached more than 20,000 young people, showing them how many lives are affected by a decision to drink and drive.

2009 Little Miss Heritage Days

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The 2009 Little Miss Heritage Days was crowned on Wednesday, June 24, at the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University. Pictured is the Little Miss Court (from left) Arianna Betterly, third runner-up; Raegan Killigrew, fourth runner-up; Little Miss Heritage Days Chloe Clark; Ariana Holzinger, second runner-up; and Miranda Lippe, fifth runner-up.

2009 Junior Miss Heritage Days

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The 2009 Junior Miss Heritage Days was crowned Wednesday, June 24, at the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University. Pictured is the Junior Miss Court (from left) Cassandra Carmichael, third runner-up; Stephanie McElhaney, second runner-up; Junior Miss Heritage Days Jasmine McGaughey; Mackenzie Faurote, first runner-up; Annalicia Herrera, fifth runner-up; and Alyssa Vought, fourth runner-up.

Huntington County's 4-H Fair royalty to be crowned on July 17

Seven young women will vie for the right to reign over this year's Huntington County 4-H Fair.

The royalty title will be awarded on Friday, July 17, the first official day of the fair.

Preliminary 4-H Fair activities get under way this weekend, though, with the 4-H Dog Show set for Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, with the Tractor Operators' Contest also scheduled for Sunday, July 12.

Craft chat

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Craft vendors Rose Broyles (left) and Marsha Jones chat Saturday, July 4, during the craft show held as part of the Salamonie Summer Festival antique tractor show in Warren.

Chowing down

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Siblings (from left) Ethon, Mekynzi and Kailie Beck share an elephant ear while waiting along Warren's Wayne Street on Friday, July 3, for the start of the Salamonie Summer Festival parade.

Salamonie Summer Festival takes center stage July 2-5

The 2009 Salamonie Summer Festival will be held on July 2 through 5, in Warren.

To kick off the event, the annual Samuel L. Jones Pioneer Breakfast will be held at the Knight Bergman Center Thursday, July 2, at 7:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the Warren Chamber of Commerce.

Also on Thursday, a number of activities will take place at Tower Park.

The food court will be open from 5 to 11 p.m.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Warren Sportsman Club will host an open house, which will include free fishing games for children.

Alford, Huff and Leas to reign over Salamonie Summer Festival

Delaney Huff, Sara Alford and Elley Leas (from left) were crowned Junior Miss, Salamonie Summer Festival Queen and Princess, respectively, during competition on Sunday, June 28. The contest was held at Warren Church of Christ.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Elley Leas, Delaney Huff and Sara Alford were crowned Salamonie Summer Festival Princess, Junior Miss and Queen, respectively, during a pageant held Sunday, June 28, at the Warren Church of Christ.

Leas is the daughter of Mick and Shonna Leas. She was also named Most Photogenic.

Her sponsor was Hagerman Construction.

First runner-up was Hailey Rose Alford, daughter of Sarah Scheiber and Richard Alford.

Alford's sponsor was Salamonie Mills.

A home run

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington’s rich baseball history at all levels was represented on the Parkview Hospital float during the Heritage Days parade on Saturday, June 27.

A welcome to tourists

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Mayor Steve Updike serves the first piece of cake to Sheriff Kent Farthing Friday, June 26, at the Huntington Visitor and Convention Bureau. The ceremony celebrated the opening of this year’s tourism season. The public is invited to stop by the bureau to pick up free Huntington County and Indiana travel information.