Special Events & Festivals

Meeting the Big Man

Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus greets a pair of admirers before the lighting of the Christmas lights at Rotary Park in downtown Huntington on Friday evening, Nov. 24. Following the lighting, children and parents participated in a glow parade down to the LaFontaine Center to meet with Santa.

I want a chainsaw ...

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three-year-old Malcolm Voght (right) tells Santa Claus he wants a chainsaw for Christmas so he can cut wood with his grandfather during the Winter Warrenland activity at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren on Friday night, Nov. 24. After arriving in town on a fire truck and greeting admirers, Santa lit the town Christmas tree and then heard wishes at the KBC.

A little help here, please

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Parker Stroud (left) gets some help from his grandmother, Marcia Stroud (second left), as he selects a cookie from a refreshment table tended by Joan Boyer (third from left) and Deb Baker on Friday night, Nov. 24, at the Winter Warrenland activity at the Knight Bergman Center.

Please, Santa

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Leland Heath (right) talks to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Knight Bergman Center on Friday evening, Nov. 24, during Winter Warrenland. Santa arrived downtown by fire truck, lit the town Christmas tree and then heard Christmas wishes while hot drinks and cookies were served inside the KBC.

Santa arrives in Warren

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Santa and Mrs. Claus greet the crowd gathered to meet them in downtown Warren as the pair arrive Friday evening, Nov. 24 by fire truck for Winter Warrenland. After greeting admirers and using Christmas magic to light the town Christmas tree, the pair headed to the Knight Bergman Center to hear Christmas wishes.

Santa Claus to make first official stop in Huntington County Friday in Warren

Santa Claus, shown here on his arrival in Warren last year, will arrive in the town Friday evening, Nov. 24, and kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.
TAB file photo.

The community of Warren will welcome Santa Claus on Friday, Nov. 24, and kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.

Santa, riding in a horse-drawn wagon escorted by the Warren Volunteer Fire Department, is set to arrive on Friday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m.

His first stop will be outside the Warren Town Hall at 132 N. Wayne St., where he’ll spend a few minutes greeting the people who have come out to meet him. After overseeing the lighting of the tree, he’ll lead the crowd down 2nd Street to the Knight Bergman Center at 132 N. Nancy St.

Putting together Thanksgiving in Andrews

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Rachelle Slater (left) and Ann Rethlake help get food packaged up as part of the Andrews Community Helpers Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Unloading trees

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Boy Scout Jordan Rockey unloads a Christmas tree from the back of a semi in the rain at the Lions grounds on West Park Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Lions annually sell Christmas trees as a fund-raiser.

Checking out the trees

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Admiring a Christmas tree decorated by Citizens Telephone at the Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees in downtown Warren on Friday, Nov. 17, are (from left) Valerie Woodmansee, of Converse; Sandy McCoy, of LaFontaine; and Cheryl Pike, of Kokomo.

A scritch for the donkey

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lincoln Stivers pets a donkey at a petting zoo sponsored by T.D. Wall Inc. at the Warren Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees on Friday night, Nov. 17, in downtown Warren.

Soup for the Arts

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Marcella Winters (left), of the Warren Creative Arts Outreach, dishes some soup to Jim Sparks, of Rock Creek Township, during Soup for the Arts, a fund-raiser for the group at the Knight Bergman Center as a part of the Warren Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees on Friday night, Nov. 17.

Commemorating Parker

Photo by Steve Clark.

Rachel Zahm (left) and Emily Goedesky unveil a statue of their father, Thomas Aquinas Parker, at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park during the Huntington Veterans Day Program on Saturday, Nov. 11. Parker was a Navy corpsman from Huntington County who died in the Vietnam War. His body was never recovered. The $70,000 statue was funded through gifts and in-kind donations.

Christmas season arrives in Warren with Fest of Trees, Walk

The Christmas season arrives in Warren Friday evening, Nov. 17, with the community’s traditional Festival of Trees and Holiday Walk.
This year, the event has expanded to include a soup supper and gingerbread house contest, both sponsored by the newly-organized Warren Creative Arts Outreach.

Thirty-three trees, decorated by businesses, organizations and individuals, will be on display throughout the downtown Warren area from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite trees, and Miss Warren 2017 Sarah Jones will select one tree to receive the Queen’s Choice award.

Morning treats

Photo by Scott Trauner.

United States Marine Corps veteran Richard “Gomer” Endsley (left) accepts a cup of coffee and a doughnut from Leanne Runyan, admissions and marketing director at Miller’s Merry Manor, Friday morning, Nov. 10, at the nursing home. Miller’s handed out free coffee and doughnuts, and offered drive-through service, to veterans in honor of Veterans Day. Richardson, who spent 22 months including his 19th and 20th birthdays in Vietnam, was looking forward to riding in a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter during the community Veterans Day celebration the following day.

Honoring veterans in song

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Riverview Middle School Choir performs during the school’s Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 10. The students honored the veterans with music by both the choir and the band, and individual students spoke to their peers about members of their families who have served their country.