Special Events & Festivals

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.
Photo provided.

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

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