The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is beginning its search for the people who will help shape this summer's Heritage Days celebration in Huntington.
Although the festival is more than two months away - the official dates are June 19-23 - participants are being sought for events including The Marketplace and the bed race.
Anyone thinking about competing in the bed race on June 22 is invited to get a head start by attending a bed building workshop on Thursday, May 23, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Hauenstein Road, in Huntington. The workshop begins at 6 p.m.
Workshop leaders will offer help in building bed frames, with the ReStore supplying the 2-by-4 lumber at no charge. Participants will add their own wheels and headboards.
All ages may take part in the bed race, but those younger than 15 must be on a team that includes a parent or older sibling. All participants must wear good running shoes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers.
Dan Juergens, of Juergens Do-It Center and a member of the Heritage Days steering committee, is the bed race organizer.
Entry forms for the bed race, The Marketplace and the festival parade are available at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce office, 305 Warren St., Huntington, or online at www.huntingtoncounty  chamber.com.
Businesses are encouraged to begin thinking of ideas for the Heritage Days window decorating contest.
Contest coordinator Phyllis Renz says entry forms will be available soon, and interested businesses can obtain more information by calling her at the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau, 359-8687. The winner will receive a cash prize.
The 2013 Heritage Days theme is "Steamin' Into Huntington," celebrating the history of the railroad and its influence on the development of Huntington County.
This year's festival sponsor is dormhole.net.