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Huntington at 175 years will be the theme of Heritage Days 2023, Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. Many activities will take place throughout the celebration. For the complete list, visit The official sponsor is Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, and the colors: navy blue, gold, red. Official buttons commemorating Heritage Days 2023 and Huntington’s incorporation as a city are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 40 E. Franklin Street, Suite 121 for $2. Brochures detailing all events can also be found at the Chamber office and local convenience stores. Events that have been added to the Heritage Days lineup include:  Erie Community Band Concert at Rotary Centennial Park on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Parkview Huntington Hospital and Huntington Sheet Metal will hold a free Ice Cream Social at Rotary Centennial Park on Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. The Junior Achievement (JA) Fourth Annual Duck Race will be held Friday, June 16 at 5:15 p.m. Ducks will enter the river at the Jefferson Street Bridge and travel to a designated finish line. The first three ducks to cross the finish line win cash prices. First prize is $1,000; second, $250; third, $100. Ducks must be purchased in advance and winners do not need to be present to win. Tickets are available from any JA board member serving Huntington County. Facebook message or visit Bippus State Bank, 150 Hauenstein Road, or Community Link FCU, 325 Etna Ave. Ticket/Duck prices: $5, 1 single duck; $20, 5 Duck Pack; $50, 15 Duck Quack Pack. Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will bring a Ranch Horse and pleasure Show at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club, 792 N 200 W. Admission is free to see horses from northeast Indiana in action. Food is available for purchase. Nelson’s Chicken will be available for purchase on Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court Street. The cost is $10 for half of a chicken and pit-tatoes are $4. Presale tickets are available from board members or at the museum. Presale pickup is June 17, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vendors are invited to sell homemade crafts, baked goods or homegrown produce on the lawn of Huntington North High School, in a designated area, on Saturday, June 17. Set up will begin at 12 noon and Huntington County residents will have the first opportunity for booth space. A few food trucks are also welcome. Forms and a vendor fee of $25 will need to be arranged by June 1. Contact Pat Johnson, 224-3557 for more information. Vendors will be exhibiting their items during the Huntington County Disaster Team Car and Truck Show, 3 to 7 p.m.; The Heritage Days Kids Zone, 5 to 8 p.m., Beacon Credit Union Pulling for Riley - Kiddie Tractor Pull, 5 p.m. and the Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, 5 to 10 p.m.; all taking place at the high school during these times. Two new additions to the Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, June 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. will be a paramotor group and the Huntington County Modelers. The paramotors will fly in during the festival entertaining spectators, and the Huntington County Modelers will demonstrate their flying models. Those participating in the art portion of JeFFFest should prepare their canvases and bring them to the Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center (HAEC), 32 E. Franklin Street, or the Amethyst Lotus, 35 W. Market Street, by June 16 during normal business hours. The canvases may also be purchased at these locations. JeFFFest, sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council, will take place Sunday evening, June 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with the art auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Early bird bidding starts on June 14 during gallery hours at the HAEC. The Todd Harrold Trio will provide the musical entertainment sponsored by Jeremy Garner, realtor. Food tickets will be sold in $1 increments to purchase food items.