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2023 Heritage Days to mark Huntington’s 175th anniversary

A hot air balloon is filled during the 2022 Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival.
A hot air balloon is filled during the 2022 Heritage Days Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Tab file photo

Heritage Days will kick off on Wednesday and continue through Sunday, June 18. The festival, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, has a two-part celebration for the City of Huntington – the demisemispetcentennial. That means it is celebrating both the city’s 175th and 150th anniversaries. Huntington was incorporated as a town in February 1848 (175 years ago) and reached city status in September 1873 (150 years ago). The celebration begins on Wednesday, June 14, with the Little Miss Heritage Days and the Junior Miss Heritage Days pageants. The pageants begin at 7 p.m. at Crestview Middle School. There is an admission charge. Also on Wednesday, the midway carnival will open for a five-day run. Poor Jack Amusements Co. will be located on Cherry and adjacent streets. Hours are from 5-10 p.m. June 14 and June 15. Hours will expand on June 16 and June 17 (4-11 p.m. and noon to 11 p.m., respectively). The carnival also will be open from noon to 5 p.m. June 18. On Thursday morning, the 54th annual Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. at the Historic Forks of the Wabash. During the event, the new Chief of Flint Springs Tribe will be named. One of the highlight of the festival will be the 59th annual parade on Saturday, June 17. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. and has a theme “Huntington at 175 years.” It will kick off from Huntington North High School along MacGahan Street to Jefferson Street. It will travel on Jefferson through downtown Huntington to State Street. Later on Saturday, the Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place at Huntington North High School. The balloon fest will last from 5 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. A balloon glow will take place at dusk. The high school will be a busy place Saturday evening, for in addition to the balloon fest, the Huntington County Disaster Team Car and Truck Show will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The Heritage Days Kids Zone will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the school. A variety of activities for the kids will be available, sponsored by Novae Corporation. Other events through the five-day festival are: The Rotary Club Strawberry Feed, 5-7 p.m. June 15 at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The Erie Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. June 15 at Rotary Centennial Park. The Peacemakers Quilt Club will have a quilt show June 16-18 at the Huntington County Historical Museum. The show is form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16-17 and noon to 4 p.m. June 18. The Heritage Days Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will take place from 5-9 p.m. June 16 in downtown Huntington. The event is sponsored by MetroNet. The festival will conclude on Sunday during JeFFFest. The event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Franklin Street in front of the Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center on Franklin Street. The Todd Harrold Trio will perform during the event, which also will feature food and more.