Special Events & Festivals

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.

A memento of service


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Julie Priest-Young (right), social services director at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, hands a scrolled certificate to resident Dwight Hinds to commemorate his service in the United States Army Infantry, as activities director Kay Ray (left) looks on. Hinds was stationed in Omaha Beach. Eight veterans were recognized during the program, which included a color guard ceremony, flag retirement ceremony and remarks by Mayor Brooks Fetters and State Sen. Andy Zay.

Monument unveiled


Photo by Steve Clark.

Gary Minton (right), grand marshal of the Huntington Veterans Day Parade, and Ray Eckert unveil a monument dedicated to Vietnam War veterans during a Veterans Day program at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11. The monument accompanies a statue of Thomas Aquinas Parker, a Navy corpsman from Huntington County who died in the Vietnam War and whose body was never recovered.

Vietnam plaque revealed


Photo by Steve Clark.

Gary Minton (left), grand marshal of the Huntington Veterans Day Parade, and Richard “Gomer” Endsley (right) unveil a plaque commemorating Huntington County’s Vietnam War fatalities during a Veterans Day program at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11. Watching the unveiling are Vietnam War veterans and family members.

Korean plaque revealed


Photo by Steve Clark.

Leslie Ackermann and Mel Ring (third and fourth from left, respectively) remove the cover from a new plaque commemorating Huntington County’s Korean War fatalities during the Huntington Veterans Day Program at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11. Watching the unveiling are (first from left) Marilyn Hayes, whose uncle, Carl McVoy, was listed on the plaque; (second from left) Tim Eckert, Huntington County veterans service officer; and Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.

Breakfast for the veterans


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jamie Groves (left) dishes up a plate of food for veteran Brian Reeder during a breakfast on Friday, Nov. 10, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, in Huntington. Sheriff Terry Stoffel coordinated the annual breakfast, which was prepared and served by members of his staff, Indiana State Police and other law enforcement officers. The officers also handed out T-shirts to the hundreds of veterans in attendance.

Service to veterans


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Leona Van Meter (left), of Peabody Retirement Community, in North Manchester, explains services available to United States Army Reserve veteran Rex Plasterer, of Roanoke, during the Veterans Expo held Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Huntington National Guard Armory. A total of 28 vendors, including military organizations, elected representatives and the YMCA were on hand to offer special services and discounts to the veterans in attendance.

Veteran speak


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

United States Army veteran Jim Shoustal (left) chats with Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Tim Eckert at the Veterans Expo Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the National Guard Armory in Huntington. It is the second year for the event, which seeks to connect veterans with services such as VA health care enrollment, obtaining military records and employment.

Salute to veterans


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students of Flint Springs Elementary School sing a patriotic song as part of an all-school salute to veterans on Friday, Nov. 10, in the school gymnasium. The program was presented to a standing room only crowd of parents, grandparents and others, many of whom served in the armed forces.

History of 'Taps'


Photo by Steve Clark.

Thomas Aquinas Parker reads the history of “Taps,” the bugle call that is played during military funerals, during the Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony at Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11. Parker is the grandson of Thomas Parker, a Navy corpsman who died in the Vietnam War. A bronze statue commemorating the fallen Parker, whose body was never recovered, was unveiled during the ceremony.

Huey fllight


Photo by Steve Clark.

An American Huey 369 that was flown in the Vietnam War passes over Memorial Park during the Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day fly-over


Photo by Steve Clark.

A pair of fighter planes fly over Memorial Park during the Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day Parade


Photo by Steve Clark.

Walkers in the Huntington Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, hold up pictures of local servicemen who lost their lives in combat.

Local Veterans Day program to feature Vietnam War dead monument

A Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Park’s Veterans’ Memorial in Huntington will include the dedication of plaques honoring Huntington County men who died in Korea and Vietnam, as well as the unveiling and dedication of a monument to the Vietnam War dead.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, following a parade down Huntington’s main street.

The parade will leave Huntington North High School at 10 a.m. and travel east on MacGahan Street, south on North Jefferson Street and west on West Park Drive to Memorial Park.

Appreciation of service


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Army AGR SSG Jeremiah Stoffel (left), of Huntington, and his family (from left) Garrett Stoffel, 10, wife Danielle Stoffel and Kyler Stoffel, 7, enjoy the program presented by the students and staff of Lancaster Elementary School during the veterans appreciation breakfast held Wednesday, Nov. 8. Garrett and Kyler are both students at the school, while their mother is on staff as a paraprofessional. Attendees heard patriotic songs from the Lancaster choir and witnessed the changing of the American Flag at the school’s flagpole.

Fair day for veterans


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Linda Carroll (left), of Huntington, and her husband, Roger Carroll, an Air Force veteran, chat with Maureen Flynn, herself a retired Marine Corps veteran, about opportunities available with Habitat for Humanity and ReStore. The organization was one of 28 vendors at the second Veterans Expo held Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the National Guard Armory in Huntington.

Sheriff’s dept., ISP to feed vets Friday morning

Area veterans can get a free breakfast on Friday, Nov. 10, courtesy of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department with help from the Indiana State Police.

The breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, 220 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

“We’ll be serving a full breakfast, at no charge,” says Sheriff Terry Stoffel, who has organized the breakfast for several years.

Parade, memorial to be unveiled on Vets Day

An American Huey that was flown in the Vietnam War will be in Huntington during Veterans Day events on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Photo provided.

A Veterans’ Day parade and ceremony in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 11, will include the unveiling of the Vietnam Monument and a visit by an American Huey that was flown during the Vietnam War.

The American Huey was refurbished by John Walker, Walker’s brother and other volunteers at the American Huey 369 museum in Peru. The Huey will arrive at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Huntington North High School prior to the start of the Veterans Day parade.

Veterans will discuss their service during HU Foundation breakfast

Dr. Mike Rowley
Photo provided.

Dr. Mike Rowley, Huntington University professor of communications and an Army veteran, will moderate a panel discussion with HU students who are active military and veterans during the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Nov. 8.

The panelists share their experiences serving the United States.

Rowley served 10 years in the Army Reserves and, after serving a short term as an enlisted soldier, completed his bachelor’s degree while participating in the R.O.T.C. program. He graduated as a commissioned officer in the Army.

'Plein air' painting


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Dennis Albertson, of Hamilton, does some "Plein Air" painting at the annual Renaissance in Roaonke on Saturday, Oct. 14, in downtown Roanoke. The event featured "Plein Air" competitions, music, entertainment, food and children's activities.

Checking out the jewelry


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Tammy Jordan (left), of Fort Wayne, and Amy Neher, of Roanoke, look over some crafted jewelry at aooth at the Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 14. The annual event featured a juried outdoor art marketplace and fair on Main Street.

Rhythm guy


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Larry Ford, one-half of the Dumpster Drummers, performs at the Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 14. The Dumpster Drummers showed the audience that music can be made on objects like coffee cans and trash barrels.

Artists, artisans to have their day at Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday

Rebecca Justice-Schaab, of Waterloo, was one of several plein air artists who painted on the street during the 2016 Renaissance in Roanoke art fair. The plein air artists, along with booths by artists and artisans, food, entertainment and children’s activities, return this year on Saturday, Oct. 14.
TAB file photo.

Artists and artisans will line the streets of Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 14, during the Renaissance in Roanoke.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The juried and fine art show, sponsored by the Roanoke Arts Council, also features artists engaged in the act of creation, buskers, entertainment, food and activities for the kids.

Award-winning photographers


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The winners of the 2017 Historic Photo Contest, Bryan Ballinger (second from left) and Jeanne Hastings (third from left), receive their awards Saturday, Sept. 23, during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. Ballinger won first place in the physical environment category, and took both first and second places in the social environment category. Hastings won second place in the physical environment category.

Huntington Optimist Club earns Pioneer Festival committee accolade

Members of the Huntington Optimist Club accept the 2017 Arrowhead Award Saturday, Sept. 23, from the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Committee during a ceremony held at the festival. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Rachelle Nightenhelser, festival co-chair; Optimist Club members Midge Decker, Jamie Groves, Paula Whiting and Jim Wilson; and Bonita Price, festival co-chair.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Arrowhead Award, presented by the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival committee to someone who has demonstrated its dedication to the community and faithfulness to the annual festival, was given this year to not just one person, but to the 50 or more people who make up the Huntington Optimist Club.

The award was presented to four members representing the club in a ceremony at the Pioneer Festival Saturday, Sept. 23.

Ballinger dominates in History in the Making Photo Contest

Bryan Ballinger’s photo of a flooded field surrounding a rural Huntington home in 2015 won first place in the physical environment category of the History in the Making Photo Contest, which was a part of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The winners were announced Saturday, Sept. 23.
Photo by Bryan Balllinger.

Bryan Ballinger earned three of the four awards in the 2017 History in the Making Photo Contest, with Jeanne Hastings claiming the fourth award.

The contest, held in conjunction with the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, was sponsored by the Huntington County Historical Museum and the Huntington County TAB. Photographers could enter pictures taken over the past five years and depicting people and places in Huntington County.

Social environment winner


Photo by Bryan Balllinger.

Bryan Ballinger’s photo of Betsy Ballinger walking down Salamonie Road took first place in the social environment category of the History in the Making Photo Contest, which was a part of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. Winners were announced this past Saturday, Sept. 23.

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