Special Events & Festivals

Bulldogs perform at festival


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Fort Wayne band The Bulldogs perform under the main tent at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Clogging at the festival


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Members of the Wildcat Valley Cloggers, of Kokomo, perform under the main tent at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Friday night, Sept. 7.

Gettin her order placed


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Kynslee Corson (third from left) makes sure Kathleen Wisel of St. Joseph’s Church hears her order at the food booth during the Roanoke Fall Festival on Friday evening, Sept. 7. With the youngster are her parents (from left) Drew and Jenna Corson, and her sister, Makayla (not shown in the baby carriage.)

Pet parade introduces new friends


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Erika Wilkinson (left) holds her English mastiff, “Olive,” as she introduces the dog to “Watson,” a Chihuahua-dachshund mix owned by Frank Van Ness (right) prior to the start of the Roanoke Fall Festival Pet Parade Thursday, Sept. 6, in Roanoke Park. Looking on are Lesa and Bob Scott (second and third from left). All are from Roanoke.

‘Abraham Lincoln’ returning to Pioneer Festival to entertain youth

Danny Russel, in character as Abraham Lincoln, brings the 16th president of the United States to life during the 2017 Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. Russel will return to this year’s festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.
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Abraham Lincoln will return to the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival this year to entertain the youngsters, who can also create scarecrows to display at the festival and show their pioneer spirit by participating in a children’s parade.

Ducks are released for the run

Roanoke Lions Club members dump plastic ducks into the creek at the Roanoke Park to start the Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Run on Saturday, afternoon, Sept. 8.

Putting the best foot forward


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Gerald Eckert (left) and Jane Garrison, both of Huntington, step out on the dance floor to the music of The Bulldogs at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday night, Sept. 8.

Forty-one ducks win prizes at Roanoke Fall Festival Duck Race

Roanoke Lions Club members (from left) Leah Viacara, Jim Vachon and Lynn Nicholson keep the ducks moving down the creek at the Roanoke Park during the Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Run on Saturday, Sept. 8.
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The Roanoke Lions Club has announced the winners of the Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Race.

A total of 41 ducks won prizes.

Steve Mertz won first place, winning the $200 grand prize. Jenny Gross was second, winning a $199 detail from O’Daniel Mazda, and Vicky Eisenhut was third, receiving a $45 certificate to Hollywood Designs Hair Products.

2018 Roanoke Fall Festival schedule of events

CONTINUOUS THROUGHOUT ENTIRE FESTIVAL

FOOD ALLEY: Classic fair food from a variety of vendors

CRAFT ALLEY: Explore the crafty corners of local communities and hear from non-profits from the area

COLORING CONTEST/VOTING: Bring life to your coloring page Thursday night, then collect the most votes by Saturday! Age Group: K-2nd

Youth a major focus as Roanoke celebrates its 65th Fall Festival

Tryce Culver peeks at the crowd as he devours a miniature pie during the pie eating contest at the Roanoke Fall Festival last year. The popular contest will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.
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It will (nearly) be all about the kids at the 65th Roanoke Fall Festival when it gets under way Sept. 6 through Sept. 8. Roanoke Elementary School students were quizzed on what the theme should be, and the winner came up with a sports theme for the weekend.

Festival President Dee Simmers says the organizers wanted to bring back some of the most popular events from past years and make the festival more kid-friendly, starting Thursday night, Sept. 6, with Family Night.

Roanoke Fall Festival features pet parade, contest at town park Sept. 6

The 2018 Roanoke Fall Festival Pet Parade will take place Thursday, Sept. 6, at Roanoke Park. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 7 p.m.

The event is hosted by The Dog House Grooming Salon & Spa.

Contestants will be judged and awarded first, second and third-place prizes on the most creative, owner and pet lookalike, best dressed and best combo categories.

Registration is free. One pet per entry form will be accepted and every pet must be leashed, crated or securely restrained.

Music at the festival


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The Steele Rail Band entertains at the Andrews Summer Festival on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11.

Help from Grandpa


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Lanie Foster, 7, gets help from her grandfather, Rick Christman, as she enjoys a pony ride at the Hoosier Camel Encounter booth at the Andrews Summer Festival on Saturday morning, Aug. 11.

His best day


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Young Nyles Smith wraps up Mickey Mouse in his biggest hug during the Andrews Summer Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 11.

Strike up the bad


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The Riverview Middle School marching band makes its way down the Anderws Summer Festival Parade route on Saturday morning, Aug. 11.

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