Special Events & Festivals

Admiring the handiwork

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Cherie Shambaugh (left), and Linda Prus, both of Fort Wayne, stop to look at the ceramics for sale, created by Joseph Pelka and displayed in his booth at the Renaissance in Roanoke art fair held Saturday, Oct. 8, on Main Street in Roanoke. A plethora of art, from fine oil paintings to leather, ceramic, wood and fabric goods as well as farmers market fare was offered for sale on several downtown streets.

Fall decorations

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Tammy Dawson, of Fort Wayne, sorts through a pile of gourds at a booth during the Renaissance in Roanoke festival held Saturday, Oct. 8, in downtown Roanoke.

Marketplace of art set for Roanoke this Saturday

Guitarist Joe Justice, seen performing last fall at A Renaissance in Roanoke, returns to this year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 8. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.
TAB file photo.

A marketplace of art will line Roanoke’s Main Street for A Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The art-themed festival will also feature an exhibit of art created by local students, adult artists creating art on the street and food, music and a farmers’ market.

Arrowhead honor

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jennifer Scalf (center) holds the framed 2016 Arrowhead Award, presented by Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival chair Bonita Price (left) and co-chair Rachelle Nightenhelser on Saturday, Sept. 24, honoring Scalf for her many years of service as a chairman and volunteer at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. Scalf become involved with the festival as a child, assisting her mother, who continues to serve on the steering committee. Now, Scalf’s husband and children are also involved in the festival.

Helping out the musicians

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lisa Woolever, one of the strolling musicians in the Old Towne area at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, gets some help on a song from (from left) Ariah Brown, Kennedy Lynem and Promise Fomby, all of Indianapolis.

Photo contest winner

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Denise, Harrell, of Huntington, holds the plaque she received for winning the social environment category of the Pioneer Festival Historical Photo Contest on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Huntington County Historical Society and The Huntington County TAB co-sponsored the contest.

That's entertainment

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Singer Ivory West entertains on the stage at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24. Various entertainers performed throughout the two days of the festival.

The president entertains

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Danny Russel (right) as President Abraham Lincoln, regales the children with some tall tales from his boyhoood at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Fesitval on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Hier's Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Tense scene

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Robert Borland (left), playing Lawyer Slippery, acts out a scene with Kaley Koedel, as Angel Innocent, during the Masque and
Gavel melodrama performed at the Forks of the Wabash PIoneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Hier's Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Pioneer music

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Bob Hart plays the hammered dulcimer on the stage at the Huntington County Fairgrounds during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Pioneer transportation

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Joe Eisenhauer, of Andrews, drives a wagon while Emily Freise rides shotgun at the Forks of the Wabash PIoneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Hier's Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Invite public to pioneer-style worship service

Rev. John Ritchie, pictured in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, will lead a non-denominational worship service on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The public is invited to attend the non-denominational, pioneer-style worship service that will be held as part of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Hier’s Park.

The service will be led by Rev. John Ritchie and the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church, of Huntington. The 50-minute worship service will begin at 9 a.m. at the festival’s “Saloon” and will feature an  old-fashioned sermon by Ritchie and period music and hymns led by Stephanie Shultz. There will be no services at the home church this Sunday.

Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival schedule of activities

Graphic provided

Saturday, September 24

10:00 a.m.
Opening firearm salute by1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812, encampment

10:30 a.m.
Musical entertainment by Bob Hart, stage
Sponsored by Mike’s Car Care Center Inc.
Melodrama by Masque & Gavel, opera house

10:45 a.m.
Pioneer school house, pioneer village

Throwback weekend as Pioneer Festival returns for 41st year

A shot from a three-pounder light artillery cannon announces the opening of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival in 2015. Members of the 1st U.S. Light Artillery of Huntington, Doug Pressler (front) and Ken Bloom (in back mostly hidden), stand by as Jed Vaccaro (right) lights the fuse. The cannon will return to open this year’s festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, at Hier’s Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.
TAB file photo.

It will be a throwback weekend at the 41st annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, as Huntington County’s history and “the way it used to be done” in the early- to mid-1800s takes over Hier’s Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Vintage tractors, bikes at Pioneer Festival to hit streets on Friday prior to main event

The vintage tractors and bicycles on display at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Sept. 24 and 25 will take to the streets during and just prior to the festival.

Fans of the old-time machines are invited to see them in action and, in the case of the tractors, get an up-close look in advance of the festival.

Two antique tractor drives will take place on Friday, Sept. 23. Both start and end at the festival grounds at Hier’s Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

William Brown (left), 16, of Huntington, was hypnotized by "psychological illusionist John Wayes, of Notre Dame, during a performance at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Enjoying the ride

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ziria Schuckman, 2, of Columbia City, enjoys the tanks ride in the carnival section at the Roanoke Park during the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Down the parade route

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The color guard of Roanoke American Legion Post 160 heads down the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade route on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 10.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Yellow Thunder, driven by Ralph Hunt, of Oakwood, OH, makes an atempt to pull the sled in a two-wheel drive class during the NTPA Tractor Pull on Friday night, at the Pull Field at Roanoke Park as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival.

Holding a passenger

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Brandon Juergens, of Roanoke, rides his John Deere 320 down the Ageless Iron Tractor Parade route at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Friday evening, Sept.  9, with his young daughter, Lucy, on his lap.

Roanoke Fall Festival starts tonight, runs through Saturday

A car driven by Zac McGraw, of Portland, T-bones the car driven by Adam Dziabis, of Whitley County, during the 2015 Roanoke Fall Festival Demolition Derby. The event returns this year on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Roanoke Park.
TAB file photo.

Festival-lovers will get a taste of the weekend to come as the first events of the Roanoke Fall Festival get underway tonight, Thursday, Sept. 8.

The carnival opens at 5 p.m. and Food Alley at 6 p.m., with a pet parade, pie-eating contest and a show by Hubie Ashcraft rounding out the evening.

The festival continues Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10, with music by The Bulldogs on Friday night and Press the Glass on Saturday — both at 8:30 p.m.

Roanoke Fall Festival 2016 schedule of events

All located at Roanoke Park

Adult & Kid Carnival Rides and Games

Ageless Iron of Roanoke

Wonderful Festival Food from a Variety of Vendors


Buyers reward rabbit project youth with more than $38,000

This year’s rabbit auction on Thursday, July 28, saw 140 rabbits cross the block, going for $38,600. The average price was $276.

The highest sale was had by Aidan Raab, whose rabbit went for $1,000.

Results of the 2016 4-H rabbit auction include the 4-H member’s name, premium price and buyer.

Individual sales were:

Lizzie Colclesser, reserve meat pen, $625, Johnson Petroleum Inc. and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance – Adam Stroup.

Grace Bradford, champion stewer, $300, Helena Chemical – Markle.

Zachary Tolen, reserve stewer, $225, Bolinger Propane.

'Hooping' at Zanesville Homespun Day

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Brooklyn Holley, of Fort Wayne, competes in a hula hoop contest at the Zanesville Homespun Day Car Show Saturday morning, Aug. 20, in the Zanesville United Methodist Church parking lot.

Parade marshal does his thing

State Sen. Travis Holdman, the honorary marshal of the Zanesville Homespun Day Parade, rides down the parade route on Saturday morning, Aug. 20.

Keeping it clean

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Jim Bell, of Fort Wayne, does some cleaning on his 1966 Rambler Rogue at the Zanesville Homespun Day Car Show on Saturday morning, Aug. 20.

Zanesville ready to put best foot forward with 34th Homespun Day

Erin Randol, playing for the Zanesville Redskins, connects during her turn at bat in last year’s day-long  softball tournament at the Zanesville Homespun Day. The tourney returns to this year’s activities lineup.
TAB file photo.

The town of Zanesville will be all gussied up this weekend as it puts its best foot forward during the 34th annual Homespun Day.

The event runs Saturday, Aug. 20, with several events that are family-friendly, from a bike rodeo to horse-drawn wagon rides.

Cutie of a queen

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Autumn Toth, 2, of Andrews, is the 2016 Andrews Cutie Queen. She is held by her mother, Tasha Geyer, who holds the trophy she received. Autumn was chosen queen Friday, Aug. 12 in the contest held during the Andrews Summer Festival.

King of the cuties

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Keaton Sadler, 3 months, wears a very large crown after he was chosen the 2016 Andrews Cutie King on Friday, Aug. 12. He is held by his mother, Olivia Jeffrey, of Andrews. He won the crown, a trophy and bag full of goodies.

Zanesville Homespun Day 2016 schedule of events

Saturday, August 20, 2016 • ZANESVILLE, INDIANA

7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
at the concession stand at
Zanesville United Methodist Church

All Day
Zanesville Ball Park
Concession stand open all day.

Zanesville Ball Park
Sponsored by Leo Lions Club