Special Events & Festivals

Time for dessert


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Trent Shively (left) and Mason Harman are in line for dessert during a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club prepared and served the dinner, which was followed by bingo.

Jolly Old Christmas Elf ready to make first appearances

Madison Wajer visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus during their visit to Huntington during the 2008 Christmas in the City event. Santa will arrive in Huntington this year on Saturday, Nov. 28.
TAB file photo.

The Christmas season is fast approaching - and with it, Santa Claus.

The jolly old elf will make his appearance in two Huntington County towns this weekend, rolling into Warren on Friday, Nov. 27, and then showing up in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The visit to Warren is part of "Winter WarrenLand," which begins with Santa's arrival at the Warren Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday. He'll officiate at the lighting of the town Christmas tree and downtown lights, then lead the crowd to the Knight-Bergman Center for another lighting ceremony and refreshments.

Thanksgiving helpers


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Don Adkins hands out a packaged Thanksgiving dinner to a waiting delivery crew Saturday, Nov. 21, at Miller's Pub in Andrews. A group of loosely-organized volunteers, calling themselves the Andrews Community Helpers, prepared about 150 Thanksgiving dinners that were delivered to shut-ins and anyone in need in the Andrews area. This is the eighth year for the project. The number of meals prepared and delivered this year almost doubled from last year, when 85 meals were sent out. Nine turkeys, three hams and all the trimmings were prepared for the meals.

Essay winner


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Mike Perkins (right), judge of the "A Day of Remembrance" essay contest, presents a plaque to contest winner Sydni Fife (left), a fifth grade student at Lancaster Elementary at the school on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of the school's Veterans Day celebration. The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 85 in Huntington sponsored the contest, and plans to continue the event next year.

Salamonie veterans' program


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Salamonie School's seventh and eighth grade choirs perform "Letters from War" during their annual Veteran's Day program on Wednesday morning, Nov. 11. The choir is under direction of Mrs. Susan Coolman, pictured right.

Raising the flag


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Senior Vice Commander Michael Smith (left) assists Jerry Walling, Veterans of Foreign Wars chaplain, in raising the flag at a ceremony outside Lancaster Elementary School on Thursday morning, Nov. 12. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 in Huntington sponsored the flag raising in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Kindred spirits


Photo by Scott Trauner.

World War II Army Air Corps veteran Bill Jones (left) talks with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Wil Kline and his childlren after the Veterans Day 2009 Program on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The program was put on by the Huntington County Veterans' Service Office.

Reviewing the program


Photo by Scott Trauner.

World War II Army Air Corps veteran Paul Thompson (left), reviews a photo of the Veterans Day 2009 Program held Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, with his daughter-in-law, Nancy Thompson. The event was put on by the Huntington "Colunty veterans' Servie Office and held at the First Church of the Nazarene.

Accepting his honor


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Roy D. Shideler (left), a World War II Purple Heart recipient, accepts the display-encased medal from Air National Guard Lt. Col David Lombard, the executive officer of the 122nd Fighter Wing, during the Veterans Day 2009 Program on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, at the First Church of hte Nazarene. The program was put on by the Huntington County Veterans' Service Office.

Proud recipient


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Rick Stell flashes a big smile as he receives honors from Air National Guard Lt. Col. David Lombard, executive officer of the 122nd Firghter Wing, during the Veterans Day 2009 Program on Tuesday eveing, Nov. 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The program was put on by the Huntington County Veterans' Service Office.

Stanton honors


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington County Veterans' Service Officer Bruce Stanton speaks during the Veterans Day 2009 Program at the Frist Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10. The service office gave special recognition to veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom, World War II Army Air Corps veterans and World War II Purple Heart recipients.

National anthem


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Mallory Bunting, Miss Huntington 2008-09, sings the national anthem during the Veterans Days 2009 Program put on by the Huntington County Veternas' Service Office at the First Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10.

Honoring veterans


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Heritage Pointe resident Lilly Nutter straightens one of the veteran stars Laura Plummer has placed on a display board in the community's Fahl Dining Room to honor veterans who have eaten in the dining room in the past.

Kleppers earn Arrowhead Award

The Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Arrowhead Award was presented Sunday, Sept. 27, to Cindy Klepper (third from left) and her late husband Denny Klepper for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the festival.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Cindy Klepper and her late husband, Denny, were named winners of the 2009 Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Arrowhead Award on Sunday, Sept. 27, during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

The annual award is given to a person or persons who have made great contributions to the festival over a period of years.

Carving Santa's head


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tom Holzinger carves a Santa Claus head Sunday, Sept. 27, in his tent at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

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