Special Events & Festivals

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.

Watchful teacher


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Pioneer teacher Lucy Klein (standing) keeps an eye on her students Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The students are (from left, in front) Hayley Haynes and Natalie Wilson and Savannah Ocasio (rear).

Lady bugs from acorns


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Vivian Gaerte makes ladybugs out of acorns Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. Gaerte was amusing herself while her mother demonstrated basketweaving in Pioneer Village.

Sharpshooting practice


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the 1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812, practice their shooting skills at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Varsity Singers appear at Pioneer Festival


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers perform a show of Civil War-era songs at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Loading the cannon


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the 1st U.S. Light Artillery, 1812, clean out the cannon and stage military drills during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Sheep shearing


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lisa Truman demonstrates how to shear a sheep the old-fashioned way at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Satuarday, Sept. 26.

Accordion playing


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Accordionist Stanley Nicholson performs in the Pioneer Village at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Gun display

Re-enactor Marlin "Bubba" Pattee discusses his display of guns with Barik Hiple (left) and Paul Ehler (mostly hidden) at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Feeling the fur


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Re-enactor Randy Bellamy (right) shows his furs to brothers (from left) Austin, Hunter and Logan Dunnuck at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Antiques Barn booth


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Antiques dealer Robin Phillips-Lloyd (right) chats with Gene Nichelson at her booth in the Antique Barn at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Company Singers


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Company Singers Rick Henly (left) and Rich McConnell perform Civil War-era songs while strolling the encampment at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26. Jim Kline, not in photo, was also with the group.

Everday chore


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Re-enactor Chris Miller pours wash water into a basin at her encampment during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Announce Fall Festival cake contest winners

Winners have been announced in the cake contest held as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival on Sept. 12.

The contest was sponsored by Parkview Huntington Hospital and Mike Gibson State Farm Insurance.

In the Kids' Division, ages 5-10, Raeann Dobler won first place in the Best Decorated category, while Hannah Nelson was second and Jeremiah Finton was third.

Jerikah Finton was first in the Most Delicious category, while Sarah Dearduff was second.

Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival returns for 34th year

The bluegrass band Deadwood is one of the featured entertainers at this year’s Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, at Hier’s Park.
Photo provided.

The Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, for its 34th year.

The slow-paced event features re-enactors portraying the lives of the area's early inhabitants, including Native Americans, fur traders, military families and others who found the land surrounding the river's forks to their liking.

Pages