Special Events & Festivals

Waterball


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Youths take their turn at Waterball during the Salamonie Summer Festival on Sunday, July 4.

Roanoke Patriotic Pops Concert


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, under the direction of Conductor Bradley Thachuk, performs Saturday evening, July 3, at the annual Roanoke Patriotic Pops Concert.

Putting out the banners


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alice Eshelman, Roanoke Patriotic Pops Concert chairman, gathers up a flag banner prior to the concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in downtown Roanoke on Saturday evening, July 3.

Working hard


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Conductor Bradley Thachuk conducts during the Roanoke Patriotic Pops Concert on Saturday evening, July 3.

Demolition derby


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Two contestants "meet" during the stock division of the Salamonie Summer Festival Demolition Derby on Saturday evening, July 3, at the Knight Bergman Center Grounds.

Threshing the old-fashioned way


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Demonstrators fork wheat into an antique threshing machine on Saturday, July 3, at the Warren Area Antique Tractor & Engine Show during the Salamonie Summer Fesitval in Warren.

Intense concentration


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rev. Mark Davis, of the Nazarene Church in Warren, concentrates as he tries to add a third golf ball to his stack in the Minute to Win It contest on Stage II in downtown Warren during the Salamonie Summer Fesitval on Saturday, July 3.

Cornole tourney


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alden Criswell (left) watches as Nathan Lee lets a bean blag fly in the Salamonie Summer Festival Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 3.

Working the S.A.M. booth


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dave (left) and Jo Keller cook burgers st the Salamonie Active Men (S.A.M.) food booth on Saturday, July 3, at the Salamolnie Summer Festival.

Pedal pull


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Summer Jackson gives it her all in the Salamonie Summer Festival Pedal Tractor Pull in downtown Warren on Saturday, July 3.

Big fish


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The First Baptist Church float, which won first place in the religious organization category in the Salamonie Summer Festival Parade on Saturday morning, July 3, featured a "big fish in a small pond," a play on the festival theme of "Big Time, Small Town."

Rolling down the parade route

George Eickhoff on his 1946 Avery tractor rolls down the Salamonie Summer Festival Parade route on Saturday morning, July 3.

Council takes a ride


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the Warren Town Council, including Julia Glessner (front left) and Ron Neff (front right), ride atop the town's antique fire turck in the Salamonie Summer Festival Parade on Saturday morning, July 3.

USS Salamonie crew in parade


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Veterans who served on board the USS Salamonie ride a star-spangled float in the Salamonie Summer Festival Parade on Saturday morning, July 3. The group was in Warren for its annual reunion.

Company Singers perform

The Company Singers lead a sing-along at "An Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration" at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Saturday morning, July 3. The event was sponsored by the Historic Forks of the Wabash and the Huntington County Historical Society.

A lesson from the old days


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Madison Parsenow, 9, of Fort Wayne, get a lesson in washing clothes the old-fahsioned way from Victoria Thompson during "An Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration" at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, put on by the Forks and the Huntington County Historical Society.

Celebration at the Forks


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Matt Stephenson reads the Declaration of Independence on Saturday morning, July 3, at "An Old-Fashioned Indpendence Day Celebration" at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, put on by the Forks and the Huntington County Historical Society.

Crooning


Photo by Jessica Williams.

National country music recording artist James Otto was the headliner Friday, July 2, at the Salamonie Summer Festival "Concert on the Hill" at the Knight Bergman Center Grounds.

'Concert on the Hill'


Photo by Jessica Williams.

National recording artist James Otto has the crowd going at the Salamonie Summer Fesitval "Concert on the Hill" on Friday, July 2, at the Knight Bergman Center Grounds.

Enjoying the evening


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Lounge chairs and just plain sitting on the grass were both in vogue for attendees of the Salamonie Summer Fertival "Concert on the Hill" on Friday, July 2, at the Knight Bergman Center Grounds.

Shakin' Bake at SSF


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Area country band Shakin' Bake performs as one of the opening acts in the Salamonie Summer Festival "Concert on the Hill" at the Knight Bergman Center Grounds on Friday, July 2.

Walter's dedication to library, community, earns her Samuel Jones Pioneer Award

Rosalie Walter (standing, right) accepts the key to the town of Warren from Warren Town Council President Bill Cartwright after being named the Samuel Jones Pioneer Award winner on Thursday, July 1. Seated is Mary Emma Holmes, the 2009 award recipient.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Warren's recently retired librarian, Rosalie Walter, has spent many hours - both paid and unpaid - making the Warren Public Library an appealing place to be.

But her work didn't stop at the library doors. She also delivered boxes of books to schools and to people whose limitations kept them from getting to the library, says fellow Warren resident Mary Emma Holmes.

In recognition of those efforts, Walter was named the 2010 Samuel Jones Pioneer Award recipient, an honor announced Thursday, July 1, by Holmes, the 2009 Pioneer Award winner.

Walter earns 2010 Samuel Jones Pioneer Award


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rosalie Walter (right) gets a hug from Mary Emma Holmes after the former received the 2010 Samuel Jones Pioneer Award on Thursday, July 1, at the 22nd annual Samuel Jones Pioneer Award Breakfast at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren. Holmes, the 2009 winner, made the presentation to Walter, who recently retired as librarian at the Warren Public Library after 24 years.

Warren tractor show to honor vets

The Warren Area Antique Tractor and Engine Show will feature a patriotic musical program honoring America and its veterans on Saturday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at the show grounds, located at the Daugherty Companies, Ind.-218.

Local author Bill Shuttleworth, writer of "The 2nd American Revolution," will pay tribute to the founding fathers of the United States. Veterans who attend will get special honors.

Warren tractor show to feature Avery equipt.

The Warren Area Tractor and Engine Club will host the 2010 Summer National Meet of the B.F. Avery Collectors Club, at the Warren Area Antique Tractor and Engine Show, in Warren, today through Sunday, July 4.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Salamonie Summer Festival and will be held on the grounds of The Daugherty Companies, 534 First St., Warren.

In addition to B.F. Avery tractors and farm equipment, there will also be over 100 tractors on display, a live steam engine and several pieces of vintage farm equipment.

Warren tractor show to feature Avery equipt.

The Warren Area Tractor and Engine Club will host the 2010 Summer National Meet of the B.F. Avery Collectors Club, at the Warren Area Antique Tractor and Engine Show, in Warren, today through Sunday, July 4.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Salamonie Summer Festival and will be held on the grounds of The Daugherty Companies, 534 First St., Warren.

In addition to B.F. Avery tractors and farm equipment, there will also be over 100 tractors on display, a live steam engine and several pieces of vintage farm equipment.

Salamonie Summer Festival now has its royalty in place

Three winners in the Salamonie Summer Festival Queen Pageant were crowned at the Warren Church of Christ on Monday, June 28. Pictured (from left) are Junior Miss Haley Haynes; Princess Ahlivia Calhoun; and Queen Alli Harris.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A trio of young women was selected Monday, June 28, to reign over Warren's Salamonie Summer Festival.

Alli Harris, 19-year-old daughter of Ken and Bev Harris, was selected as queen during the pageant held at the Warren Church of Christ.

Joining Harris in the royal court are Junior Miss Hayley Haynes and Princess Ahlivia Calhoun.

Haynes, 11, is the daughter of Melinda and Joe Haynes.
Calhoun, 5, is the daughter of Casey McCarver.

Two runners-up were selected in each age group, and each group also had a Miss Photogenic.

‘Concert on the Hill’ to highlight SSF events this weekend

Grammy-nominatd James Otto will be the headliner at the "Concert on the Hill" on Friday, July 2, on the grounds of the Knight-Bergman Center.
Photo provided.

Country twangs will flavor the evening air in Warren when recording artist James Otto, along with two area bands with sizeable followings, unpack their guitars for the Salamonie Summer Festival's first "Concert on the Hill."

"This has been a dream of mine since I first started working with the festival," says Vicki Grim, Salamonie Summer Festival chairman. "We decided this was the year to do it."

County to be buzzing with activity on and around Independence Day

Isaac Albertson (third from left) portrays Huntington’s first mayor during a skit at the Forks of the Wabash “Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration” last year.
Photo provided.

Summer is in full swing, and Huntington County will be buzzing with activities on and around the Fourth of July.

On July 3, the Town of Roanoke will host "Freedom on Main," in the downtown area, with the gates opening at 6 p.m.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will be in performance at 8 p.m., playing Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea" and Gould's "American Salute."

29 young women vying for Salamonie Summer Festival royalty

Twenty-nine young women, ranging in age from 5 to 19, will compete to become the royalty of the Salamonie Summer Festival during the festival's queen contest on Monday, June 28.

The queen contest, sponsored by Citizens Telephone, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ, located at Wayne and 3rd Streets in Warren.

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