Special Events & Festivals

'Chief' Easterday notes memory of a 6-year-old boy spurs him to help youth

Huntington's newest Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, John Easterday, gets a congratulatory hug from Patty Warner after the announcement at the 42nd annual Chief's Breakfast on Thursday, June 17.
Photo by Scott Trauner.


It's been a while since John Easterday was 6 years old.

But the grown-up John Easterday - bank executive and, now, the newest Chief of Huntington's Flint Springs Tribe - remembers that boy.

And that memory, Easterday says, is why he spends a considerable amount of his time working with programs designed to give youth a leg up.

Misses on the mark

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Newly-crowned Junior Miss Heritage Days Ana Redner (left) and Little Miss Heritage Days Arianna Betterly (right) flank Miss Huntington Lauren Petersen at the 2010 Little Miss & Junior MIss Heritage Days competition on Wednesday, June 16.

2010 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe

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John Easterday (right) accepts the 2010 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe plaque from 2009 Chief Steve Mason at the 42nd annual Chief's Breakfast on Thursday morning, June 17, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Heritage Days 2010 to feature several new events as well as old favorites

A clown drives down the Heritage Days Parade route in last year’s celebration. This year’s event, always one of the best-attended of the Heritage Days events, will step off Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m.
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Heritage Days 2010 will feature new events and old favorites, designed to entertain those of all ages.

The Huntington Jaycees are bringing back the Ultimate Bed Race Challenge, which will take place on Saturday, June 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The race begins in front of Legends Sports Bar on Market Street, with a challenge at the intersection of Jefferson and Market and ending at the intersection of Cherry and Market streets. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest entrant and the most entertaining entrant.

Food won’t be lacking at JeFFFest on June 20

Participating vendors in JeFFFest on Sunday, June 20, hold samples of the food they plan to prepare for the event, to be held in downtown Huntington.
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The third "F" in JeFFFest stands for "food," and organizers have announced the vendors who will put the taste in the June 20 event.

The outdoor event will be held in downtown Huntington and and will also feature "fine art" by area artists and "fabulous music" by Eric Clancy Jazz.

Food vendors will include:

• Nick's - Mini-tenderloins, small slices of sugar cream and rhubarb pie, coleslaw and potato salad.

• Wings, Etc. - Prime rib sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches and Andes mint pie.

• Brick House Grill - crab cakes and mushrooms.

Name winners of HD essay contest

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the first Heritage Days essay and coloring contests.

Winners in the essay contest were Cameron Phillips and Justin Stucker, tie for first; Storm Razon, second; and Danielle Lyons, third.

Phillips and Stucker each received a $50 savings bond from First Federal Savings Bank and Bippus State Bank, as well as a small pizza from Pizza Hut.

Razon received a Sonicare toothbrush from Angel Becker Orthodontics and a pizza. Lyons received a book from Dorothy's Hallmark.

Announce HD week street closings

Several streets in and around downtown Huntington will be closed during Heritage Days.

Closings will begin Monday, June 14, and will become more numerous throughout the week. The final day for the street closings is Sunday, June 20.

Throughout the week, June 14-20, a temporary three-way stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Market and Byron streets.

Heritage Days schedule of events


5:00-10:00 p.m.
POOR JACK AMUSEMENTS -Warren Street, Downtown Huntington. Amusement rides and games for the entire family. Height restrictions on some rides. Pre-sale tickets available at the Chamber office and Myers Jewelry. Sponsored by Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.

6:00- 8:00 p.m.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL - Hier's Park. Ice cream provided by Good Humor-Breyers. Sponsored by Huntington County Rescue.

Salamonie Festival to present James Otto

James Otto will perform during the Salamonie Summer Festival’s Concert on the Hill July 2 in Warren.
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Nashville recording artist James Otto will perform Friday, July 2, during the Salamonie Summer Festival in Warren.

Otto's hits include "Just Got Started Lovin' You" and "Groovy Little Summer Song." He is currently recording his second album.

Appearing with Otto will be two northeast Indiana bands, Shakin' Bake and BackWater. Both bands will perform covers as well as some original music.

The show will take place on the grounds of the Knight-Bergman Center, 132 Nancy St. in Warren.

Heritage Days is on its way

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The corporate sponsor for the 2010 Huntington Heritage Days is Teachers Credit Union. TCU representatives joined with Heritage Days Steering Committee members for a photo Thursday evening, June 3. They are (from front left clockwise) Stephanie Jerabek, Steve Kimmel, Diana Farthing, Jo Deane Knowles, of TCU; Michelle Crone, Rosie Wall; Joe Burgess, co-chairman; Paula Kimmel, Phyllis Renz; Sandy Seacott, of TCU; and Kim Myers, chairman. The festival runs June 16-20.

Eric Clancy Jazz returning to perform at JeFFFest

Eric Clancy Jazz entertains the crowd at JeFFFest 2009. The group will return to this year’s arts event on June 20.
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A jazz group that entertained guests at last year's JeFFFest will return this summer, performing under a new name and with the addition of two more musicians.

Eric Clancy Jazz, which performed last year as the Eric Clancy Trio, has added a vocalist and percussionist for this year's performance.

The group will perform during the downtown Huntington arts event, to be held June 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing will sponsor this year's JeFFest, featuring food, fine arts and music.

Fire eating

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Carmen-Marie Mandeley, a member of the Nickel Shakespeare Girls, eats fire during a performance at the Renaissance Faire on Saturday, May 29, at the PAL Club. The event, sponsored by the Huntington Jaycees, continues through Monday, May 31, at the club grounds, 2099 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

Old-time music

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

IOTA, the Indiana Old Time Association, performs music of the day during the Renaissance Faire on Saturday, May 29, at the PAL club. The event, sponsored by the Huntington Jaycees, will run through Monday, May 31, at the club grounds, 2099 Riverside Drive.

Targeting the village idiot

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Wendell Koedel heaves a tomato at the "village idiot" during the Renaissance Faire on Saturday, May 29, at the PAL Club grounds. The inaugural event features many things to do for people of all ages, and will run through Monday, May 31, a the PAL Club grounds, 2099 Riverside Drive, Huntington. The Huntington Jaycees are sponsoring the event.


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Mark Turney portrays a jester at the Renaissance Faire on Saturday, May 29, at the PAL Club grounds. The event, sponsored by the Huntington Jaycees, continues at the PAL, 2099 Riverside Drive, Huntington, through Monday, May 31, at 9 p.m.

Archery demo

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

An archery demonstration on Saturday, May 29, is one of the many events of the Renaissance Faire, being held this weekend at the PAL grounds, 2099 Riverside Drive. The event, sponosred by the Huntington Jaycees, runs through Monday, May 31.

Inaugural Renaissance Faire ready to take center stage

“The Class Clown: Brady Wegener” will be one of the featured acts at the Renaissance Faire, presented by the Huntington Jaycees, May 27 through May 31. Wegener’s repertoire includes juggling fire, knives and rubber chickens.
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From Thursday, May 27, through Monday, May 31, the grounds at the PAL (Police Athletic League) Club on Riverside Drive will be alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the Middle Ages.

The Huntington Jacyees are sponsoring the Renaissance Faire, and President Todd Nightenhelser says the affair is family-friendly with events for all.

Bone density testing

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Margaret Scher (left), of Huntington, has her bone density tested by Geralynn Vonderhaar, diagnostic imaging supervisor at Parkview Health, at the Parakview Huntington Hospital booth during the Huntington County Senior Expo on Thursday, May 20.

Blood testing discussion

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Lisa Siegwarth (left) at the CVS/pharmacy booth, discusses blood testing with Carl Turner (right), of Andrews, while Shirley Turner looks on, during the sixth annual Huntington County Senior Expo at the Huntington University Fieldhouse on Thursday, May 20.

Expo entertainment

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Back Stage Clowns entertain the crowd at the Huntington County Senior Expo on Thursday, May 20, at the Huntington University Fieldhouse.

Catching a ride

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The Huntington County Senior Expo had shuttle service available for those who had to park in the outer reaches of the parking lots near the Huntngton University Fieldhouse on Thursday, May 20.

Helping out

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Chaney Bergdall (left) pours some lemonade for Ann Dailey during the lunch rush at the Senior Expo in the Huntington University Fieldhouse on Thursday, May 20. It was the sixth year for the event, which hosted 90 vendors from the area.

Visitors can expect old favorites and new things at the 2010 Senior Expo

The sixth annual Senior Expo, sponsored by the  Huntington County Council on Aging, is set for this Thursday, May 20, at the Huntington University Fieldhouse.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

As the sixth annual Huntington County Senior Expo rolls around on Thursday, May 20, visitors can expect both returning favorites and new attractions at the Huntington University Fieldhouse.

The event, sponsored by the Huntington County Council on Aging, will boast 90 booths and more than 50 door prizes, and will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holly Saunders, executive director of the council, says businesses that offer services or products aimed toward the senior population will all be in one location at one time, along with free entertainment and free food all day.

Gather ye hither for many types of Renaissance Faire entertainment

The Nickel Shakespeare Girls will be one of the main entertainers at the Renaissance Faire, sponsored by the Huntington Jaycees. The event will be held May 27 through 31.
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Gather ye hither, the Huntington Jaycees presentation of the Renaissance Faire approacheth!

The event, which will be held at the PAL Club, May 27 to 31, will feature various forms of entertainment for young and old.

Highlighting the event are "The Nickel Shakespeare Girls," a trio of women well versed in Shakespeare and the Elizabethan period.

Along with impromptu comedy, clown work, choral work, fight work, acrobatics, and songs, the trio will perform excerpts from any Shakespeare play upon request.

Books gift

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Horace Mann librarian Tammie Frederick, (center, wearing hat) helps students pick out a free book for Christmas on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22, in the first of two school-wide book giveaways to promote reading within the school.

Building houses

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Corinne Zay, a seventh-grader at Huntington Catholic School, decorates a gingerbread house as part of a Christmas class project. Teacher Michelle Kindle led the project.

Kettle proceeds

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The Roanoke Kiwanis Club recently delivered the proceeds from its bell-ringing efforts to the Huntington Salvation Army. The Roanoke community donated $180.27 to the kettles while the Kiwanis were ringing bells outside of several locations in Roanoke, including the Post Office, Lassus Handy Dandy and Hoosier Foods, in early December. Roanoke Kiwanis Treasurer John Nelson (left) presents the check to Capt. Tim Sell (right) of the Huntington Salvation Army.

MarkleBank donates to area food banks

MarkleBank Vice President Andy Marshall (left) and Presdient and CEO Greg Smith (center) present Master's Pantry representative Brian James a check for the Master's Pantry food bank in Markle. Photo provided.
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In light of the current economic climate, MarkleBank decided this year to forego the Christmas luncheons it has held in the past few years in Wells and Huntington counties.

Instead, MarkleBank used the money that was budgeted for those parties, $6,500, and made donations to local food banks and other charities.

Local groups that were given $1,000 each include Master's Pantry in Markle, Love in the Name of Christ in Huntington and the Warren Food Pantry.

Tam-A-Sak has the winning tree at Forks of the Wabash

Winners of the fifth annual Christmas Tree Walk, held recently at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, have been announced.

The first place winner by visitors' vote was the tree decorated by Tam-A-Sak. In addition to traditional ornaments, the tree was decorated with gloves, mittens, candy and gift cards. It was won by Adam Wixted.

The second place winner was decorated by the Master Gardeners of Huntington with dried flowers, moss and pine cones. It was won by Hank Frenhaber.

Sharing the spirit

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American Legion Riders of Post 7 recently delivered Christmas gifts to veterans residing at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Pictured are Brailynn and Brandon Vogelman (front and center), giving presents to resident Bruce Shipbaugh (front right). Also pictured are (back row left to right) Caroline Halder, co-historian; Don Wieging, commander of Post 7; Joie Jodrey, secretary; Barry Wehr, co-director; Bill Farmer, historian; Tracy Hill and Jan Bartrom. Six other residents received gifts.