Special Events & Festivals

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.
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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.
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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.

Salamonie Summer Festival cornhole tourney set for July 3

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a cornhole tournament at the Salamonie Summer Festival on Saturday, July 3.

Registration will take place at 11:45 a.m., with games starting at 12:30 p.m.


Junior MIss Heritage Days and court

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Junior Miss Heritage Days and her court are (from left) Ashley Spencer, fifth runner-up; Raegan Killigrew, first runner-up; Junior Miss Heritage Days Ana Redner; Bailey Butler, second runner-up; Dominika Woiciechowska, third runner-up; and Leann Ringenberg, fourth runner-up.

Betterly and Redner earn Heritage Days crowns

Little Miss Heritage Days Arianna Betterly (fourth from left) poses with her court.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two Flint Springs Elementary School students were crowned Wednesday, June 16, to reign over Huntington's Heritage Days.

Seven-year-old Arianna Betterly won the title of Little Miss Heritage Days, while 10-year-old Ana Redner was named Junior Miss Heritage Days.

Betterly is the daughter of Ken and Anne Betterly.
Redner's parents are Jay and Jennifer Redner.

Parkview Huntington wins best float in Heritage Days Parade

The Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club rolls down Jefferson Street on the way to claiming best antique vehicle unit in the 47th annual Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 19.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Parkview Huntington Hospital showed the best float in the 47th annual Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 19.

Parade judges ranked the First Federal Savings Bank float as the runner-up.

Hoosier Drive-In sponsored the winning award, and  Lake City Bank was the sponsor of the second place honor.

The Marching Vikes were named best marching band, with the award sponsored by VFW Post 2689, and Mizpah Bagpipers took second place, with that award sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Beth Ebersole and Gib Young.

Face painting

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Trevor Okuly (right) has his face painted by Colleen Thornburgh at the children's activities at Heritage Days on Saturday, June 19.

Looking for the winner

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Connor Asher (center) looks for the marked balloon in an effort to win at prize at the children's activities center at Heritage Days on Saturday afternoon, June 19. The activities were sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

Straining for that extra inch

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Young Molly McDonald does her best to carry the weight down the course at he Heritage Days Kiddie Tractor Pull on Saturday, June 19, whille Dick Hinton from event sponsor Town & Country Homes keeps track of the event in the background.

Muppets on parade

Various Muppets hang out of the windows of the Union Church bus as it rolls down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 19.

Acknowledging friends and fans

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Former Huntington North High School sports star and Purdue University basketball standout Chris Kramer acknowledges friends and fans from a unit in the Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, June 19. Kramer was honored by the City of Huntingotn later in the day.

Beautiful day for a buggy ride

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Woody's Motors unit has a beautiful summer day for a ride down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday, June 19.

Second place band

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Mizpah Bagpipers march down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday morning, June 19, on their way to being named second place in the marching band category.

Chiefs take a ride

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Past chiefs of the Flint Springs Tribe (from left) Steve Zahn, Joe Wiley, Mel Ring, Gene Snowden and Linda Aldridge roll down the Heritage Days Parade route on Saturday, June 19, and acknowledge the crowd with waves and candy.

Heritage Days 5K

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Participants in the Heritage Days 5K run, sponsored by the HNHS Men in Black Runnning Club, made up the first unit in the Heritage Days Parade.

The show will go on

Photo by Scott Trauner.

After a storm Friday night, June 18, blew the ABWA Brat Tent down, it has been put back up, and the event will continue as usual today, Saturday, June 19. The tent will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight, and country group Shakin' Bake will be performing from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Crafters Corner/Marketplace fun

Brooke Falcone (right), 8, shows off a headband and butterfly wings to Michelle Powell at the Crafters' Corner and Marketplace area at the Huntington Heritage Days on Friday afeternoon, June 18.

No success at the dunk tank

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike (left) takes a turn trying to dunk Pathfinder Services President John Niederman at the Pathfinder Dunk Tank on Friday, June 18. Niederman watches as Updike's shot misses the target.

Kar show

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Bevan Best (left) and Blake Caley, both paticipants in the Heritage Daze Kar Show and Cruise-In, take a moment to admikre a Camaro from under the hood on Friday, June 18.

Salamonie Summer Festival seeking parade entries July 3

The Salamonie Summer Festival Parade Committee is seeking entries for the Salamonie Summer Festival's parade along State Road 5 in Warren on Saturday, July 3.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and will wind through downtown Warren to the disband point along State Road 218.
All entries must be checked in by 8:30 a.m. on the parade date, which is Saturday, unlike Friday in previous years.

'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

Photo by Scott Trauner.

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.
TAB file photo.

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.