Special Events & Festivals

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.

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.

Tractor pull


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Toby Kramer has it going during the NTPA Tractor Pull at the Roanoke Park as part of the Roanoke Fall Fesitval on Friday, Sept. 11.

Getting top price


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kurt Ness, of Ness Bros. GMAC Real Estate and Auction Co., works on getting a good price during the Roanoke Fall Fesitval cake auction on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Zero turn square dancing


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Rupley-Dixon Square Dancers show everyone how it's done on zero turn mowers during the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 11.

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