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Chamber of Commerce thanks many for success

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Huntington Heritage Days 2018 were a major success thanks to the many dedicated volunteers who so generously gave of their time, talent and resources. The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce staff would like to say how much we appreciate the time given this year. Thanks to the administration of the City of Huntington including Mayor Brooks Fetters for all their help, and the County of Huntington to include County Commissioners Larry Buzzard, Tom Wall and Rob Miller for the use of the County Annex where the carnival workers camped for the week.

Thanks are also extended to Bob Caley, Tim Bischoff, Tony Godfroy, Roger Dimond and the city street department for all their kind attention to barricades, cones and street safety. The Chamber also appreciated their help with clean up following Heritage Days. Thank you to Chad Hacker, Chris McCutcheon and the police department for their assistance. The Chamber thanks Andrew Rensbarger, community engagement, volunteer coordinator, for his help during the event. Special thanks to Terry Miller and Boy Scout Troop #130 along with several scout leaders for their help with clean up.

Several groups helped to make Heritage Days possible. To Huntington VFW Post 2689, the corporate sponsor, goes a big THANK YOU for their generous donation to the festival. Transportation needs were met by the use of Gators and we thank Jeff Hammel at Troxel Equipment, and to Jim Friermood at Sportsmobile for storage of the Gators during the festival. Thank you to all those who helped with and participated in the annual parade including Alicia Bauer and son, Michelle Crone, Stan Denbo, Samantha Garcia, Chris Hohe, Linda Hohe, Paula Kimmel, Terry and Carrie Miller and Gerald Smelser.

A great big round of applause to Stan Bippus and Jim Denman for pulling together the 15 former Huntington County high schools to participate in the Heritage Days parade. The theme, “The ’50s: Community Strong,” was really represented by these former school members who put together 15 different parade entries, representing their former schools prior to the 1967 school consolidation in Huntington County. Thanks to all who helped in any way to make this possible.

We also appreciate Britt Sather and McDonald’s in Huntington for making the Kid Zone downtown possible, sponsoring the pony rides and petting zoo; Coldwater Bank, New Life Fellowship Ministry - Bob Burnsworth for supplying hotdogs and water; Lee’s KFC for providing Schwann’s ice cream; Huntington City-Township Public Library for painting faces and electricity; Rainbow Lanes for the bowling game; Parkview Huntington Boys and Girls Club and Cricket Wireless for the bouncy houses and Beacon Credit Union for their sponsorship of the kiddie tractor pull - “Pulling for Riley.” Special thanks to Jim Denman for overseeing the Kid Zone.

Thank you to Pastor Chris Hayden and the Central Christian Church for the use of their parking lot during parade staging and the use of the lawn and electricity during the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Thank you to Brenda Holzinger and Danny Stoffel of H&H Disposal for their use of four dumpsters for use during all of the activities.

The Friday night vehicle show would not have been possible without the support of Erin Covey of MetroNet and husband Chris Covey. Thank you for a well-organized event and thank you to all who participated. We would also like to thank Jan King and MSM Transport for the use of their trailer.

Thank you to Max Kaylor, Gary Staley and the Huntington County Disaster Team for the Saturday vehicle show at Huntington North High School. Thanks to Chris Smart and Pat Johnson and their crew for organizing and working through the Hot Air Balloon Festival Saturday also at Huntington North High School. Special thanks to D.J. Dick Smart for announcing the entire afternoon and evening through the car show and balloon glow. Thank you to Christian Life Tabernacle – Mission International for the bouncy house, hover ball and Archery Tag that entertained kids (and some adults) at the event. Thank you to the food vendors who kept the crowd well-fed.

The Bootcamp Challenge, a new event for Heritage Days 2018, at the Lake Clare Fitness Park on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to all who helped make this event possible. Thanks to the Sheets Wildlife Museum for opening their doors and educating the community – and to the Izaak Walton for hosting the bear hunt – thank you.

Heritage Days would not be possible without the hard work of the Heritage Days Steering committee who meet throughout the year under the direction of Jason Fields, chairman. We offer our thanks for their dedication to all of the events. We thank Rose Wall, Ruth Marsh and Marj Hiner for heading up the Chief’s Breakfast; Dawne Pearson for the Little Miss Heritage Days Pageant; Joe Wiley, parade line-up; Barb Rupley for her supervision of the judges and judges stand for the parade; Liz Adams and Pat Irick for announcing the parade; Jim Denman, Kids Zone; the Boys and Girls Club – Desiree Frederick for helping with the Kids Zone; Paula Kimmel for publicity; Richard and Brittany Fishburn of Christian Life Tabernacle-Mission International, Hot Air Balloon Festival games and Max Kaylor, Gary Staley and the Huntington County Disaster Team, HNHS vehicle show.

We thank Debbie Dyer and the LaFontaine Arts Council for organizing JeFFFest each year. JeFFFest is enjoyed by so many in the community and is a great way to wrap up the Heritage Days weekend.

We thank all the people in the community who held breakfasts, dinners, cook-outs, cook-offs, served as food vendors and supported the many other activities that were included in this year’s Heritage Days events. We thank everyone who visited the carnival and enjoyed the rides and food.

The Chamber of Commerce thanks the great people of Huntington County who participated in and attended the events. The success of each year’s Heritage Days is dependent on your support.


Steve Kimmel
Executive Director
Huntington County Chamber of Commerce