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Chamber offers its thank you to community

Posted: Monday, June 22, 2015

Huntington Heritage Days 2015 were a major success due in large part to the many dedicated volunteers who so generously gave of their time and resources. The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce staff would like to say how much we appreciate the time given this year.

Several groups helped to make Heritage Days possible. To Parkview Huntington Hospital, the corporate sponsor, goes a big THANK YOU for their generous donation to the festival. Thank you to all those who helped with and participated in the annual parade. We also appreciate McDonald’s Restaurant for making the Kid Zone downtown possible and Lee’s KFC for supplying the hotdogs.

Thanks are also extended to Bob Caley, Chris Abbett, Tim Bischoff 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 and the police department for their assistance and Steve Fine and the Indiana Dream Center for their help with trash clean up.

Transportation needs were met by Jeff Hammel at Troxel Equipment and we thank him for the use of the Gator; Norwood Golf Course for the use of two golf carts and Jim Friermood at Sportsmobile for storage of the Gator and golf carts during the festival.

The Friday night car show would not have been possible without the support of Chris and Erin Covey, Team Thunder and Fast Eddie of Kroozinationals. We thank them for the well-organized and attended event. It was greatly enjoyed by the community. Thanks to Max Kaylor and the Disaster Team for the Saturday car show held 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 at Huntington North High School. Special thanks to D.J. Dick Smart for announcing the entire afternoon and evening through the car show, bed race, dancing and balloon glow. We appreciate Dan Juergens of Juergens Hardware for all his efforts to make the bed race so successful and for the use of the bounce houses during the Kids Zone. To the YMCA Dancers, you were an awesome addition to the festival!

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 Craig and Judy Lee, co-chairs. We offer our thanks for their dedication to all of the events. We thank Rose Wall and Ellen Prange for heading up the Chief’s Breakfast; Dawne Pearson for the Little Miss Heritage Days Pageant; Jason Fields for his leadership in directing the parade; Joe Wiley, parade line-up; Barb Rupley for her supervision of the judges and judges stand for the parade and the event at Two EE’s Winery; Andy Vaught and his team for announcing the parade; Nancy Martin for organizing sponsors; the Boys and Girls Club – Ashley Allen, Desiree Frederick and Alison Louthan for helping with the Kids Zone; Matt Paul for helping with free ice cream downtown; Sam Schaadt and Joe Santa for organizing the corn hole tournament; Craig and Judy Lee for long hours spent downtown watching over the activities; Curtis Hines for organizing the 5K run; Dan Juergens for organizing the bed race; Paula Kimmel for publicity; Michelle Crone, street coordinator; Chris Smart and Pat Johnson for organizing the Hot Air Balloon Festival and Glow and Max Kaylor and his team for the Saturday Car Show at HNHS.

Thanks to the Historic Forks of the Wabash for the Vaudeville shows and tours of the park, and to the Huntington County Historical Museum for the historic bus tours. The Sheets Wildlife Museum also opened their doors and educated the community – thank you!

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