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Chamber offers its thank you to community

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Huntington Heritage Days 2013 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, the corporate sponsor goes a big THANK YOU for their generous donation to the festival. We also appreciate First Federal Savings Bank, iAB Financial Bank, United Technologies and McDonald’s Restaurant, Huntington for their financial contributions to the make the Kids Zone possible.

Thanks are also extended to Bob Caley, Chris Abbett and Tim Bischoff and the city street department for all their kind attention to barricades, cones and street safety; Lindsie Goss and the EMA team for their help with Emergency Management; E.J. Carroll and the police department for their assistance, 4-H Park Board for allowing the carnival to use Hier’s Park and Ron Fusselman and the Indiana Dream Center for their help with trash clean up, the Wednesday evening ice cream social and Saturday evening treats at the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Transportation needs were met by Jeff Hammel at Troxel Equipment and we thank him for the use of two Gators; LaFontaine Golf Club for the use of four golf carts; John Easterday for transporting the golf carts and Jim Friermood at Sportsmobile for storage of the Gators and golf carts during the festival.

The Friday night car show would not have been possible without the support of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Disaster Team and Max Kaylor. We thank them for the well-organized and attended event. It was greatly enjoyed by the community.

Appreciation Days coordinated by Steve Gray at the Huntington Municipal Airport were “greatly appreciated.” We also thank Gray for his help with making the B-17 and Warbird Flyover at the parade possible.

Special thanks to the VFW, the Eagles and American Legion for their participation in the parade and various activities during the festival. Special thanks to the American Legion and Eagles for the flag raising ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

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 Joe Burgess, chairman. We offer our thanks for their dedication to all of the events. We thank Rose Wall 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; Chant Thompson and his team for announcing the parade; Nancy Martin for organizing sponsors; the Boys and Girls Club – Ashley Allen and Desiree Frederick and Marie Kistler of Little Blessings for the children’s games; Craig and Judy Lee for long hours spent downtown watching over The Marketplace; Dan Juergens for organizing the bed race; Paula Kimmel for publicity; Phyllis Renz of the Visitor and Convention Bureau for the Window Decorating Contest; Michelle Crone, street coordinator, Chris Smart for organizing the Hot Air Balloon launches and Glow and to our volunteers who help with the parade.

Thanks to the Historic Forks of the Wabash for tours of the park and to the Huntington County Historical Museum for the historic bus tours.

We thank all the people in the community who held breakfasts, dinners, cook-outs, cook-offs and 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
Ellen Prange and Jo Ann Burnau, Chamber staff