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The Chamber staff says thank you

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011

Huntington Heritage Days 2011 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 Teachers’ Credit Union (TCU), the corporate sponsor, goes a big THANK YOU for their generous donation to the festival. We also appreciate Duke Energy for their financial contribution. Thanks are also extended to Dave Spencer and the city street department for all their kind attention to barricades, cones and street safety; the Masons from Amity Lodge 483 for clean up after the parade; Max Kaylor and Tim Welker for emptying trash and picking up the trash barrels; the Youth Services Bureau for clean up on Friday and Saturday; First Brethren Church for clean up on Sunday morning; Jeff Hammel at Troxel Equipment for use of two Gators and Jim Friermood at Sportsmobile for storage of the Gators.

Special thanks to the VFW, the Eagles, both American Legion Posts, ABATE and the Gold Wing Club for their help with the patriotic ceremony on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and honored two POW’s from WWII, Robert L. Randol and Wilbert “Curly” Seibold. Many thanks go to Mike Gosnell of the Heritage Days steering committee who organized the ceremony.

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, Amy Pasko and Jenelle Buzzard for the Little Miss Heritage Days Pageant; Jo Carter for her leadership in directing the parade; Joe Wiley, parade line-up; Diana Farthing, Sonya Foraker and Barb Rupley for their supervision of the judges of the parade; Chant Thompson, Kent Yost and Nate Hasty for announcing the parade; Brittany Scheiber for managing the brochures and buttons; Brandon Taylor, Brian Topp and Matt Grantham for helping put together our emergency evacuation plan in case of inclement weather; Nancy Martin for organizing sponors; Tom Tallman for coordinating the car show; Pathfinder Kids Kampus – Lisa Mettler, the Boys and Girls Club – Ashley Allen, Little Blessings – Rachel Nelson, National Guard – Jeremy Higgins and the Bookmobile who worked on activities for kids; Craig and Judy Lee for long hours spent downtown watching over The Marketplace; Jason Fields and Paula Kimmel for publicity; Paula Kimmel for the essay/coloring contest; Phyllis Renz of the Convention and Visitor Bureau for the Window Decorating Contest; Michelle Crone, street coordinator; Chris Smart for organizing the Hot Air Balloon launches and Glow and to The Classics who performed on Sunday afternoon, providing a great musical show to those in attendance.

The Chamber of Commerce sponsored Bed Races were chaired by Josh “Tex” Burkhardt of Pace Auto Group and we thank those that participated including the Bendix Haulers, the Jaycees/Huntington North runners, The Collector’s Box and Pace Auto Group. Congratulations go to Bendix for winning the event!

We thank all the people in the community who held breakfasts, dinners and the many other activities that were included in this year’s Heritage Days events. We have had many positive comments from the community this year on the Amusement Company, Poor Jack.  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 of the Chamber of Commerce, and
The Chamber of Commerce Staff, Ellen Prange and Jo Ann Burnau