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Chamber thanks volunteers, community

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Huntington Heritage Days 2012 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 Duke Energy, the corporate sponsor goes a big THANK YOU for their generous donation to the festival. We also appreciate Lee’s KFC, Huntington, for their financial contribution to the new Kids Zone.

Thanks are also extended to Bob Caley and the city street department for all their kind attention to barricades, cones and street safety; Denise Bard and the park department; the 509 Community Church for their help with trash clean up; Amity Lodge for helping with trash pickup along the parade route; the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department’s work release program which also helped to clean up trash; Jeff Hammel at Troxel Equipment for the use of two Gators; T.D. Wall for the use of the golf cart and Jim Friermood at Sportsmobile for storage of the Gators and golf cart.

Dawne Pearson and Janelle Buzzard made the Little Miss Heritage Days pageant a very special evening for the young girls of our community. We thank them for their detailed attention to the activity and to the volunteers and parents who made it possible. The Rescue Squad Ice Cream Social the same evening was also a delight!

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.

Special thanks to the Huntington County Disaster Team, Emergency Management, the Police Department, Chief E. J. Carroll, the Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Terry Stoffel and the Fire Department for all of their hard work during the festival and the extra man hours the agencies contributed.

Special thanks to the VFW, the Eagles and ABATE for their participation in the parade and various activities during the festival. Boy Scout troop 637 and Cub Scout pack 3607 participated in the Flag “burning” ceremony on Saturday evening and we appreciate their patriotic part of Heritage Days.

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; Jason Fields for his leadership in directing the parade; Joe Wiley, parade line-up; Barb Rupley, Diana Farthing and Sherill Ness for their supervision of the judges and judges stand for the parade; Chant Thompson and Roger Vezeau for announcing the parade; Nancy Martin for organizing sponsors; Pathfinder Kids Kampus – Lisa Mettler, the Boys and Girls Club – Ashley Allen, Little Blessings, Beacon Credit Union – Kiddie Tractor Pull, and Life Church for children’s activities; Craig and Judy Lee for long hours spent downtown watching over The Marketplace; Paula Kimmel for publicity; Phyllis Renz of the Convention and Visitor Bureau for the Window Decorating Contest; Michelle Crone, street coordinator and Chris Smart for organizing the Hot Air Balloon launches and Glow.

The YMCA Strong Man Competition and the new Co-ed Sand Volleyball Tournament were well attended. We thank the YMCA for bringing such fun activities to the community.

The Huntington Airport and Huntington Lions Club is thanked for the new addition to Heritage Days. The Fly-In, Drive-In Breakfast on Sunday morning added to the festivities. We appreciate the ABWA and all of their dedication to once again bring the Brat Tent and entertainment. The Masonic Lodge Fish and Tenderloin annual event was also a great Friday evening meal.

Thanks to the Historic Forks of the Wabash for tours of the park and the Vaudeville show. The historical tours of the south side of Huntington by the Historical Museum are also appreciated.

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 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.


Huntington County Chamber of Commerce
Steve Kimmel, executive director
Ellen Prange
Jo Ann Burnau