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Duke Energy named Heritage Days sponsor

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Heritage Days 2012 will be celebrated in Huntington Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. The theme is Unlocking the Canal and the official sponsor has been named as Duke Energy. Duke is celebrating its 100th year serving communities like Huntington and is sponsoring Heritage Days as a part of this commemoration.

This year’s theme will allow participants in the annual Heritage Days Parade and other activities to depict the Wabash and Erie Canal, which was a part of Huntington from 1835 to 1873, as their float or activity theme. This part of Huntington’s history will give Heritage Days participants the opportunity to get to know a little more about the building of the canal and the settlers it brought to the area. The theme is part of an ongoing effort to “explore” Huntington’s heritage.

The official logo for Heritage Days 2012 is taken from a painting that hangs in the Huntington County Historical Museum of a working canal boat. The picture was donated by the “Class of 1931” and appeared in the original historical museum in the Huntington County Courthouse and was moved to the new museum.

Heritage Days will ‘kick-off” on Wednesday, June 20 with the annual ice cream social sponsored by Huntington County Rescue. Thursday, June 21 will bring the Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Breakfast and the Rotary Club Strawberry Feed at Hier’s Park.

The Car Show will take place in downtown Huntington on Friday evening, June 22 with proceeds going to the Huntington Disaster Team. A fish fry will take place at the Masonic Lodge. The Eagles will have a food tent. The Marketplace will also begin on Friday evening downtown and continue through Saturday evening. Vendors will display their wares in booths around the courthouse square. Not-for-profit organizations are also invited to participate in The Marketplace for 2012 and their booths will be at no charge. The Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place throughout the weekend with a Balloon Glow and other entertainment for children at Huntington North High School on Saturday evening.

Saturday, June 23 brings the Pancake Breakfast, annual Heritage Days Parade, the Fun Zone for children downtown, YMCA Strong Man Competition/sand volleyball tournament and bed races. The Fun Zone for children will include games, races, sidewalk art, bouncy houses, clowns, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Veterans of Foreign Wars will be honored, the Eagles will hold a hog roast and ABATE will hold a motorcycle competition. The Victory Noll Center will hold an open house from 12 to 5 p.m.

The Historic Forks of the Wabash Park will be open on Saturday to offer visitors a look at Huntington’s history. The Huntington County Historical Museum will also be open and offer historic tours of Huntington.

Sunday evening JeFFFest will take place in the center block of the downtown area beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Lafontaine Arts Council and includes an art show, entertainment and a variety of foods and beverages prepared by area restaurants and purchased through tickets sold that evening by the Arts Council.

Poor Jack’s Amusements will once again be the carnival of choice. Rides and activities will be located on Warren Street from Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. Heritage Days are coordinated by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Chamber at 356-5300 or visit the website at