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Groups to bring events to downtown on May 30

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016

The LaFontaine Arts Council and the United Way of Huntington County are partnering to bring a Bicentennial arts event to downtown Huntington. “Walking through Indiana History” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 30 at and around Rotary Park.

The LAC will open the annual fire hydrant painting public art project that day. This year’s theme is “Hoosier Hydrants - Celebrating 200 Years of Indiana History.” Artists have begun painting the hydrants, which honor the faces, places and spaces that are an integral part of the state’s heritage. Maps showing the locations of the hydrants and the artists that painted them will be available at Rotary Park. After May 30, maps can be found in the brochure holder outside The New Huntington Theater or on the LaFontaine Arts Council Facebook page.

Sponsors of the hydrant public art project include Thorne Insurance Agency, Inc.; Bailey-Love Mortuary; Smith Furniture; Sherilyn Emberton; Miami Tool & Die; Lyle and Susan Smith; Bippus State Bank; Matheny, Hahn, Denman & Nix, LLP; Dyer Health and Wellness and Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters.

The United Way of Huntington County will unveil the local bison, which is one of many bison in the Bison-tennial project across the state. Huntington artists Katrina Mitten, Katy Strass and Angela Ellsworth are basing their painting on the fiberglass bison on the history and culture of Huntington County. United Way interim director Adam Drummond will give a brief talk about the bison before the artists discuss their inspirations and unveil their work. The name of the local bison will also be revealed.

Partners for the bison project include The Forks of the Wabash; Novae, Corp; City of Huntington and Pearson’s Body Shop and Wrecker Service.

The bison will be on display at Rotary Park on May 30 and can also be seen around the entire county at various events and festivals before retiring to its permanent home at the Historic Forks of the Wabash in the fall. Local folk band Roustabout will provide music during the afternoon thanks to a “Make a Difference” grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation. While seating is available at the park, everyone is encouraged to bring chairs to have a guaranteed seat for the festivities. While the band plays, people can get an up-close-and-personal look of the bison and walk around the downtown area viewing the hydrants. The Party Shop will be open that afternoon offering treats for purchase.