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Heritage Days 2011 has theme and sponsor

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Heritage Days Steering Committee has named the theme for the 2011 Heritage Days festivities as Canoes, Conestogas, and Cabins. Festivities celebrating Huntington’s heritage will be held at locations throughout the community Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. Teachers Credit Union is the corporate sponsor.

This year’s theme will allow participants in the annual Heritage Days Parade and other activities to depict the original inhabitants and settlers of our area 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 original inhabitants of our area including the Indians, pioneers, and original settlers who lived here. They arrived by canoes and conestogas (also known as covered wagons), and built cabins. The theme is part of an ongoing effort to “explore” Huntington’s heritage.

The official logo is a scene depicting a portion of an Indian village which once existed at the Forks of the Wabash. The picture is taken from a wall portrait at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Park on U.S. Hwy.-24 West in Huntington. The painting was created by Susan Taylor, Nadine Piedmont, and Ann Hollar in 2004.

The Heritage Days Parade will be held Saturday, June 18 beginning at 10 a.m. Participants in this year’s parade will be asked for a $25 fee per entry. Groups are considered as one entry. This fee along with a certificate of liability insurance must be submitted along with the parade registration form.

Activities that will be a part of this year’s Heritage Days festivities include the parade on Saturday, The Marketplace in downtown Huntington throughout the weekend, a car show on Friday night, three on three basketball and new and improved children’s games on Saturday, bed races, tours at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, exhibits at the Huntington Historical Museum, and entertainment on Sunday afternoon.

As a new addition to downtown activities, the Chamber is inviting local businesses to participate by setting up booths in designated areas to sell their products and services. For more information about this activity contact the Chamber office.

Poor Jack’s Amusements will once again be the carnival of choice for 2011. Rides and activities will be located on Warren Street from Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. Streets involved with the carnival will close on Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m. to allow for set-up. Poor Jack’s has been a part of the Bluffton Street Fair for 37 years and Old Settlers Days in Columbia City for over 20 years.

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