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Heritage Days feature record-setting events

Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is excited about the many events that will be a part of Huntington’s Heritage Days celebration Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. The corporate sponsor of this year’s event is Teacher’s Credit Union located at 313 W. Northpoint Avenue in Huntington. Duke Energy is also a financial supporter of Heritage Days 2011.

The theme for the 2011 Heritage Days is “Canoes, Conestogas (covered wagons), and Cabins” as a part of the ongoing theme “Exploring Our Heritage.” Buttons depicting the theme logo are available for $1.50 at the Chamber office, 305 Warren Street, or the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau, 407 N. Jefferson Street. With the purchase of a button, discounts are received at various restaurants from June 8 to June 19.

The Chamber is pleased to announce that Poor Jack Amusements Company is once again the midway provider for Heritage Days. It is a clean, spectacular and family owned attraction that will be located on Warren Street from June 15 through June 19. Pre-sale tickets are available at the cost of $10 for 20 tickets also at the Chamber office.

Wednesday, June 15 kicks off the huge variety of events scheduled for the festival with the Huntington County Rescue Ice Cream Social. Ice cream provided by Good Humor-Breyers will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hier’s Park and is free to the public.

Thursday, June 16 brings the 43rd Annual Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Breakfast at 8 a.m. It is located at the LaFontaine Golf Club and is sponsored by the Chamber. This yearly activity names the new Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe.

The Huntington Rotary Club Strawberry Feed will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall at Hier’s Park also on Thursday. Strawberries and ice cream will be served and tickets are available at local banks or from Rotary members. The “all you can eat” price is $5 with kids six and under eating for free.

A Hot Air Balloon Fest will once again be part of Heritage Days with launches at various times (weather permitting) from Friday evening, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 at Huntington North High School. The first launch is Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., followed by a morning launch on Saturday at 6:30 a.m.

A Balloon Glow will take place Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m. with launches taking place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring their children and cameras for a spectacular show of giant glowing aerostats. The Parkview Huntington Hospital Samaritan Helicopter and Lutheran Air Helicopter will also be at the fest. The Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs and chips and the 4-H Dog Club will sell snow cones and glow sticks. Sunday morning will bring an additional launch at 6:30 a.m. All events related to the Hot Air Balloon Fest are free to the public.

Downtown Huntington will be the sight for many activities through the weekend. Friday at 11 a.m. the ABWA Brat Tent opens in the Marsh parking lot at South Jefferson Street and continues through Saturday featuring food and entertainment. Bailey’s Coffee will serve up some liquid refreshment at the Heritage Daze Kar/Truck and Motorcycle Show on Friday evening from 4 to 9 p.m. in the center block of downtown. This event is sponsored by, The Tallman Group and MSM Transportation.

The Marketplace will be located throughout the weekend near the Courthouse. It is sponsored by the Chamber and will feature various vendors with items for sale to the public. Friday evening will also feature an Amity Lodge sponsored Fish/Tenderloin Dinner by Dan’s at 400 E. Franklin Street.

Saturday brings two early breakfast opportunities with the Moose Lodge celebrating 100 years and serving up biscuits, gravy and potatoes at 390 Frontage Road. This event and the HNHS Viking Band Boosters Parade Breakfast are open to the public. The HNHS Band Parents Organization is the sponsor of the second breakfast which will be held at the Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan Street.

Bailey’s Coffee will once again be serving up liquid refreshments in the parking lot at Lake City Bank from 8 a.m. to noon during the Heritage Days Parade. Prior to the parade a 5K run will take place sponsored by the HNHS Men in Black Running Club. The road course follows the first mile of the Heritage Days Parade route.

The 49th Annual Heritage Days Parade sponsored by the Chamber begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of North Jefferson and MacGahan. The parade’s completion is at the corner of South Jefferson and Etna Avenue. Following the parade at 12:30 p.m., the VFW and the American Legion Post 85 will hold a ceremony to honor the POW’s from WWII. Bruce Stanton will give a speech honoring our service men and women and a 21-gun salute will take place.

Downtown will also be the place for children’s activities on Saturday afternoon. The activities are sponsored by The Boys and Girls Club, Kids Kampus and Little Blessing Childcare Ministry. The fun includes a duck pond, sucker tree, bean bag toss, balloon animals, drop zone, hula hoop, bobble head, defying gravity, card cliffhanger, toddler basketball shoot and much more. Beacon Credit Union is sponsoring the 8th Annual Kiddie Tractor Pull on the Franklin Street parking lot located by Wall Legal Services. Participation ribbons and trophies for the first and second place winners will be awarded.

Activities for physical fitness are also part of the Heritage Days agenda. The YMCA will hold  the “Strongest Man Competition” at the site of the old YMCA on Warren Street on Saturday at 1 p.m. Registration is 12 noon and the entry fee is $15 pre-registration and $20 the day of the event. For more information contact Todd Latta at the YMCA.

Additionally, a Three-On-Three Basketball tournament will take place on Saturday at Huntington North High School. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with the games beginning at 1 p.m. This new event is sponsored by the Huntington North Basketball Parents Group.

Huntington’s history will be celebrated by the Historical Society with guided tours of historic homes and businesses. Tours begin and end at the Historical Museum, 315 Court Street, at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1.50 for students. The Forks of the Wabash will be hosting historians with expertise about our community from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Historic Forks Park on U.S.-24.

New to Heritage Days is a motorcycle show sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles 823. The show begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. on West Washington Street and will include class judgings, field events and a flag signing.

The Bed Race Challenge will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Market Street. Businesses, families, churches and clubs will participate in this unique event sponsored by the Chamber and the Huntington Jaycees.

Sunday morning brings a horse show to the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club at 9 a.m. The club is located at 780N 200W and this event is free to the public. Concession stands will be open.

Sunday afternoon brings a great musical event to the Courthouse lawn. From 1 to 3 p.m., The Classics will entertain spectators with sounds to celebrate Fathers’ Day. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Ultimate Oldies Revue Show which is free to the public.

The LaFontaine Center will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. also on Sunday. The center is located at 208 W. State Street and ice cream sundaes in the Historic Ballroom will be served to those attending.

JeFFFest completes Heritage Days at 6 p.m. in downtown. Music, food and fine art will be sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council. Eric Clancy will be the featured entertainer for two hours. Tickets will be sold that evening in $1 increments and be used to purchase the food items. A silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Bailey’s Coffee will also be available at JeFFFest.

Ongoing activities throughout the festival include the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Playhouse auction. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and are available around town. A window decorating contest will help to “decorate” the windows of businesses throughout the town and a coloring/essay contest will help children to explore their heritage. The winning entries of the coloring/essay contest will be posted in the corner building of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau in downtown Huntington.

Brochures with complete details about Heritage Days and its activities can be found at the Chamber office and at various locations throughout Huntington. Forms and information for various events are also located on the Chamber website at