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Heritage Days parade winners announced

Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012

The Chamber of Commerce sponsored Heritage Days 2012 offered something for every taste. Ice Cream and assorted treats were provided by the Huntington County Rescue Squad on the first night of the festival, Wednesday, June 20, at Hier’s Park. The Little Miss Heritage Days pageant was also held on Wednesday evening. The Chiefs breakfast followed on Thursday morning, July 21 with the Rotary Strawberry Feed in the evening. Event planners agree all events were well attended.

A record number of cars and tractors were exhibited at the car show on Friday evening while the crowd listened to the music of DJ Dick Smart. The Huntington County Sheriff’s Disaster Team sponsored the car show under the direction of Max Kaylor. Tractors were organized by Dave Reust.

The 49th Annual Heritage Days Parade was watched by thousands on Saturday, June 23. The day that followed was filled with a variety of activities from the Kids Fun Zone, a video game tournament, ABATE motorcycle activities, The Marketplace, carnival, hot air balloon festival, tours by the Historical Museum, Vaudeville at the Historic Forks of the Wabash and special foods offered by various organizations throughout the community. Sunday brought additional fun including JeFFFest in the evening.

The winners of the parade were Best Adult Group: First Federal Savings celebrating 100 years, sponsored by Bowers Jewelers; second place, Beacon Credit Union, Bowers Jewelers. Best Theme Float: Parkview Huntington Hospital, Mathew F. Capozza; second place, Christian Life Tabernacle, Mathew F. Capozza. Best Marching Band: Mizpah Bagpipes, Z-Place Pizza; second place, Mizpah Shrine Band, Z-Place Pizza. Best Marching Color Guard: Eagles Flag Team, Applebee’s; second place, Huntington County Cub and Boy Scouts, Applebees’s. Best Youth Group: Huntington North High School Dance Team, The Huntington County TAB; second place, Pathfinder Kids Kampus and AmRamp, The Huntington County TAB.

The Best Performing Unit: Huntington North Cheerleaders, The Country Post Inn. Best Motorized Unit, Mizpah Racing Shriners, Huggy Bear, Huntington; second place, MarkleBank, Huggy Bear, Huntington. Best Antique Vehicle, Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club, Zay Leasing & Rental; second place, Bradley Floor Covering, Zay Leasing & Rental. Best Religious Unit: Central Christian Church, Edward Jones – Chuck Harris, second place, The Awakening Community Church, Edward Jones – Chuck Harris. Best Horse Unit, Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club, Myers Funeral Home; second place, Indiana Mounted Regulators, Myers Funeral Home. Winners may pick up their plaques and certificates at The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce office, 305 Warren Street.

Festivities continued in the afternoon with the Kids Fun Zone including games, pony rides, bouncy houses and a petting farm. Kids and adults enjoyed the video games tournament and a new addition, Water Wars, a water balloon game. The Marketplace offered many items to purchase and Buy the Book offered information about Weekday Religious Education. A Flash Mob interrupted the afternoon with a music and dance routine including several dancers organized by Kandi Tom-Dunwiddie.

Late afternoon brought a flag burning ceremony by Boy Scout troop 637 and Cub Scout pack 3607. The Courthouse flag was retired and the scouts raised a new one. Flags brought for burning were cut up and will be burned at a later date when the current county burn ban is lifted.

The Heritage Days celebration moved to Huntington North High School in the evening for the hot air balloon festival. Hot air balloon rides were provided by nine different hot air balloon owners and a balloon glow took place on the high school lawn around 10 p.m.

The Parkview Health Samaritan helicopter and the Lutheran Health Network helicopter were on hand for tours. The Joy Pleaser clowns entertained children with balloon animals.

Sunday morning brought the Lions Club Fly-in Breakfast at the Huntington Municipal Airport where those in attendance enjoyed pancakes and sausage. The afternoon brought a Youth For Christ Golf Outing and a Heritage Pilgrimage at the Victory Noll Center followed by JeFFFest in the evening. A large crowd was entertained by JeFFFest in downtown Huntington. Jazz music, delicious foods and artwork were sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.