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Old Fashion 4th held at Historic Forks

Posted: Friday, July 8, 2011

An Old Fashion 4th of July was celebrated by over 150 members of the community and guests at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Park on the morning of July 4th. Music, special speakers, tours of the historical buildings and food were a part of the event.

The celebration began with musical selections by the Erie Band under the direction of Thaine Campbell and guests were welcomed by Pat Bergdall, the director of the Huntington Historical Museum. Rev. Bill Rapp, Zion United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. American Legion Post 85 Honor Guard presented the Colors and Gene Snowden led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Company Singers represented by Rich McConnell and Rick Henly along with the Erie Band led the singing of the National Anthem. The Declaration of Independence was read by Matt Stephenson followed by a sing-a-long led by the Company Singers.

The key note speaker, Dan McCain, president of the Carroll County Wabash and Erie Canal Association, spoke about the beginnings of the canal in Huntington. This took place on July 3, 1835 when the first section of the canal opened from Huntington to Fort Wayne. McCain explained how the canal opened up trade with the east coast and created “ease” of travel for those wishing to reach that coast more easily. He went on to discuss his involvement with the restoration of a canal park in Delphi, Indiana.

The program closed with a musical selection by the Erie Band and remarks by Bergdall and Jim Scheiber, volunteer executive director of the Forks. Scheiber discussed the new addition to the visitor center building, which will open soon, and thanked all those who made the day possible. Those included Beacon Credit Union; all of the presenters of the program; Mike Stephan for the donation of the hog; Jan and Don Mathis, Marvin and Karen Eltzroth and PJ Eddie for the preparation of the side dishes and Randy Bellamy, Alice Sell, Paul DeWitt, Janet DeWitt and Kay Schwartz for their historical re-enactments.

Following the program a hog roast and additional foods were enjoyed by all those in attendance. The Fourth of July is celebrated each year at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Park is located at State Road 9 and Hwy. U.S.-24 West.