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Parkview named 2015 Heritage Days sponsor

Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015

Heritage Days 2015 will be celebrated in Huntington Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21. The theme is “Broadcasting the 1930s” and the official sponsor has been named as Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Parkview Huntington Hospital is a part of Parkview Health Systems, Fort Wayne. The local hospital is celebrating 15 years in its current location at 2001 Stults Road in 2015. Juli Johnson is the president of Parkview Huntington Hospital.

This year’s theme will allow participants in the annual Heritage Days Parade and other activities to depict the history of the 1930s, an era when Huntington County, along with the rest of the country, were working to recover from the Great Depression. During the Depression years, most people did not have much money to spare. However, most people had radios and listening to the radio was free. International tensions were escalating and everyone gathered around the radio to hear daily news reports about Germany, Italy, Ethiopia and other places around the world.

Radio cabinets were designed and manufactured in Huntington by the Caswell-Runyan Company and the radio was constantly being improved. Other popular radio broadcasts were those that distracted listeners from their everyday struggles: comedy programs like Jack Benny, Amos ‘n’ Andy, soap operas, and sporting events. Movies also were popular attractions in the 1930s and The Wizard of Oz was produced in 1939. Programs such as the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Housing Administration helped to create jobs for the unemployed and build new public works such as schools, bridges, highways, parks and more.

Activities that will be a part of this year’s Heritage Days festivities include the traditional Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe breakfast at LaFontaine Golf Club on Thursday morning and the annual Rotary Strawberry Feed on Thursday evening at Hier’s Park. A car/antique vehicle, truck and motorcycle show within a 1930s celebration will take place on Friday evening in downtown Huntington. Saturday morning, the annual Heritage Days Parade will make its way down Jefferson Street. Saturday afternoon will bring a planned cornhole tournament and a Fun Zone full of children’s activities downtown. A hot air balloon festival will continue through the weekend with a car show, bed race and balloon glow all on Saturday at Huntington North High School.

Tours at the Historic Forks of the Wabash and tours/exhibits at the Huntington Historical Museum will also be a part of Saturday’s festivities. JeFFFest will take place on Sunday evening, June 21, in the center block of downtown completing the Heritage Days festivities.

Poor Jack’s Amusements will once again be the carnival of choice for 2015. Rides and activities will be located downtown from Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21. Streets involved with the carnival will close on Monday, June 15 at 3 p.m. to allow for set-up.

Heritage Days are coordinated by a Steering Committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Chamber at (260) 356-5300 or visit the website at www.huntingtoncountychamber.com.