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Splash on the Wabash announces schedule

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014

The public is invited to Huntington’s newest festival, Splash on the Wabash, on Saturday, July 26. The festival’s highlight is an inner tube lazy river ride down the Wabash River and the day continues with a downtown bash with free activities, education and a riverside concert. The inner tube launch was originally an activity of area Boy Scouts in the 1980’s and the committee wanted to bring back this memorable experience to the residents of Huntington County.

“Many of the scouts who did the launch were very excited to see this event coming back,” commented Tina Bobilya, steering committee chairperson. She continued, “They all have very fond memories of floating down the river and all enjoyed it immensely.”

For the inner tube launch, participants will park at the Historic Forks of the Wabash and be transported via bus to the dam for the launch. Shuttles will be ongoing between 10 a.m. and Noon. Those wanting to participate should not report to the dam. The access road will be closed to the public. The event is open to individuals aged 10 and up. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available online at http://splashonthewabash.com.

Tickets are only $5 per person and individuals are responsible for bringing their own heavy duty tube and life jackets. (Life jackets are required. Inner tube rentals have been cut off at this time.) Also, river shoes must be worn on the day of the event.

Splash on the Wabash also features free activities from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Jefferson Street Bridge, downtown Huntington: Free Family activities 4-7 p.m. Includes hands-on learning booths, games, face painting, bubble activities, a tiki island maze with slides and mini paddle boats all with a fun water theme. A special treasure map will lead children to each of the educational booths with a special prize from Applebee’s for turning in a completed sheet.

Free Kayak Usage – from 4-7 p.m. Take a spin on the river in a kayak. Instructors will be available to help you learn how to use this great mode of transportation.

Festival Food and Libations – 4 to 10 p.m. (for purchase), there will be Prairie Pure Pork serving up grilled specialties. Zesto’s will have frozen ice cream delights. The Coney Cart will be serving up great dogs and Rabb Water will be there to quench your thirst. Brick House Grill will be onsite with a separate adult beverages section where you can chill out and listen to the music. The highlight will be a two man 30” pizza eating contest at 5 p.m. hosted by Jimmy Pop’s Pizza. Don’t miss it. To sign a up a team, call Jimmy Pops at (260) 200-1154.

Art Silent Auction – painted rain barrels 4 to 8 p.m. Rain barrels are an important part of river conservation and are a great canvas for local artists to showcase their talent. The rain barrels will be displayed downtown prior to the event and a silent auction will allow festival-goers the chance to take home their favorite. The auction closes at 8 p.m. Vote for your favorite artist to win People’s Choice Award, it’s just $1 per vote.

Free Concert – 6-10 p.m. Welcome to the “Island” in Downtown Huntington. Get ready to dance to the sounds of our musical entertainers, Island Vibe, playing the music of Jimmy Buffet and island style tunes. Guests are welcome to dress in their parrot head attire and to bring a chair or spread out a blanket to relax to enjoy the music.

For more information, visit http://splashonthewabash.com or call the Huntington County Visitor Bureau at (260) 359-8687.