Author: Steve Kimmel

26 May LaFontaine Arts Council announces JeFFFest

The LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing will once again sponsor JeFFFest. The event will take place Sunday, June 18, in downtown Huntington from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature fun food, fabulous music and fine art. The art part of JeFFFest offers artists of all ages the opportunity to create a special work on a 5” x 7” canvas. These official JeFFFest canvases are $5 and can be purchased only at the frame shop, 419 N. Jefferson Street, during regular business hours, beginning Wednesday, May 3. Business hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Completed canvases are to be returned to Four Corner Custom Framing by Friday, June 9 at which time they become property of the LAC. They will be professionally framed and displayed for the silent auction at the frame shop beginning Friday, June 16. The silent auction concludes the evening of JeFFFest. Artists may purchase more than one canvas, and any media can be used on the canvas. Submissions must be dry and ready for framing when they are turned in. All proceeds from JeFFFest go toward the LaFontaine Arts Council’s “Arts in Education” programming. For more information about JeFFFest, contact LAC executive director Debbie Dyer at (260) 358-0055 or frame shop owner Paula Bittner at (260) 356-0650. In addition, both the LaFontaine Arts Council and JeFFFest have Facebook pages with photos and additional information....

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26 May Heritage Days “Bear Hunt” at Izaak Walton on June 18

A Heritage Days “Bear Hunt” will be held on the Izaak Walton League grounds, Hauenstein Road, Sunday, June 18. The new event will take place from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. for families with their children. Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, the “Bear Hunt” will include stuffed bears hidden throughout the club’s grounds. Families can purchase a “hunting license” for each child “hunting bear” for $5. Lunch is also part of the price which includes a hot dog, chips and drink. Each child can take the bear home that they find on the “Bear Hunt.”...

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18 May Warbirds on display, plane rides available at airport, June 18

World War II era warbirds will be on static display Sunday, June 18 at the Huntington Municipal Airport as part of the 2017 Heritage Days celebration. A T-Texan Warbird will also be available for paid rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited and a feed by the Civil Air Patrol will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Young Eagles Rally will also be a part of the event at the airport on June 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This rally is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 2 (EAA). It is part of a nationwide program that makes it possible for kids, age eight to 17, to have a free airplane ride, and introduce aviation to the youth of the nation. There is no entry fee for admittance to the airport, and all proceeds from the public feed will go to various projects the Civil Air Patrol has in progress....

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25 Apr Heritage Days celebration June 14 to 18, Gerdau official sponsor

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce along with area organizations and businesses will celebrate Huntington Heritage Days Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. The corporate sponsor of this year’s event is Gerdau Huntington Facility, 25 Commercial Road. Gerdau is one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world and the leading producer of long steel in the Americas. Gerdau's special steel North American division specializes in producing special bar quality (SBQ) steel for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural and energy markets. The business offers its customers a wide array of heat treated and value-added processed products. Mike Cash is the plant general manager of Gerdau’s Huntington Facility and Kendall Mickley is division controller. The Heritage Days theme, The 40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity,” will give those participating in Heritage Days an opportunity to show patriotism for the country and in the local community. The theme is part of the ongoing effort to “explore our heritage.” Heritage Days begins on Flag Day 2017, June 14 with a variety of activities. The official Heritage Days colors are red, white and blue. Parade entries and other Heritage Days activities are encouraged to incorporate the theme/colors in the entry or event. The official Heritage Days 2017 buttons, depicting the theme logo, are available for $2 at the Chamber office, 305 Warren Street. The button depicts a United States Air Force plane used in the 1940s. The plane is Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, which was a jet trainer aircraft, and one of the planes on display at Memorial Park as part of the park’s veterans’ memorial. Buttons can also be used to receive discounts at several Huntington businesses. The ABWA sponsored Brat Tent will take place the week prior to Heritage Days for 2017. The Brat Tent will open at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 E. Taylor...

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21 Apr Patriotism can be shown at Heritage Days Parade, buttons available

Those with a desire to show patriotism for the country and in the local community, in an open and very special way, are invited to join the 2017 Heritage Days Parade. This year’s theme, The 40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity, gives participants the opportunity to pay tribute to a time when great patriotism was alive and well in the United States. Heritage Days begins on Flag Day 2017, June 14, and continues through Sunday, June 18. The parade will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m., and the official colors are red, white and blue. There is a $25 entry fee and a certificate of liability (proof of insurance) should be available. Gerdau Huntington Facility, 25 Commercial Road, is the official sponsor of Heritage Days. Gerdau is one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world and the leading producers of long steel in the Americas. Gerdau’s special steel North American division specializes in producing special bar quality steel for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural and energy markets. The official Heritage Days 2017 button is now available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce office, 305 Warren Street. The button is $2 and depicts a United States Air Force plane used in the 1940s. The plane is a Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, which was a jet trainer aircraft, and one of the planes on display at Memorial Park as part of the park’s veterans’ memorial. For more information about Heritage Days contact the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce at (260) 356-5300 or visit www.huntingtoncountychamber.com or www.huntingtonheritagedays.com....

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03 Mar Heritage Days sponsor 2017, Gerdau Huntington Facility

Heritage Days 2017 will be celebrated in Huntington Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. The theme is The 40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity. Gerdau Huntington Facility, 25 Commercial Road, is the official sponsor as named by the Heritage Days Steering Committee. Gerdau is one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world and the leading producer of long steel in the Americas. Gerdau's special steel North American division specializes in producing special bar quality (SBQ) steel for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural and energy markets. The business offers its customers a wide array of heat treated and value-added processed products. Mike Cash is the plant general manager of Gerdau’s Huntington Facility and Kendall Mickley is division controller. This year’s Heritage Days theme will allow participants in the annual Heritage Days Parade and other activities to depict the history of the 1940s, an era when a time of war was beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and a time of celebration when World War II ended August 14, 1945. The attack on Pearl Harbor led to the enlistment of millions of U.S. servicemen and women. This would mark the first time men and women served in the U.S. military side by side. The entire country came together and the war changed everything including the way Americans worked, dressed and fell in love. At the end of the war, victory was felt in every corner of the globe as our country shifted from booming bombs to the baby boom. Through perseverance and the heart and the pride of our citizens, Americans survived the war and returned home to rebuild the country. Rationing ended and the demand for goods led manufacturing to resume. Heritage Days 2017 celebrates the indomitable spirit of the citizens of Huntington and the rebuilding of our...

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19 Jun Heritage Days parade winners

The winners of the Heritage Days Parade include: Best Youth Group, Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County; Best Adult Group, Pathfinder Services; Best Motorized Unit, Mizpah Racing Shriners; Best Antique Vehicle, Ageless Iron of Roanoke; Best Religious Unit, Central Christian Church; Best Theme Float, Norwood Health & Rehabilitation; Best Marching Color Guard, VFW Color Guard. Congratulations to the winners, plaques may be picked up in the Chamber office, 305 Warren Street, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m....

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10 Jun LaFontaine Arts Council announces food vendors

The LaFontaine Arts Council’s family-friendly community event JeFFFest will offer something to please everyone’s palate. The event will be held on Sunday, June 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Huntington. The JeFFFest “fun food” vendors and their offerings are as follows: The 509: Iced chai latte, herbal iced tea and hot coffee; The Rusty Dog Irish Pub: Real bacon cole slaw, shrimp and crab pasta salad, BBQ pulled-pork sliders; The Hoosier Drive-In: Mini tenderloins and baked beans; Kim’s Katered Affair: Plain and filled cupcakes; The Party Shop: Milk chocolate pecan turtles; L&D’S Saved Ice: Shaved ice; The Brick House: Crab cakes, stuffed baby bellas and strawberry shortcake; The Berg Ale Haus: Beer brats, hot dogs, German potato salad and chips; JD’S: Ham salad or chicken salad on a croissant, potato salad and macaroni salad; Moose & Millie’s: Gelato; The LaFontaine Arts Council: Bottled water and soft drinks. A limited amount of tables and chairs will be set up on Jefferson Street, but everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own seating to guarantee having a place to sit. The “fabulous music” of the event features Eric Clancy Jazz with soloist Shannon Persinger beginning at 6 p.m. The final component of JeFFFest comes from the “fine art” of local and area artists who created works of art on 5”x7” canvases, which are offered for silent auction until 8 p.m. that night. The artworks will be on display at Four Corners Custom Framing, and bid sheets will be on tables in front of the store. There is no admission charged for the event itself. Tickets in $1 increments will be sold at the Washington/Jefferson and Market/Jefferson intersections the evening of JeFFFest. These tickets can then be exchanged for the food items. All proceeds from JeFFFest go toward the LAC’s “Arts in Education” programming. For...

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10 Jun ABWA offering brat lunch deliveries again

The ABWA Brat Tent will open once again this year during the Heritage Days celebration, at its Hier’s Park location. The Hier’s Park Show Arena will be the place for brats, beverages and entertainment. ABWA plans to hold the Brat Tent on Friday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 18, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Moon Cats on Friday and Plan B on Saturday. Proceeds from the Brat Tent help ABWA to provide scholarships to students. Back again this year, if you would like to place an order from the ABWA Brat Tent, all you need to do is click here, print and fax your order. Your lunch order will be delivered to you. ABWA will only accept checks or cash upon delivery....

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10 Jun Participants still welcome to enter Heritage Days Bed Race

The cash prizes for the Heritage Days Bed Race, scheduled for Saturday evening, June 18, have been announced. The first place winner of the Heritage Days Bed Race will receive $500; second place, $200; third place, $100 and the People’s Choice Award is to be determined. The race is a double elimination event. The Heritage Days Bed Race will take place after the Hot Air Balloon Launch at Huntington North High School. Entry forms are available at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce office, 305 Warren Street, or online at www.huntingtonheritagedays.com. Entry forms along with the $25 entry fee can be mailed or brought to Juergens Hardware, 2850 N. Jefferson Street. Checks should be made payable to The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. No professional race beds will be permitted in the race. Beds and racers will need to be registered at 6 p.m. on June 18, the race will follow after the Hot Air Balloon Launch. Dan Juergens, Juergens Hardware and Heritage Days steering committee member, is the organizer of the Bed Race. For more information contact the Chamber at (260) 356-5300 or Dan Juergens at (260) 356-5214. Current sponsors of the Bed Race include Juergens Hardware, Johnson Quik Lube, Parkview Huntington Hospital and Rain Solutions....

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