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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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14 May Public invited to Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant

The public is invited to attend the Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant Wednesday evening, June 15 at 7 p.m. at Crestview Middle School. Girls in Huntington County, age five to 12 will participate in the Huntington Heritage Days event. Two divisions will be judged including Little Miss Heritage Days for girls, age five to eight, and Junior Miss Heritage Days, age nine to 12. Contestants will be judged on Interview, Modeling and Photogenic qualities. Dawne Pearson and Janelle Buzzard are the co-chairs of the event. Tickets are available from contestants and at the door the evening of the pageant for $4....

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22 Apr Heritage Days celebration includes location, parade changes

The 2016 Heritage Days celebration will have a new location for the carnival and Kids Zone, and the parade will have a change of route. Indiana Celebrating 200 Years kicks off on Wednesday, June 15 with an evening with the carnival and runs through Sunday, June 19. Pathfinder Services is the official sponsor of Heritage Days. The carnival runs from Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19, and will move from its former Warren Street location to Cherry Street and some adjoining areas. The Kids Zone, which begins after the parade on Saturday, June 18, will also be located on Cherry Street. Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce said, “The decision to change the location of Heritage Days activities this year, including the carnival and Kids Fun Zone to Cherry Street, was made as fewer businesses will be affected by the activities and there will be less street closures.” The Heritage Days Parade, Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m., will line up at Huntington North High School and along MacGahan Street as usual. It then follows down Jefferson Street to Park Drive. At Park Drive the parade will turn left and follow to Warren Street, turning right and following Warren Street to the railroad tracks. The route will continue right on State Street and follow on to South Jefferson Street concluding at Etna Avenue. Participants in this year’s parade are invited to celebrate Indiana’s 200th Birthday through their entry. Indiana became a state December 11, 1816, and even though Huntington was not yet a town, area residents have contributed toward many developments in the state. Work on the canal, lime for building use throughout the country, the development of railroads and contributions to the health, automotive, food, and other industries all have come from Huntington County....

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22 Apr New Cycling Festival part of Heritage Days June 18

A new event has been added to the Heritage Days schedule of activities for 2016. The Heritage Days Cycling Festival will be held on Saturday, June 18 beginning at 3 p.m. It will take place at the Pathfinder Services parking lot, 2824 Theatre Avenue. No Limit Cycling presented by Steppin’ Physical Therapy and Spokesmen Cycling of Huntington are bringing the new bicycle event to Huntington. It is a national level USA Cycling event that will showcase the city of Huntington and present the health benefits of cycling and how cycling can lead to a healthier community and active lifestyle. The festival also includes a Health and Fitness Expo, food truck and more. The sponsors believe that the Heritage Days Cycling Festival as a USA Cycling event will draw around 200 racers and their families to Huntington. It is a criterium style event, a bicycle race consisting of several laps around a closed circuit. The length of each lap or circuit ranges anywhere from a half mile to a little over a mile. The races will take place on the Pathfinder Services campus and the northwest business park. There will be six different races held during the event with experience levels ranging from the weekend warrior to the seasoned professional rider. For more information contact, Andy Grote, club president/team manager, (260) 710-1023 or email agrote27@gmail.com. For additional information and the times of each race, visit their Facebook page here....

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22 Apr Huntington County Disaster Team Car, Truck Show, June 18

The Huntington County Disaster Team will hold a Car and Truck Show on Saturday, June 18, 2015 as part of the Heritage Days celebration. The show will be held on the west side of Huntington North High School from 3 to 8 p.m. Registration for the show will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. with a $10 fee. Cars will enter from MacGahan Street. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 vehicles registered. Door prizes will be given out at registration. Awards will be given to 10 pre-1970 vehicles. Ten awards will also be presented to vehicles that are dated from 1971 to the present. Five special awards will also be given away. Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. and those awarded must be present to win. The evening portion of the car show will also include the Heritage Days Bed Race and Hot Air Balloon Launch and Glow. Food will be available for purchase and DJ Dick Smart, of Smart Productions D.J. & Karaoke for all occasions, will provide music. For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Max Kaylor at (260) 224-3535. Pathfinder Services is the official sponsor of Heritage Days and the 2016 theme is Indiana Celebrating 200 Years....

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16 Apr Participants needed for Heritage Days Bed Race June 18

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, Parkview Huntington Hospital, Rain Solutions and Johnson Quik Lube. The theme of Heritage Days for 2016 is Indiana Celebrating 200 Years and Pathfinder Services is the official sponsor. The Huntington County Disaster Team Car Show will take place at Huntington North High School from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. also on June 18. Food from various organizations will be available for purchase....

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