Autumn is in the air and its time to celebrate Huntingdon’s 27th annual Heritage Day Festival. Here are 5 things to know:
1. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.
It all begins this Saturday at 10 a.m. on the town’s historic Court Square. Activities will go on all day and won’t end until 5 p.m.
“The public is invited to join this free all-day special event honoring the rich history of Carroll County and Huntingdon, its county seat,” said Katie Dill, the town’s administrative assistant. “This year marks the 27th annual Heritage Day and its longstanding tradition. The festival’s schedule promises to deliver fun and entertainment.”
2. Ed and Sarah Smith family will be honored as Pioneer Family
The morning starts with Mayor Dale Kelley presenting a couple of special honors. The Ed and Sarah Smith family, who have deep community roots and contributed positively to the legacy of Huntingdon, will be honored as the Pioneer Family. Mike Cary, CEO of Carroll Bank & Trust, will be presented the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award. The honors will be presented from the stage on the east side of the Court Square.
3. Several activities available
Festival goers can expect to enjoy a cruise-in, pony rides, inflatables, ISTEA train rides, face painting and mudslinger’s pottery, and vendor booths for jewelry, clothing, crafts, food, snow cones, and ice cream, along with music and entertainment acts on two stages.
There will be a corn-hole tournament hosted by Huntingdon First Baptist Church. Registration for the tournament will be from 9 – 11 a.m. and the tournament will last from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. You can sign up at the First Baptist Church booth located in front of The Zone.
4. 5K run begins at 8 a.m., Registration at 7 a.m.
There will also be a St. Jude Heritage Festival Main Street 5K Run that will take place on Saturday morning. Registration for the run begins at 7 a.m. with race time to start at 8 a.m. at Hometown Fitness, located just off the Court Square. There will be awards given in each age group.
The children’s stage, sponsored by the Huntingdon Animal Clinic, will feature family entertainment.
Line-up for Huntingdon Animal Clinic Kids Stage located in the parking lot of Mudslingers.
Emcee – Tim Parish
11 a.m. – Paris Landing State Park Birds of Prey Presentation.
11:30 a.m. – Dixie Carter PAC Reading of “Llama, Llama” by Trudy Radford.
12:00 p.m. – Paris Landing State Park Reptile Presentation.
12:30 p.m. – Carroll County Library presents “We’re Wild about Reading.”
1:00 p.m. – (sign posted to visit Art Gallery).
1:30 p.m. (sign posted to visit Art Gallery).
2:00 p.m. – Birdsong School of Music Mini-Concert.
2:30 p.m. – HHS Science Club.
The Carroll Bank & Trust Bandstand Stage will host a variety of live music acts from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Music Line-Up on the
Carroll Bank & Trust Bandstand Stage
11 a.m. – 12 noon – Brooke & Leslie Cooper and Frank Dodd.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – The Jordan Skota Band.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Jon & Anna Eaton.
3:30-4:30 – The Old 23rd District.