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JUNE 2012 In this edition of Wabash Valley Living, we’re taking a closer look at some of the upcoming festivals and community events in Adams, Jay and Wells counties. The big annual festival in Bluffton, of course, is the Bluffton Free Street Fair, celebrated each September. But, we think you’ll enjoy learning about a couple smaller events there, as well—Touch a Truck, in June, and the Cardboard Boat Race, in August. In Decatur, thousands turn out each August for the Kekionga Festival. However, we wanted our readers to be aware of two other events, too—the Motor Sports Festival and the Flat 50 Plus Bike Ride, both in June. And, in Portland, the annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show is the biggest event of its kind in the country. But, don’t miss out on Kustoms of America’s Hoosier Rod and Kustom Nationals, in June, and the Vintage Motor Bike Show, in July. One more thing—be sure to pull out the special calendar inserts at the center of this issue to track other events this month in nearby communities. Thank you for continuing to support our publication and area businesses through your readership and interest in Wabash Valley Living!

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School Notes Summer Learning

The term “21st century skills” is getting attention today. This term refers to a list of skills which are important in today’s workforce and which will become increasing important in the next decade. The list varies from source to source but often includes communication, collaboration, problem solving, and lifelong learning. Developing a habit of lifelong learning is critical. The world is changing rapidly, and being a continual learner will allow a person to adapt to the changes. Thus, it is important to develop habits of lifelong learning in children while they are of school-age. There is no better time for parents to practice these lifelong learning habits with their children than right now…during summer vacation. The importance of summer time learning should not be minimized. The National Summer Learning Association states, “All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” (www.summerlearning.org) We would expect an athlete’s or a musician’s performance to suffer if they didn’t practice. Likewise, if kids are not engaged in ongoing learning activities over the summer, they are going to lose academic ground in reading, writing, and math.

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To combat these academic losses, parents can find summer learning programs in their community. Start with the public libraries. Both the Berne and Geneva libraries have summer reading programs. These programs tend to be geared towards elementary students. However, middle school and high school students can make it a habit to visit the library to check out and read books on countless topics of interest. The library is also a great place to find out about other opportunities in the community. There may be events at the Swiss Heritage Village, the Limberlost Cabin, and Loblolly Swamp. If you have a computer and internet access, there are a whole host of free learning websites like the Khan Academy where students can hone their academic skills. For more specific ideas, checkout O’Connell’s Top 10 Tips for Summer Learning at www. exceptionalparents.org and search for “Top Ten Suggestions.” Developing the habits of being a lifelong learner are paramount in today’s world. With just a little extra effort, parents can promote these habits and find opportunities to keep their children reading, writing, and computing math problems to minimize the effects of summer learning losses.

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ids love trucks. It’s a commonly known and universally accepted fact. The Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department has managed to take that fascination and turn it into an event that the entire family can enjoy—Touch a Truck. Touch a Truck has been going on for around 10 years now. The premise is very simple. “You literally get to touch a truck,” says Pam Vanderkolk, of the Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department. But there’s more to it than that. You can get inside the trucks, honk the horns, and take

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pictures to capture the memories. These are a few reasons Touch a Truck has become the popular family event it is today. Pam first heard about a similar event from another city’s parks department at a conference. “I thought it was the goofiest thing I’d ever heard of,” Pam admits. But, the department tried it, anyway. “The first year, there were ten to twenty trucks,” Pam recalls, “but it has grown significantly from there.”


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In the past few years, Touch a Truck has been fortunate enough to include everything from fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances to cement mixers, tractors, and semis. They once even managed to get a military Hummer. “We take anything we can get our hands on,” says Pam. Many of these

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Many entries do, in fact, come from various citizens’ private vehicle collections, who donate refurbished and well-maintained trucks of their own. While this may at first sound like an event geared toward children, it has turned out to be something that the entire family can enjoy together. This particular event is for “everyone from little kids in strollers, to senior citizens,” as Pam puts it. Touch a Truck is proud to entertain an estimated crowd of 300 to 400 each year. Much of the draw towards the event is credited to the fact that it is completely free. Touch a Truck is always held the Saturday before Father’s Day (this year, it falls on June 16) at Washington Main Commons, between Washington Street and Main Street from 9 a.m. to noon. There’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day! Be sure to attend this year’s Touch a Truck! WVL

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n a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite like spending a day at the pool. And, it’s a special treat if you happen to be there during the annual cardboard boat race. The cardboard boat race is put on by the Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department. For the past eight years, on the first Wednesday of August, the Wells Community Pool is filled with creative and colorful entries. The rules are simple. “Take a cardboard box and turn it into a boat two people can fit in,” says Pam Vanderkolk of the Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department.

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The use of any kind of sealant is prohibited. However, there’s no rule concerning what you decorate your boat with, just so long as it doesn’t affect the boat’s ability to float. The race contestants have been known for their creativity. “One year, we had a pirate’s ship with a crow’s nest,” recalls Pam. Another particularly memorable entry included a highly-detailed airplane. The department borrowed the idea from another town that holds a similar race. “We’re always scouring the internet for new ideas,” says Pam.


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that instantly sunk to the bottom—just to win the Titanic Award. This year’s race is shaping up to be even more exciting. The lifeguards at the Wells Community Pool will host other events, including a dunk tank, in an effort to raise money for the charity Kickin’ for a Cause. Contestants in the race get in for free, but any spectators pay a $2 admission fee. Past races have been known to draw up to 300 spectators. Those interested in racing can register atwww. blufftonindiana.net on the Parks Department page. “It really is a lot of fun,” Pam assures. “Even if you’re not a participant, it’s a lot of fun to watch.” WVL

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students, primarily fourth graders. One of the big events of the day was the firing of a cannon by the group depicting the Civil War. Many students didn’t realize the noise involved with cannon shots. “I liked the way the cannon made the loud

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nyone who has lived in Bluffton for some time most likely has at least one fond memory of the Bluffton Free Street Fair. Its numerous events cater to all different kinds of people and always provide the community with something to enjoy.

The first Street Fair was held in 1898. Although that was 114 years ago, the upcoming fair will be the 103rd, due to various world events, such as World War II. The Street Fair has become one of the most beloved traditions in Wells County.

The Street Fair is a time when downtown Bluffton is almost completely transformed for five days in September. Whether you’re there looking for a ride to be thrilled on, or some good food to eat, you’ll find it at the Street Fair. The streets are filled with rides, games, and places to eat.

When it first began, the fair proved to be a good chance for people to see the “Parlor City’s” new paved streets.

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“It was originally geared toward agriculture,” says Tom Elliot, president of the Street Fair committee. “It was the county fair.”


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The agricultural theme lasted for quite some time, although the current generation may not remember it. “Ask your parents,” says Tom. “They’ll talk about how there used to be tents full of chickens.” However, through the years, it has changed from an “agricultural 4-H type theme to what it is today—more of a place to eat, go on rides, be with friends and family, and watch events and musical concerts.” The Street Fair of today doesn’t see too many changes from year to year. “If we find something that works well, we stick with it,” says Tom. Considering that each night the fair accommodates an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 attendees, it appears that it works very well. The Street Fair’s biggest attraction is Poor Jack Amusements. Poor Jack is a family-owned company from Cambridge City, Indiana. “They’re good folks, well-liked in the community,” says Tom. Each year, the Poor Jack employees begin setting up their rides and games the night before the fair opens, making sure they will be ready for everyone to enjoy the next day. “It’s basically a community-run event,” says Tom. Apart from the amusement rides, most of the fair activities are run by volunteers. “The committee’s job is to make sure individual functions go on.” The Bluffton

Street Fair committee consists of 21 directors and several chairpersons. “It’s truly a group effort.” The first day of the fair, which is always on a Tuesday, features the opening night parade. The parade brings in large crowds of spectators, excited to see the festive floats made by area organizations. Thousands watch as city vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances, show off with sirens wailing. The parade’s Grand Marshal also rides along. The Grand Marshal is an honorary position that is bestowed upon someone in order to thank them for a service to the community. “It might be someone who’s lived in Bluffton for a number of years,” explains Tom. One year, it was the owners of Richard’s Restaurant. Sometimes it’s a local celebrity, like Sandy Thomson from the local CBS news station. On Wednesday, there are two parades. The band parade is dedicated to marching bands from various area schools. Although this used to be a competition, all bands are now rewarded for participating with a sum of money. The antique car parade is just that: a parade for antique cars. Thursday is the day for the industrial parade. This is the time for local business to get some good advertising in front of potential customers. As entertaining as these parades are, they’re hardly the only reason to go to the fair.

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“Street Fair Idol has been going on for three years,” remarks Tom. Street Fair Idol— like its television counterpart—is a singing completion, and has garnered a rather large fan base. The local band Spike and the Bulldogs usually plays a concert, managing to draw an impressive crowd each year. Another event for music lovers involves high school students. “Show choir competitions have been held for a lot of years,” says Tom. One of the more adorable events at the fair is, without a doubt, the baby race. On Saturday, parents sign up their babies for a fast crawl to the finish line. “If you have the fastest baby, you win a free washer,” explains Tom. The wiener dog race is another fun and festive event for anyone who happens to have a really fast wiener dog. Some who have been attending the fair for many years may not even be aware of the horse show, held at the Bluffton 4-H Park. One of the largest events at the horse show is the horse pull—a contest to see how far

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your horse can pull a specific amount of weight. The horse show brings competitors in from far and wide. “People drive a hundred and fifty miles to put their horses in the horse pull.” For those interested in nature, flower displays are available to view and enjoy at the Bluffton City Gym. “The flower competition is something that has stayed with the fair since the old days.” When the fair’s in town, you know that you will be able to get your hands on some good food. There are burgers, walking tacos, pizza, mozzarella sticks, fish sandwiches, elephant ears and other fair goodies. “The fair is free—there’s no admission fee,” says Tom. Although, the rides, games, and food are not free, there’s plenty to enjoy at no cost. The parades, contests, and events are all free to attend. This year, the Street Fair falls on September 18-22. There’s something there for everyone to enjoy at the fair, and it’s always a great time to make lasting memories. WVL


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to all vehicles—cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles.

Wes Kuntzman, Executive Director of the Chamber, says “The festival is open

“Those registered are displayed on Second and Madison streets in beautiful downtown Decatur. The historic Adams County courthouse provides a splendid backdrop for the festival.”

ooking for a summertime event to draw visitors to downtown Decatur, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce organized the first annual Motor Sports Festival twelve years ago.

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WARM WEATHER FESTIVALS & EVENTS According to Kuntzman, the Motor Sports Festival was held over Independence Day weekend its first year. When this proved to be less than ideal timing, chamber officials moved the festival to June the following year. Scheduling was further adjusted becase of comfort, says Kuntzman. “The festival was originally held on Saturday, but the heat of summer led the chamber to move the event to Friday evening. “Friday evening has proved to be very successful, with a large increase in the number of participants—both those displaying vehicles, and those coming to view the vehicles.” The first 150 entries will receive dash plaques, and other prizes will include Mayor’s Award, Committee’s Choice Award, Club Participation, and Best Interior, Paint & Engine. Separate award categories have been designated for tractor and motorcycle entries. Pre-registration is $10 per entry, while registration the day of the festival is $12 per entry. Kuntzman estimates that 125 to 150 vehicle owners participate, typically. And, like most festivals, a number of food vendors are on hand to raise funds for a variety of local nonprofit organizations. A unique feature of Decatur’s Motor Sports Festival, perhaps, involves the performing arts. Students of local dance schools perform as part of the entertainment. A motor sports-related swap meet is planned for the evening, as well, and will be held regardless of the weather. WVL

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ccording to Rick Lictenberger, owner of Rick’s Bike Shop, Decatur resident Mike Jennings “had a lot to do with” the origin of Decatur’s Blazing Saddles Bicycle Club. “I think in the eighties, he was riding eight thousand miles a year on his bike,” Rick says. “In the later part of 1979, we started the club with just a few members—Mike, Rick Aeschliman, and Jim Schroeder were a few of the starting members.” The club members had already considered organizing a bike ride when the local chapter of the the American Heart Association approached them about a fundraising bike ride. “We planned a ride for the Remember When Days of Decatur in April of 1980,” recalls Rick, “but when the weather turned cold with snow forecasted for the weekend, the start at the courthouse steps looked like a no show. “Only a few had showed up, and we were about to call off the ride when a group of avid riders from the Fort Wayne Velo-Sport Bike Club arrived. We had about twenty-one riders then. “We did see snow flurries, but we enjoyed the adventure.”

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Today, the Flat 50 Plus Bike Ride is held in June, assuring riders of warmer temperatures. And, the event sponsors now include the Adams County Heart Club and the Decatur Optimists Club. In more recent years, event organizers have also added routes with varying distances, aiming to appeal to “family riders, as well as serious riders who enjoy 100 miles at a time.” Stops include spots in Wilshire, Ohio, Monroe, Berne and Geneva. The Flat 50 attracts three to four hundred riders per year. In the late 1990s, the ride was named the “Best Country Tour” by...... Club member Jack Green says, “A good way to prepare for any of the distances is to join in the weekly rides—that information can be found on our Facebook page under the events tab. The club also has an offshoot, called Club 101 of Decatur, that is focused on beginning riders. This group works together to get ready for the Flat 50 each year.” WVL

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12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Washington Park (260)824-6069

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Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

7th Annual

Car & Truck Show 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. River of Life Church (260)824-3903

Ivan Parker

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

10th

Grandpa & Me

Building Project 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Kehoe Park Pavilion (260)824-6069

Howl at the Moon with A Wild Thing Tune 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Wells Co. Library (260)824-1612

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Art in the Park

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Washington Park (260)824-6069

16th

Forgotten Children

Worldwide Golf Benefit 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Timber Ridge Golf Course (260)353-1580

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Children’s Garage Sale

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Washington Main Commons (260)824-6069

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Food Preservation Workshop 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. City Hall, 2nd Floor (260)824-6069

21st

Culinary Road Trip 12:15 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

Archery Clinic

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. City Gym (260)824-6069

22nd

Art in the Park

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Washington Park (260)824-6069

Fencing Clinic

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. City Gym (260)824-6069

23rd

Touch a Truck

Farmer’s Market

Whisnants

Southern Sound

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Washington Main Commons (260)824-6069 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

19th - 21st

Persistent Pioneers

12th

Amish Culinary Delights

Summer Day Camp 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Oubache State Park (260)468-2127

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

Jazz on the Patio 7:00 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

26th

City of Lights Travelogue 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Wells Co. Library (260)824-1612

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2nd

Weight Watchers

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

4th

Cozy Christian Readers Book Discussion 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

Moms Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

Poetry Coterie

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

Healthcare Provider

CPR Class 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145 ext. 2256

Father’s Day Craft 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

5th

Organic Bread Making 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145 ext. 1480

9th

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

11th

Sleeping Beauty Puppet Show 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

Moms Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

Sleeping Beauty

Puppet Show 6:30 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

12th

In Our Own Voice

Living w/Mental Illness 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Park Center (260)724-9669

14th

Farmer’s Market

6th

Photos, Families

& Fundamentals 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

7th

Farmer’s Market

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

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Weigh-In & Meeting 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Weight Watchers

Weigh-In/Meeting 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

15th

Motor Sports Festival 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Downtown (260)724-2604

16th

Touch a Truck

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2520

Benefit Auction

10:00 a.m. Golden Meadows Home (260)724-5375

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

18th

Moms Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

All Books Considered Book Discussion 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

20th

Photos, Families

& Fundamentals 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

21st

Snakehead Ed

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

Farmer’s Market

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

Weight Watchers

Weigh-In/Meeting 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

23rd

Flat 50 Plus Bike Tour 7:30 a.m. Bellmont High School (260)724-2705

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Relay for Life

12:00 p.m. Adams Central Schools http://www.relayforlife.org

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

24th

Service of Hope

10:00 a.m. Adams Central Schools http://www.relayforlife.org

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25th

Moms Support Group 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145

28th

Farmer’s Market

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 6:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

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Weight Watchers

Weigh-In/Meeting 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital

30th

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REGIONAL EVENTS

ADAMS CO.

26th

23rd

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Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

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Monroe Lions Club 5k Run/Walk 8:15 a.m. Adams Central, Monroe (260)692-6819

Blood Pressure Checks

BLUFFTON 2nd

5th

Blood Pressure Checks 8:15 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Senior Bingo

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Youth Fishing Derby 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Ouabache State Park (260)824-0926

Down East Boys 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

9th

9th

Saturday Nite @ the Village 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swiss Village, Berne (260)589-3173

12th

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

19th

Senior Bingo 8:30 a.m. McDonald’s (260)589-2327

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

22nd

Strawberries & Jazz

8:00 p.m. Muensterberg Plaza, Berne (260)589-8080

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

7th Annual

Car & Truck Show 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. River of Life Church (260)824-3903

Ivan Parker

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Southern Sound 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

Jazz on the Patio 7:00 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

JAY COUNTY 9th - 10th

Gathering of Great Lakes

Nations Pow Wow 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tri-State Grounds, Portland (765)426-3022

13th

Safe Sitter Program 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jay County Hospital (260)726-7131

JCH Foundation Golf Tournament Benefit 12:30 p.m. Portland Golf Club (260)726-1811

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

23rd

16th

4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Jay County High School (260)251-4641

Forgotten Children

Worldwide Golf Benefit 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Timber Ridge Golf Course (260)353-1580

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Touch a Truck

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Washington Main Commons (260)824-6069

Whisnants

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

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Walk Against Cancer

28th - 30th

Kustoms of America Car Show Tri-State Club Grounds (260)726-8006

30th

Limberlost Trail Blazer 5k Run/Walk 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh (260)368-7428

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Farmer’s Market 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Wet & Wacky Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wells Community Pool (260)824-1550

Pops Concert

7:30 p.m. Ouabache State Park (260)824-5222

28th

Photographer’s Forum 6:30 p.m. Creative Arts Center (260)824-5222

29th

Art in the Park

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Washington Park (260)824-6069

30th

Farmer’s Market

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza (260)824-6412

Relay for Life

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bluffton High School (260)471-3911

Kingsmen Quartet 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn (260)827-0362

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ADAMS CO.

26th

2nd

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

Monroe Lions Club 5k Run/Walk 8:15 a.m. Adams Central, Monroe (260)692-6819

Blood Pressure Checks

DECATUR 2nd

5th

Blood Pressure Checks 8:15 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Senior Bingo

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s, Berne (260)589-2327

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

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Blazing Saddles Club

Weekly Bicycle Ride 1:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital info@decaturblazingsaddles.com

5th

Organic Bread Making 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital (260)724-2145 ext. 1480

6th

Photos, Families

Saturday Nite @ the Village 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swiss Village, Berne (260)589-3173

12th

& Fundamentals 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

7th

Farmer’s Market

Benefit Auction

10:00 a.m. Golden Meadows Home (260)724-5375

23rd

Flat 50 Plus Bike Tour 7:30 a.m. Bellmont High School (260)724-2705

Relay for Life

12:00 p.m. Adams Central Schools http://www.relayforlife.org

JAY COUNTY 9th - 10th

Gathering of Great Lakes

Nations Pow Wow 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tri-State Grounds, Portland (765)426-3022

13th

Safe Sitter Program 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jay County Hospital (260)726-7131

JCH Foundation Golf

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2604

Tournament Benefit 12:30 p.m. Portland Golf Club (260)726-1811

11th

23rd

Senior Bingo

Puppet Show 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library (260)724-2605

4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Jay County High School (260)251-4641

Blood Pressure Checks

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Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

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Sleeping Beauty

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s (260)589-2327

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion (260)589-4496

22nd

Strawberries & Jazz

8:00 p.m. Muensterberg Plaza, Berne (260)589-8080

4

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Motor Sports Festival 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Downtown (260)724-2604

16

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Touch a Truck

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Riverside Center (260)724-2520

Walk Against Cancer

28th - 30th

Kustoms of America Car Show Tri-State Club Grounds (260)726-8006

30th

Limberlost Trail Blazer 5k Run/Walk 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh (260)368-7428

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by Amy M. Orr

he word “kekionga” is Native American, meaning “blackberry bush.” Kekionga was once the central village of the Miami Indian culture in northeast Indiana.

German, Hispanic, pioneers. After the fourth year, it was decided to focus on the 1840s-era pioneer and Native American culture.

According to Decatur Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wes Kuntzman, it was this culture, along with that of early pioneers, that inspired the city’s Kekionga Festival. “There was a desire to highlight the culture and heritage of Decatur and nothern Adams County,” he explains.

“The living history village has become the centerpiece of the festival. What started as a small event at the Riverside Center has grown into a citywide event.”

“The first few years, different cultural groups that impacted Decatur were featured—

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The Chamber spends an entire year planning the next year’s festival. In fact, Kuntzman says planning for the next year begins just a month after the current festival ends.


WARM WEATHER FESTIVALS & EVENTS KEKIONGA FESTIVAL - August 23-26, 2012 While a twelve-member committee handles event planning, there are many more volunteers involved in making the festival happen. “I would guess around a hundred,” says Kuntzman.

hold its Day of Fire Biker Blessing and Ride. The Decatur Ministerial Association will sponsor an old-fashioned praise and worship service on the following Wednesday evening, August 22.

He believes around five or six thousand attend the festival, but with events scattered around the city—and no “gate” entrance—it’s difficult to come up with an exact number.

As the city gears up for the weekend festival, a few major community events will take place on Thursday, including the popular Taste of Decatur, the unveiling of a Sculpture Walk, and an artists’ reception.

In addition to the pioneer village or living history encampment, the City of Decatur hosts downtown sidewalk sales, as well as the North Adams Art Show.

According to the Decatur Sculpture Walk Committee, the walk “will be a year-round outdoor/indoor exhibit with up to a total of 16 sculptures. The figures sponsored will include eight outdoor and eight indoor works.

This year, says Kuntzman, the festival will land a major addition—the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers. “This chainsaw carving team demonstrates all over the Midwest, and is featured in a television show,” he explains.

“The sculptures will be owned by the artists and loaned to the program. All sculptures will be for sale to the public and featured in the Decatur Sculpture Walk brochure that highlights this year’s event.”

While the primary festival activities are held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the community has added other events in the days preceeding. For example, a community-wide garage sale day is planned for the previous Friday and Saturday—August 17 and 18. Also on August 18th, the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will host a benefit for Riley Children’s Hospital. And, the Bridge Church has planned a car show the same day.

Kuntzman says his favorite event of the Kekionga Festival is the Mayor’s Challenge, which is planned for Friday, August 24th. He explains, “Decatur Mayor John Schultz and the mayor of Berne—this year, Mayor Bill McKean—participate in events of ‘skill.’ “These events include starting a fire with flint and steel, a hatchet throw, and a skillet toss. The winner gets bragging rights and possession of the coveted Tomahawk Trophy. “This is a traveling trophy that has finally come home to Decatur after spending the first two years of the challenge in Berne.” WVL

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ustoms of America invites car enthusiasts to the 2012 Hoosier Rod and Kustom Nationals on June 2830. Bob Cummins, of Coldwater, Ohio and Jim Auker, of Portland, Indiana recently acquired ownership of the car club, whose membership has climbed beyond the 5,000 mark, worldwide. The weekend kicks off Thursday evening with an Early-bird Cruise-in, sponsored by and located at the Portland Holiday Inn Express and Wings and Rings restaurant. Last year there were about 30 cars on display at the cruise-in. This year, Auker says he is expecting 50-60 cars in the show.

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On Friday morning at 9 a.m., the cars will gather at the Jay County Fairgrounds for the main show. That evening, the cars will cruise to Bearcreek Farms at 6:00, with a police escort. The show will return to the fairgrounds on Saturday from 9:00-6:00, with live music until 8 p.m., when trophies and awards will be presented in a variety of categories. One of the more unusual cars at last year’s show was the Jetsons’ Bubble car, owned by a man in Michigan. “I’m looking to talk to Carl Casper in Louisville, who owns 50-75 cars,” says


WARM WEATHER FESTIVALS & EVENTS HOOSIER ROD & KUSTOM NATIONALS Auker. “He owns a Batmobile and a Monkee Mobile. I’d like to have the Batmobile in Portland this year, if he’ll let us.” “A custom car means the outside of it is changed drastically. They change the headlights, put different grills in, they lower them, they chop the top…” “What you call a street rod is when you take an old car, remove the old-style

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Model cars, like the custom cars, have part of one model glued to a different model, Auker explains. He adds, “These owners are very protective of their model cars. Who knows how many hours they’ve worked on them?” The show would not be complete without some imports & foreign cars. “Last year we

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he Jay County Fairgrounds will be abuzz with the sound of old motor bikes July 9th -13th, with the 40th Annual Vintage Motor Bike Club Meet. Retired club president, Rick Gabbard, of Winchester, Indiana, says that last year’s meet brought nearly 6,000 attendees through the fairground gates in Portland. The primary purpose of the event is to display motorized bicycles and scooters of the past, and to provide members an opportunity to buy, sell, and trade parts, literature and machines. The public is welcome to participate in all events for just $5 per day. Parking is free.

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The event kicks off Tuesday afternoon with an Early Bird Ride. Flea market booths will be open throughout the week, offering a variety of vintage motor bike parts and memorabilia. “In the evening,” says Gabbard, “we’ll have 100-150 scooters in a parade through the fairgrounds—and we may go through downtown Portland.” Wednesday’s highlights include a slow morning ride (20 mph) for all vintage motor bikes and scooters. “Vintage” refers to motor bikes and machines which were manufactured at least 25 years ago. An auction of vintage motor bikes and parts takes place in the afternoon.


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In the evening, there are plans for a “moonlight ride,” where approximately 100 scooters will participate in a 100-mile roundtrip escapade.

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A Thursday morning “Poker Run” will allow owners of the vintage motorbikes and machines to move at their own pace,

Those who have registered for Thursday night’s banquet will travel to Romer’s Catering in St. Henry, Ohio. The event

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will conclude early Friday morning, with trophies, awards and prizes for show bikes. Gabbard warns, “If you wait until Friday, it’ll be too late. All the motor bikes will be gone.”

For more information about the event, see website for the Vintage Motor Bike Club at http://vintagemotorbike.org WVL

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hat began in Ohio, nearly five decades ago, with a few antique engines has grown to what Al Confer pronounces “the biggest antique tractor and engine show in the world.” Confer, the past president of Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, says, “Twelve guys took their engines over to Fort Recovery to show. The next year, there was something else happening at Fort Recovery, so they moved the show to Portland. “It’s been here ever since, and it just kept getting bigger.” This year, the August event expects more than 3,000 antique engines and 800 tractors on display. The physical labor and

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the training of workers start well before the show’s opening day. “A week-and-a-half ahead of time, all the directors come in with at least 80 volunteers,” explains Jack Rouch, current President of the Association. “Each year, Al has to retrain the gate people and train any new parking people, prior to the show. “In setting up the campground, we put up a mile and a quarter of fencing within three hours. We lay down electrical lines and put up nearly 200 signs. We are busy from the minute we get here.” Confer says, “We have eight buildings to move—we pick them up by hand and put them on a trailer to haul over to the fairgrounds.”


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On Wednesday, the week before the show, people start setting up their engines in designated areas. “That’s the fun time,” adds Rouch. “That’s when you get to visit, and not have to worry about people coming through to see the exhibits. “One of the reasons I got involved in the association was that Luther Brymier (a charter member) lived on a farm beside my dad,” he continues. “They were like boys out there, playing with the engines. When one or two of them got together, we could hear the old tractors. “Luther had a saw mill on his farm. He cut lumber for people and he always wanted me to come down and teach me how to run it. “I never did. I wish I had, because he was a sawyer who knew his business. Of course, those guys are all gone now and, handing down these trades—it’s harder and harder to find anybody who can teach them, or anybody who wants to learn.” The tractors at the show always include the old Farmall, John Deere, Allis Chalmers, and Titan. However, a different tractor name is highlighted each year. This summer’s show features J.I. Case and Empire. Confer explains that Empire tractors are slightly bigger than garden tractors and were built for pulling plows, cultivators and disks.

Rouch continues, “We’ll have Co-op next year. What’s happened through the years, the tractors and engines (like J.I. Case) have their own clubs. They’ll want to come in and set up as a group. They usually put on their own show for everybody. “One year, the old Fordson bunch —that’s the forerunner of Ford—they assembled an entire Fordson tractor during the show. We won’t feature Ford tractors until 2014, but they’ve already been in contact with us to set up their shows.” The 47th Antique Tractor and Engine Show will cover the 80-acre expanse of racetrack, infield, and fairgrounds, as well as 29 acres of land owned by Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Association west of the fairgrounds, and they recently purchased another 75 acres. They plan to use most of it for their campground, antique engine exhibits and parking. Confer says, “You can’t see it all in one day. That’s why we allow golf carts—it’s a long way from one end of the fairgrounds to the other.” “And it’s usually pretty full,” adds Rouch. “We’ve had as many as 1,800 campers staying at different times throughout the week. “But, the average is 800-900 campers at a time—the first ones get the electricity, and we have an area for handicapped and those who have special needs such as breathing machines. It’s hard to know how many

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people actually come through the gate, because if you have an engine to display, you get in for free.” The show would not be complete without the customary five steam engines to run the saw mill and the threshing area. An antique engine from France will be on display, as well as exhibits from 37 states—including Alaska and Hawaii. Attendees can expect to see most any early tractor or farm engine that took over the job of workhorses in the fields. But there are always numerous antique engines from the oil fields on display, as well. “They call themselves ‘OAFS’ or OFES—Oil Field Engine Society. They put on shows until midnight. “They have quite a ritual they go through. The small oil field engine has a single cylinder and two flywheels; it was used to run a pump to numerous oil wells. These guys painted them up. They put gas in them to shoot sparks at night and blow whistles— it’s a beautiful display. “Starting about 9:00, that’s what folks like to do at night—go on over to the OFES area.”

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That is probably one of the more unique aspects of the Portland show—the smaller impromptu shows that occur on the grounds. Rouch tells of another group who provide their own music, complete with singers, accordion player, and organist. “They have their own party. People take their chairs over and watch the shows.” Hundreds of dealers will bring a variety of wares to sell, including engine and tractor parts, and even crafts. “If someone shows an engine in the exhibit, they can’t sell it there. “But on the east side of our grounds, people can rent a space, where they can sell or trade whatever they have. We just don’t allow guns or knives,” he quickly adds. “In the buildings,” Confer notes, “there are all kinds of nicknacks, and the women have crafts to sell. So there are interests for everybody. We only need something for kids.” “That may change this year,” Rouch says, with some hesitation. “Some guys have put motors on little tricycles or riding toys. We’re going to set them up in an area where the kids can ride them.


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“Of course, they can’t go very fast, and we want the parents to be there with them. We’re going to try it this year and see how it goes.” What kind of food vendors can one expect? Both men laugh, as Confer quips, “What do you want? It’s there someplace, and they’re all non-profit organizations.” They know of at least four churches which will provide food for the event, and organizations such as the Elks, Optimists, and Lions clubs will be cooking their usual menus. On Sunday morning, the final day of the event, many people will gather at the fairgrounds for a church service with the Christianaires, a southern gospel group. The Antique Tractor and Engine Show is a huge event for Portland. The city takes full advantage of the influx of visitors by setting up flea markets and garage sales, all over town. Rouch says, “We flood the town with golf carts. There are some places around town where people can rent them. You can’t drive golf carts on state highways or on the sidewalks, but the city works with us real well.

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“We have about 1,700 active members that sign in every year. People come from all over. “We have a group of twenty people coming from New Zealand this year. They’ve requested a guide to show them around. One year, when that group got ready to leave, we had to help them find several of the guys—they had gotten so interested in one of the machines that they lost track of time.” The dates for the 2012 show are August 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26. Gate fees are only $5.00 per day. “We’ve just got to pay the bills,” explains the current president. “It does take a lot of money to put the show on. We pay the sheriff’s department for security on the grounds, the trash pick-up is getting more expensive, and the gate and parking people are all paid positions.” “People coming for the first time should be interested in antiques and things this younger generation hasn’t seen. Hopefully, some of the older people will come with them to explain it,” he concludes. “Gosh, I see something every year that I’ve never seen before.” WVL


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Wabash Valley Living June 2012  

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