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Warren display sparks summer fun

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SPARK: Jase Hartman, 3, gets startled as his sparkler changes from a solid red glow into a series of sparks that fly off the tip as they explode with soft "poofs." Some of the hundredsthat gathered around Warren for the show had their own mini fireworks display before showtime at dusk.
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DRAW: Evelyn Hartman draws a circle with a sparkler near the ball field as live music plays on Wednesday.
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FIGURE EIGHT: Mitchell Conley, 9, draws a figure eight with his sparkler as his friend Mille Miller, 6, smiles for the camera.
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GLOW: A group of tripplets watch the firework show with their parents as a firework exploding paints the scene red.
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SHOW:Families watch the 20-minute display from picnic tables near the food trucks as they eat their funnel cakes and enjoy the good weather. There will also be fireworks tonight in Huntington at Huntington North High School, starting at dusk.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

 

The crowd that assembled at Tower Park near downtown Warren overflowed from the park and into the countryside Wednesday night.

“The crowd goes all the way back, all the way back,” Katie Hartman, whose family has been coming to the show for more than 50 years now, said. “There are people staying at their houses too. My dad is actually five blocks away watching from his porch.”

Hartman said you can see the ordeal clearly from miles away, making a show that always draws people from Huntington County and surrounding counties to see.

“We compete pretty well with the other counties and towns,” she said. “This is going to last 25 minutes, so it stack up pretty well, I think.”

The annual event kicks off the Salamonie Summer Festival in Warren each year, but this year, the firework show kicked off a series of shows across Huntington County, with Markle and Roanoke having theirs on Thursday, Independence Day, and Huntington planning to have its show at Huntington North High School tonight at dusk.

Hartman’s favorite part is watching her children, nieces and nephews react to the show.

“It’s such a good time to watch their faces because they all light up because it’s all new to them,” she said. “The ‘boomers’ of course make them freak out, so that’s always funny to see.”

Bonnie Boxell, who won the highest honor of the Salamonie Summer Festival, earning the Samuel Jones Award in 2011, said she loves how the festival brings other people into the community to enjoy Warren’s hospitality.

“If you come to the town of warren and said at the filling station, where’s bonnie boxell, they will tell you where I’m at because… everybody knows everybody,” she said.

Hartman said she can’t wait for the festival events to begin, which runs throughout the weekend.

On Friday, The Samuel Jones Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m., the antique tractor show begins at 9 a.m. and the quilt show starts at 9 a.m., running until 5 p.m.

The Jim Brady Trio will play at 2 p.m., and the Lego build will be from 2-10 p.m. today.

There is an art show at 112 E. Second St. from 5-7 p.m.

The annual parade is at 7 p.m. in downtown Warren, with the Family Fun Freeway starting after the parade, running until 10 p.m.

Family Feud takes the stage at the Annex at 8 p.m. during the carnival and the Mountain Dewe Boys Band will be onstage downtown from 9-11 p.m.

For a full list of events, visit the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page or visit warrenindianachamber.com.