The town of Hope had a lot to be excited about last weekend. It hosted its 50th annual Heritage Days celebration.

That’s a special milestone for a festival that has put the town of 2,100 in the spotlight for good reason.

It celebrates days gone by, particularly the pioneer heritage through hand-made crafts and demonstrations.

Heritage Days highlights traits, such as Hope’s small-town charm and friendly residents, that set the community apart.

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Most of all, the festival reflects the love Hope residents have of their community, evident by the great deal of time and commitment needed to pull together the festival each year. It’s that hard work that helps the 16 nonprofits, churches and charities operating the food booths to earn profits that fund their annual missions.

The parade, crafts, demonstrations, food and music make for a special time, and this year was no exception.

A community of dedicated and passionate volunteers has made Hope Heritage Days one of the must-see attractions in Bartholomew County each year. That’s why it has been known to attract 30,000 people over its three-day run.

With passionate and caring residents behind it, Hope Heritage Days is poised to continue operating successfully for decades to come.