Hope Heritage Days offers food, vendors and music along with history

Staff Reports

HOPE — The 52nd annual Hope Heritage Days began Friday night with festival-goers enjoying food, vendors and music.

The festival continues through today in downtown Hope.

Seventeen food booths are offering a wide variety of choices along with 85 merchandise vendors. The three-day annual festival attracts as many as 30,000 visitors.

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Families were touring a new interactive exhibit established in a 53-foot, double-expandable semi-trailer Friday night. Indiana Auto History on Wheels as a traveling museum that touches on the history of more than 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers, such as Cord, Duesenberg and Studebaker.

In today’s events, booths will open at 9 a.m. and the Yellow Trail Pioneer Village will be in operation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A bluegrass performance by Jon Wise and Steve Mills will get underway at noon at the bandstand.

Special presentations will be made at 1:30 p.m. while a flyover of military aircraft will take place at 2:15 p.m. The annual festival parade begins at 2:30 p.m.

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