Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 27, 2013

July 27, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — 20,000 attend Haynes Apperson Festival

Paul Wyman, Haynes Apperson Festival chairman, sends this Cheer:

“First, let me thank our community once again for coming out and celebrating all that is good about Kokomo and Howard County at this year’s Haynes Apperson Festival. It just keeps getting better, thanks to all of you!

“Foster Park was a great venue to celebrate! We saw about 20,000 people over the three days of the event, and it was especially great to see so many travel to our community from around the region and the country. We had someone from London to see Night Ranger!

“I know we made a lasting impression on all our visitors! Our Convention and Visitors Bureau played a big role in attracting people from other communities. Thank you!

“Let me thank our board of directors and all of our volunteers for their tireless commitment to making our festival one of the premier festivals in the state. Your hard work has made our festival a ‘must attend’ on people’s to-do list for the summer. Thanks for your year-round commitment to making it great! Thanks to Angie Roe and the parade staff for an outstanding parade, and thank you, Dana Neer, for leading another huge HA Sports Festival.

“To our community partners, the Pioneer Club, the Car Coalition and our Automotive Museum, thanks for being such a huge part of helping us preserve our automotive heritage. We have so much to be thankful for, and the car shows and cruise-ins were awesome!

“Our community partners like Haynes International, NIPSCO, CVB, Howard County Recycling, Indiana American Water, St. Joseph Hospital, Community First Bank, Duke Energy, Don Rogers Family Dentistry, AAction Promotions, Hodsons, Social Experience, Master Creations, Coca-Cola, Indiana Heartland, New Car Dealers Association, First Farmers, Hoover and Wells, Eriks Chervolet, Top of the Line, Half Moon, Courtyard by Marriott, Comfort Inn, Golden Corral, Huston Electric, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo Herald, Z92FIVE, Shine 99, WIOU-AM, Rock 98.5 and WWKI, we thank you!

“And lastly, Mayor Goodnight, his administration and all the behind-the-scenes folks from the police department to the street and parks departments, along with the sheriff’s department, work gang and EMA, we could not do this festival without your support and teamwork! Thank you for your commitment to this festival!

“We are already planning next year’s festival. Can’t wait to see you all again!”

‘Please be careful around a fire’

Don Wooldridge of Russiaville sends this Cheer:

“The Pioneer Auto Club and the Auto Coalition & Friends started their Memorial Auto Run at the Haynes monument. This was a planned route traveling past marked historical points of interest.

“The Door of Hope Community Church offered its parking lot to assemble our cars for the Memorial Run. Its church youth group provided hot dogs, soft drinks, cookies, etc., to the 52 or more automobile owners and their passengers. I thank you.

“After the Memorial Run, more than 80 cars participated in the Haynes Apperson Festival Cruise-In at Foster Park. When leaving the cruise-in, my car suddenly stopped. We saw smoke coming from under the hood. When I opened the hood, flames gushed from the engine compartment.

“I ran to my trunk to get my fire extinguisher. As I returned to the front of the car, the young folks told me to take my time as they had extinguished the fire with their water bottles and soft drinks.

“They then pushed my car off the driveway to a safer spot to wait for Johnson’s Towing & Recovery Service.

“Thanks to all who helped. Please be careful around a fire such as this, as it could have exploded.

“Thanks again.”

‘Loved’ festival, but not the dogs

Sondra Wolfe of Kokomo sends this constructive Jeer:

“Loved the Haynes Apperson Festival’s new location in Foster Park. What a crowd.

“I do have a complaint ... I was not happy about dogs being at the festival. It was hot, and we saw some try to get at small children with food in their hands and barking at other dogs.

“Dogs should not be there. There were too many people, and dogs should have been left at home with water and a cool place to lay.

“Thanks for listening.”

‘Bless her for her goodness’

Loretta Sink of Kokomo sends this Cheer for honest people:

“I recently stopped at the post office on Webster Street to buy stamps in order to mail some cards. I did that, then proceeded on to Kroger to shop for a few groceries.

“When I was ready to check out, I found that my billfold was not in my purse. It is frightening to think that all your identification, money, etc., are missing. Apparently I had left it on the counter in the lobby of the post office.

“I told the clerk that I needed to go back and hoped to find my billfold. As I entered the lobby and looked where I had been, the counter was empty. So I went inside to the postal clerk, who had waited on me in the first place.

“Sure enough, he said a woman found my billfold and turned it in! I praise the Lord for honest people, and I want to thank her — whoever she is — for helping someone she did not know. I pray that God will abundantly bless her for her goodness.”