Named after Elwood Haynes and the Apperson Brothers, the Haynes-Apperson Festival has become one of Kokomo’s biggest annual events. The popular two-day festival, which features bands, cars, a parade and more, began on the Courthouse square and was moved to Foster Park six years ago. The festival began in 1976 and was put on by the Pioneer Auto Club to honor Elwood Haynes and his July 4, 1894, test drive of the first automobile. On that day, Elwood Haynes successfully drove a car that he designed and helped build with Edgar and Elmer Apperson down Pumpkin Vine Pike in Kokomo. This year's festival started Thursday and continues today and Saturday at Foster Park.