Cooley Named Yellowstone Trail Festival Grand Marshal

Jim Cooley and his granddaughter, Riley, are frequently spotted on his blue tricycle

A lifelong Hamlet resident is the grand marshal for this year’s Yellowstone Trail Festival Parade. Jim Cooley is known as the Hamlet Inventor. He’s been tinkering since his teenage years, when he worked at Jones’ Repair Shop. Cooley did body work, mechanical repairs, painting and whatever else needed done on a vehicle. He also got hands-on lessons about gyrocopter manufacturing from Merle Jones. Continue reading

Starke County Chamber Hands Out “Above and Beyond Awards”

Starke-County-Chamber-of-Commerce. LogoThe Starke County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized community contributors with their inaugural “Above and Beyond Business Awards.” They will be given annually to businesses or organizations that do something special, like add a new program or go out of their way to support Starke County.

The SCILL Center was recognized for their high school auto tech and welding programs and adult welding program, all of which give Starke County residents training for lifelong employment opportunities.

The Starke County Youth Club was also honored with a plaque. Their after school, summer and basketball programs serve more than 600 Starke County youngsters annually and provide social and leadership skills as well as help with academics and test scores. Recently the SCYC added middle school programs at Knox and North Judson-San Pierre. Continue reading

Yellowstone Trail Fest Continues Today

Yellowstone-Trail-FestivalThe Yellowstone Trail Festival continues in Hamlet today.

The Indiana Patriot Guard riders will be collecting donations for care boxes for soldiers overseas. They are looking for non-perishable food items like Ramen noodles, cookies, beef jerky and other snacks, plus baby wipes and socks. If you don’t know what may be needed, money will be collected and the members will purchase items. Your money can also be used to help ship the boxes overseas. If you know of a soldier that could benefit from this organization, give them the address and they can receive a care package.

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Miss Yellowstone Pageant Set for Aug. 16

pageantThe Yellowstone Trail Festival is coming up and a pageant to determine the festival’s queen is set for Saturday, Aug. 16 during the festival.

Four age divisions will be crowned: Tiny Miss for girls ages 5 to 8, Little Miss for girls ages 9 to 12, Jr. Miss for ages 13 to 16 and Miss from 17 to 21. The Miss Yellowstone winner will advance to the Indiana State Festival Pageant.

The pageant is set to begin at 11 a.m. CT on the stage at the Starke County Fairgrounds in Hamlet.

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Miss Yellowstone Pageant Winners Featured in Sunday’s Parade

The winners of the four categories for the Miss Yellowstone Pageant were featured in Sunday’s parade in Winamac as part of the Yellowstone Trail Festival, held in conjunction with the town of Hamlet’s 150 year anniversary. The pageant took place Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, giving girls between the ages of 5 and 22 in Starke and surrounding counties the chance to participate and become Miss Yellowstone.

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Hamlet Featured in Yellowstone Trail Festival Association Publication

Hamlet has been featured in the official publication of the Yellowstone Trail Association! The Yellowstone Trail Festival was highlighted in The Arrow in light of the town’s 150th anniversary. It’s been 101 years since the Yellowstone Trail was planned to connect all of the best existing roads “from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound,” giving travelers a better road on which to travel.

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Yellowstone Trail Festival Preserves Historical Value of Trail

The first transcontinental roadway in America is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! The Yellowstone Trail, a designated roadway going from Plymouth Rock, Mass., to Peugeot Sound, Wash., was a no-cost idea to help travelers of the newest mode of transportation – the automobile. Large rocks were painted yellow to mark the way for vehicles to follow, and it wasn’t so much a road that was built, but rather a designated route to follow in an effort to cut down on the cost to towns and counties.

Starke County holds the Yellowstone Trail as a central part of its history in the town of Hamlet, and the Yellowstone Trail Festival was started three years ago to help keep the historical trail a part of the town’s living history.

Festival President Audrey Wood says the most important aspect of the festival is the embodiment of history, and the festival makes an effort to not only preserve history, but to remind visitors of the importance of the trail.

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