The Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, a celebration of Hoosier life in the mid-1800s, was founded in 1976 in Huntington, Indiana.
The festival is co-sponsored by the Huntington County Junior Historical Society, Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, and Friends of the Festival.
The Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, a celebration of Hoosier life in the mid-1800s, was founded in 1976 by Jean Gernand, who taught home economics and family living at Huntington North High School. She wanted a festival that celebrated the heritage of her community.
The festival, initially only one day long, was held outside the high schooll for the first three years.
Gernand had the help of Bob Diffenbaugh, a science teacher, Mary Margaret Kelsey, a home economics teacher, and community volunteer Mary Brooks to get things started. Mary Brooks' family including husband Garl, his brother Denver Brooks, and Denver's wife Benita Brooks put together the Pioneer Village, now known as Brooks' Pioneer Village.