The cultural variety of Columbia City makes it feel less like a traditional county neighborhood and more like Native American tradition. The citizens of Columbia City celebrate some special events that totally diversify them from the typical county feeling. They celebrate the ‘Old Settler's Day’ and ‘Mihsihkinaahkwa Powwow’ festival every year. These festivals are celebrated for 107 years in the community for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of Whitley County.
The Old Settler’s Day is celebrated as one of the biggest event in the Columbia City along with the American Legion festival. This festival is organized during the month of June every year, where people participate in various events. The Local Non-Profit group and the Whitley County Habitat of Humanity groups participate whole heartedly in this festival hosting events and providing charitable funds to the county organizations.
Events like ‘The Hammer Run’ are hosted at the Morsches Park, where different members participate in the relay marathon. The classic car show named ‘Hammer It Home’ is organized by the Habitat for Humanity, where people enjoy food, music, games and prizes. The Whitley County Farmers Market would be another event set up at the festival with a wide range of plants, crafts and fresh vegetables.
The Mihsihkinaahkwa Powwow is the biggest Native American festival celebrated in Morsches Park, Columbia City. This festival is hosted by the Miami Indians, held every year at the Whitley County, which is the native land of the great Miami Chief Little Turtle. Every Powwow is a traditional and unique event because it creates a special occasion for the Native Americans to gather together in Whitley County in order to share and strengthen the traditions between the general citizens.
During this festival, the Native Americans gather together, represent their native tribes, share their varied tradition, cuisine and music, providing the citizens with a enriching cultural experience. Throughout the event, people gather around a sacred drum in a circle singing songs and dancing. Shopping, cuisine, dancing and singing and other activities are celebrated by the Native Americans.
This event gives an opportunity to honor the elders, women and warriors, distribute gifts and gratitude to the deserving ones.