That unique smell of carnival food, the sounds of the rides — it’s that time of year again. 

Today marks the beginning of Heritage Days 2023 in downtown Hartford City. This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the festival that officially begins this afternoon with a prayer by Troy Kaufman, and a welcoming speech by Hartford City Mayor Dan Eckstein at 5 p.m. at Weiler Plaza. The festival will continue through Saturday.