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Vying for Heritage Queen on Friday will be, from left, Amanda Miles, Hailey Turner, Madilyn White, Bailey Kaake, Taylor Brown and Alexa Jae Jones. Submitted photo (click for larger version)

Forecast great for Heritage Weekend

September 11, 2013 | 08:29 AM

With sunny skies in the forecast and high temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s all three days, this could be an attendance-breaking year for the 38th annual Lanesville Heritage Weekend.

Heritage Weekend is a three-day event designed to celebrate the German farming heritage of Lanesville, which was settled in the early 1800s. The festival began in 1976 as a way for Lanesville to celebrate the 200th birthday of the United States. It features exhibits and demonstrations of the various arts and crafts practiced by farmers through the years.

This year's festival, which is featuring Case tractors, Case steam engines and International gas engines along with displaying antique farm machinery, unofficially begins tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. with an antique tractor pull then gets into high gear Friday through Sunday.

On Friday at noon, all booths will open. There will be a princess pageant at 6 p.m. followed by the queen pageant. Queen candidates are: Taylor Brown, 16, junior, daughter of Terri Brown of Georgetown; Alexa Jae Jones, 17, junior, daughter of Nathan and Amy Jones of Corydon; Bailey Kaake, 16, junior, daughter of Steve and Karen Kaake of Lanesville; Amanda Miles, 18, senior, daughter of Melissa Turner of Corydon; and Madilyn White, 16, junior, daughter of Scott and Jill White of Georgetown.

Also on Friday, there will be a truck pull at 7 p.m. at the Heritage grounds (scales open at 5) and an amateur fiddlers contest with two divisions (16-under, 17-older) at 8 p.m. at the Heritage Community Center. A hot air balloon glow also will begin at 8.

Besides the marquee event — a 1 p.m. parade through town with a theme of "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" — Saturday's festivities include the Lanesville 8-miler at 8 a.m., a five-mile walk (8:10), a two-mile fun run (8:15), an exhibitor antique tractor pull at 10 (scales open at 9), a tractor and truck pull at 5 p.m. and a hot air balloon race at 6.

A 9 a.m. worship service starts Sunday's lineup, which features antique tractor games at 10, horseshoe pitching at the Mail Pouch Barn at noon, a log-sawing contest at 1 p.m., country and gospel music at the gazebo all afternoon, a pedal tractor pull at 2 (sign up at 1) and an antique farm machinery parade at 2:30. The Monarchs will be in concert from 3 to 5 p.m., and the festival wraps up at 5 Sunday with a $500 cash drawing and five $100 cash drawings.

Demonstrations during the weekend include basket making, blacksmithing, pottery, stain glass, quilting, sawmilling, shaker boxes, shingle making, shredding, stationary baling-threshing, weaving, wood turning and apple butter.

A farm toy show will start at noon Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast will be served Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. in the Heritage Food Building only.

Midway rides are provided by Fiesta Rides

Parking is free, and there's no admission charge to most events.

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