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Courageous youth if festival marshal

Josh Smitley, a liver transplant recipient, will be the grand marshal for this year’s Lanesville Heritage Festival parade, announced Tom Walter, co-chair of the parade.
The parade begins on the west side of Lanesville at 1 p.m. Saturday, said parade co-chair Cherie Walter.
After receiving the transplant on March 3, Smitley returned to his job with UPS less than six months later, said his mother, Barbara.
“We are gracious and proud of a courageous young man like Josh Smitley,” said Dale (Chip) White, general chair of Lanesville Heritage Weekend Inc.
This will be the 27th annual Lanesville Heritage Weekend, which begins noon Friday with the Farm Toy Show and the opening of food and craft booths, Sasse Lil’ Critters petting farm and Fike’s Fiesta Rides. (There will be a tractor pull Thursday night at 7, with weigh-in from 5 to 7 p.m. All truck and tractor pull participants must be at least 15 years old and have a driver’s permit or license.)
Other Friday events include the princess pageant, followed by the queen contest at 6 p.m. at Lanesville High School. Admission is 50 cents for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and $1 for adults. Students under the age of five years are admitted free.
Queen contestants are:
Shelby Acton, a junior, daughter of Kenny and Lori Acton;
Daria Blank, a sophomore, daughter of Darin and Jennifer Blank;
Audrey Hess, a junior, daughter of Fred and Radessa Hess;
Kasey Hussung, a sophomore, daughter of Randy and Sally Hussung;
Rebekah Jordan, a sophomore, daughter of Glenn and Diane Jordan;
Leslie Kaufer, a sophomore, daughter of Mark and Leigh Kaufer;
Jacklynn Neutz, a sophomore, daughter of Perry and Nancy Neutz;
Katie Rothrock, a senior, daughter of Steve and Sharon Rothrock;
Amanda Senechal, a sophomore, daughter of Dave and Janet Senechal;
Jessica Walter, a junior, daughter of Bob and Cindy Walter;
Marianne Ward, a freshman, daughter of David and Sherri Leffler, and
Tommi Whitehouse, a junior, daughter of Sarah Whitehouse.
The truck pull is 7 p.m. Friday; weigh-in begins at noon.
The amateur fiddlers’ contest is at 8 p.m. There are two divisions: up to 16 years and 16 years and older.
Weather permitting, there will be a hot air balloon glow at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s activities begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast. The Lanesville 8-Miler also starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 5-Mile Walk at 8:10 and the 2-mile Fun Run at 8:15.
Chicken and dumplings will be served beginning at 11 a.m.
Also participating in this year’s parade will be Possum Moley, who appears each year with Buck Eye in the Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair as an 1830 pioneer woodswoman. Possum Moley will visit with parade spectators and later will talk with guests on the festival grounds.
(For more information about the parade, call the Walters at 952-0187.)
The truck and tractor pull is at 3 p.m.; weigh-in begins at noon.
A hot-air balloon race begins at 6 p.m., weather permitting.
On Sunday, breakfast is served at 8 a.m. Afterward, there is a worship service from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the gazebo. At 11 a.m., fried chicken dinners will be available.
A horseshoe pitching contest begins at noon, as do the antique tractor games. These are followed by a log-sawing contest at 1 p.m. and a mini toy (pedal) tractor pull at 2 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. is the annual antique farm machinery parade.
There will be demonstrations — including threshing, shredding, cider mill, apple butter and soap making, weaving, quilting, blacksmith — and helicopter rides all three days. Free entertainment is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The featured tractors this year are the Minneapolis Moline and B.F. Avery tractors, and Stover Gasoline and Gaarscott steam engines.