Oddballs, orphans featured at Lanesville festival
Visitors to the big 29th annual Lanesville Heritage Weekend festival this weekend might see a lot of ‘oddballs and orphans’ on the Heritage Grounds. That’s because the featured tractors this year are the Orphans and Odd Ball tractors, Witte gasoline engines and Avery steam engines.
There will also be the usual variety of activities and displays. The annual event draws an estimated 30,000 people.
It all begins Friday at noon, with the Farm Toy Show, food and craft booths, Sasse Lil’ Critters Petting Farm and Fike’s Fiesta Rides.
That evening at 6 is the princess pageant and queen contest in the Lanesville Junior-Senior High School gymnasium. Admission is $1 for those 13 and older.
Bob Geary will be the emcee for both contests. During the princess pageant, contestants will be interviewed and judged on stage on their personality and overall appearance.
‘This should be exciting because we never know what kids will say,’ said chairperson Linda Dornbush.
The queen contest has three parts: interview, talent and evening gown. New this year, contestants will perform an opening number choreographed to the song ‘American Soldier.’
‘Keeping with the patriotic theme, the girls will have military escorts during their formal-wear competition,’ Dornbush said. ‘Escorts will be Josh Ketterer and James Campbell, both of Lanesville.’
Besides the queen, there will be a Miss Congeniality announced at the conclusion of the contest.
Queen contestants are:
Kyley Hankins, 17, senior, daughter of David and Cyndie Hankins of Lanesville;
Brooklyn Hottell, 18, senior, daughter of Rowena Hottell of Lanesville;
Kasey Hussung, 17, senior, daughter of Randy and Sally Hussung of Lanesville;
Rebekah Jordan, 17, senior, daughter of Charles and Diane Jordan of Georgetown;
Leslie Kaufer, 17, senior, daughter of Mark Kaufer and Jean Walter, both of Lanesville;
Megan Leffler, 16, sophomore, daughter of Connie and Gary Leffler of Lanesville;
Jacklynn Neutz, 17, senior, daughter of Perry and Nancy Neutz of Lanesville;
Rachel Rivers, 14, freshman, daughter of Cherie Walter of Lanesville;
Amanda Senchal, 17, senior, daughter of Dave and Janet Senchal of Lanesville;
Amanda Shaw, 17, junior, daughter of Tony and Jackie Shaw of Lanesville, and
Jessica Snelling, 16, junior, daughter of Richard and Michelle Snelling of Corydon.
Also Friday evening, at 7, is the truck pull (weigh-ins begin two hours earlier), and at 8 is the amateur fiddlers’ contest, with two categories (up to 16 years and 16 years and older).
Weather permitting, at 9 p.m. Friday, there will be a hot air balloon glow.
Saturday’s activities begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast and the demanding eight-mile run, followed by the five-mile walk at 8:10 and two-mile Fun Run at 8:15 a.m.
Chicken and dumplings will be served beginning at 11 a.m.
At 1 p.m. the annual festival parade begins on the west side of town and continues east on Main Street to the entrance of the park.
This year’s grand marshal is Carol Uesseler, widow of Carl E. Uesseler, the long-time teacher, principal and superintendent of the Lanesville Community School Corp. and then school trustee for the South Harrison Community School Corp.
‘What better way to show our respect and admiration to Mr. Uesseler for all he has done for the Lanesville school and community,’ said parade chairman Tom Walter.
The truck and tractor pull begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, with weigh-ins from noon to 3 p.m.
A hot air balloon race is scheduled for 6 p.m., weather permitting.
The festival concludes Sunday after a full day of events, including breakfast at 8 a.m., a worship service at 9, and a fried chicken dinner at 11 a.m.
A horseshoe pitching contest, limited to 64 entries, is at noon, as is the antique tractor games. That’s followed by a log-sawing contest at 1 and country and gospel music by ‘The Traditional Sounds.’
For children, there’s a pedal tractor pull at 2 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. is the annual antique farm machinery parade. A cash giveaway ends the festival at 5:30 p.m.
Numerous demonstrations will take place during the entire festival on the Heritage Grounds. For the first time in about 10 years, sorghum will be made at the festival. Other demonstrations include threshing, shingle mill shredding, stationary baling, soap making, weaving, quilting and broom making. There also will be free entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The featured tractors this year are the Orphans and Odd Ball tractors, Witte gasoline engines and Avery steam engines.
Sunnyside Connections of Corydon is offering shuttle service between Corydon and Lanesville during the festival. Pick-up points, on the hour, are the municipal lot at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Poplar Street, the annex parking lot near the corner of Poplar and Mulberry streets, and along Poplar Street near Sunnyside Connections.
Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children, with a special rate for groups of four or more. The drop-off/pick-up point is the Lanesville school parking lot; there is no charge for shuttle service to the Heritage Park from the school.
(There is also a tractor pull Thursday night at 7, before the official start of the Heritage festival. Weigh-ins are 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.)