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Lanesville festival will be tried and true

Tried and true activities are in store for the annual Lanesville Heritage Weekend, set for Sept. 9, 10 and 11.
‘I’m sorry to say we don’t have anything special’ at the 30th annual festival, said Joan T. Schickel, publicity chair, just the normal attractions and activities that have drawn thousands of people to the Franklin Township celebration each fall.
Five years ago the popular Balloon Glow was added to the three-day event. Weather permitting, the hot-air balloons will be displayed Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 9 p.m.
Members of the Heritage Festival committee have been busy the past several weeks preparing the well-maintained grounds on the east side of Lanesville.
Schickel said the arduous corn cutting ‘ ‘a hot and dirty job’ normally handled by committee members armed with corn knives ‘ was made easier this year, thanks to the generosity of Bradford’s Donald Jones, who loaned his antique McCormick Dearing corn binder pulled by his antique Super MTA International tractor.
Using Jones’s equipment, they made 36 shocks.
‘Cutting and shocking, for the shredding demonstration, was simpler and done in a much shorter time than in previous years,’ she said. ‘These shocks will remain in the field until the week of the festival.’
The shocks will be loaded onto wagons and taken to the festival grounds for shredding demonstrations during the festival.
‘It’s a team effort,’ Schickel said, putting on the Heritage weekend that began in 1976 as a celebration of America’s 200th birthday.
Lanesville, which is 230 years old, continued the festival to celebrate its German agricultural heritage.
Besides displays and activities on the second full weekend in September, the committee has added an ‘extra’ tractor pull. It takes place on Thursday, Sept. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. (Weigh-in begins at 5 p.m. Participants must be at least 15 years old and have at least a driver’s permit). Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and pit passes are $15.
Booths, displays, including the Farm Toy Show, and Fike’s Fiesta rides open at noon on Friday, Sept. 9. Two hundred and sixty food and craft booths will be open all day Saturday and Sunday. The Farm Toy Show opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
The featured tractors this year are the Hoosier Cockshutt, Hercules gasoline engines and Garr-Scott steam engines.
Other festival highlights on Friday include:
* Princess and Queen pageants, 6 p.m., at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School. Admission: $1.
* Truck pull at 7 p.m. (weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m.)
* Amateur Fiddlers Contest, 8 p.m. (Two categories: 16 and older, and younger than 16.)
On Saturday, events include:
* 8-mile run, 8 a.m., followed by 5-mile walk at 8:10 and 2-mile fun run at 8:15 a.m.
* Parade, 1 p.m., beginning on the west side of Lanesville, traveling east on S.R. 62 to Heritage grounds. This year’s theme is ‘Reliving the Past by Celebrating Our Heritage.’
* Truck and tractor pull, 5 p.m. (weigh-ins from noon to 3 p.m.)
* Hot air balloon race, weather permitting, at 6 p.m.
And on Sunday:
* Worship service, 9 a.m.
* Antique tractor games, 11 a.m.
* Horseshoe-pitching contest, noon (limited to 64 entries).
* Log-sawing contest, 1 p.m.
* Country and gospel music beginning at 1 p.m.
* Pedal Tractor Pull, 2 p.m.
* Antique Farm Machinery Parade, 3 p.m.
* Cash drawing, at 5:30 p.m., concludes the festival.

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