Festival offers look at old-fashioned way of doing things
Those interested in making their own apple butter, stained glass, sorghum or soap, among other things, are in luck. The Lanesville Heritage Festival is back, Friday through Sunday, and demonstrations on how to make those things will take place all three days.
Though the festival doesn’t officially kick off until Friday, some elementary school students around Lanesville are going to be treated tomorrow to an educational exhibition, coordinated by Maynard Lambertus, an antique enthusiast and a member of the antique machinery demonstrations committee. Second, third and fourth graders from Lanesville Elementary and St. John’s Lutheran School will attend.
Also on Thursday is an antique tractor pull that will begin at 7 p.m. It will include tractors dating back to 1939 and farther.
The festival will officially open at noon on Friday, with 260 food and exhibit booths, farm toy show and Fike’s Fiesta Rides.
Demonstrations also begin at noon and include apple-butter making, basket making, blacksmithing, broom making, cider mills, pottery, stained glass, quilting, sawmills, shaker boxes, shredding, sorghum and soap making, stationary baling, threshing, weaving, wood turning, draft horse and mule fielding. These will be done on festival grounds all three days. Admission and parking are free, and a free shuttle service will be available.
For the younger crowd, there will be an opportunity to milk goats Heidi or Emerald, owned by James and Martha Blank, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday. The goats will also be available Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
On Friday evening, a Princess Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. and will include contestants ages 4 to 6. A Queen Pageant will follow, with contestants from grades nine through 12. Admission is $1 for everyone over the age of 12.
Queen contestants this year are:
Jessica Ketterer, 17, daughter of Jim and Judy Ketterer;
Rachel Rivers, 17, daughter of Cherie Rivers;
Robin Rosenbury, 16, daughter of Jeanne Walter and Rick Rosenbury;
Rachel Catron, 15, daughter of Melissa Sorg and Dallas Catron;
Rachel Riley, 15, daughter of Larry and Lori Riley;
Beth Glomb, 17, daughter of Ken and Chris Glomb;
Sara Schmelz, 16, daughter of Daniel and Robin Schmelz; and
Felicia Bays, 18, daughter of Phil and Penny Bays.
Also on Friday, a truck pull begins at 7 p.m. Categories include different classes of two- and four-wheel-drive trucks. Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m.
At 8 p.m., in the Lanesville Heritage Community Center, there will be an amateur fiddler’s contest, with two divisions: one for those younger than 16 and those 16 and older. Prizes will be awarded.
Rounding out Friday evening, there will be a hot-air balloon glow at 9 p.m., featuring the RE/MAX of Indiana hot-air balloon, sponsored by RE/MAX Advantage in Floyds Knobs. The RE/MAX balloon will also be available for tethered rides beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, for a minimum $10 donation to Riley Hospital for Children.
On Saturday, festivities will begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. in the food building. An eight-mile run also begins at 8, followed by a five-mile walk at 8:10 and a two-mile fun run at 8:15.
The big event of the weekend ‘ the annual parade ‘ begins at 1 p.m. This year, the theme is ‘Proud of Our Past; Creating Our Future.’ That theme was submitted by Timothy Oberdick, a second grader from St. John’s Lutheran School near Lanesville.
An event new to the festival this year is the antique tractor pull. Dave Walther, chairman of the pulls, said exhibitors will have the opportunity to pull their antique tractors Saturday afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. There is a $15 entry fee. The final truck and tractor pull will start at 5 p.m. with weigh-ins beginning two hours earlier.
On the final day of the festival, Sunday, the morning starts with breakfast at 8 followed by a worship service at 9. Horseshoe pitching will begin at noon near the Mail Pouch Barn. Chairperson Vicki Hausz warned potential contestants to register early because the contest is limited to 64 entries.
Sunday afternoon, festival-goers can drop by the Gazebo to listen to their fill of country and gospel music. ‘The Traditional Sounds’ will begin playing at 1 p.m.
A toy pedal pull in front of the Lanesville Jaycee building at 2 and an antique farm machinery parade at 3:30 round out afternoon activities. Registration for the toy pedal pull begins at 1 p.m.; the fee is $1. Admission to the antique farm machinery parade is free.
The festival will conclude with a cash drawing at 5:30 p.m.