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It’s Heritage Weekend time again

The antique tractor pull will kick off the 34th edition of the annual Lanesville Heritage Weekend tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 7.
Also tomorrow, Maynard Lambertus again will give demonstrations of antique machinery to more than a hundred fourth-grade Indiana history students from Lanesville and St. John’s Elementary schools, offering them a preview of Heritage Weekend.
The festival, which officially opens Friday at noon and continues through Sunday, has a theme this year of ‘Celebrated Past, Promising Future.’
Beginning Friday, more than 260 food and craft booths will feature fish, pork chops, Tyson chicken fingers, bean soup, cornbread, barbecue, brats and Culver’s frozen custard
The farm toy show also will open at noon, as will demonstrations on all three days.
The Princess Pageant (ages 4 through 6) will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the Queen Pageant. Queen contestants (all are students at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School) are:
Rachel Catron, 17, senior, daughter of Melissa Sorg and Dallas Catron;
Caitlin Johnson, 15, sophomore, daughter of Tray and Sandra Johnson;
Mackenzie Johnson, 15, sophomore, daughter of Brian and Pam Johnson;
Faith Johnston, 18, senior, daughter of Brian and Pam Johnston;
Miranda Kaake, 15, sophomore, daughter of Steve and Karen Kaake;
Sloane Pursell, 15, sophomore, daughter of Allen and Tamara Pursell;
LeAnne Myers, 18, senior, daughter of Michael Myers and Angela and Terry Smith;
Rachel Riley, 17, junior, daughter of Larry and Lori Riley; and
Kayla Smith, 16, sophomore, daughter of Mitzi Mills.
Admission to the Queen Pageant is $1; 12 and younger free.
Friday night’s schedule also includes a truck pull at 7, amateur fiddlers contest at 8 and the hot-air balloon glow at 9.
Festival chair Kenny Acton said a special event on Saturday will be Roger Warrick, the son of Harley Warrick, who originally painted the Mail Pouch barn, re-signing his father’s name on the recently refurbished structure at 4:30 p.m.
The red barn was repainted earlier this summer by Dylan Walmsley and Scott Huntsinger as part of a restoration project funded by the Harrison County Community Foundation.
‘It’s back on exactly where Harley had it,’ Acton said of the barn’s message.
Saturday also will feature a parade at 1 p.m. Other events will include breakfast at 8 a.m., the 8-mile run at 8 a.m., 5-mile walk at 8:10 a.m. and the 2-mile fun run at 8:15 a.m. In addition, the farm toy show will begin at 9 a.m., chicken and dumplings will be available at 11 a.m., the tractor and truck pull will be at 5 p.m. and the hot-air balloon event will be at 6 p.m.
The antique farm machinery parade will take place Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Other events that day will include breakfast at 8 a.m., worship service at 9 a.m., fried chicken dinner at 11 a.m., antique tractor pull at 11 a.m., horseshoe pitching at noon, log-sawing contest at 1 p.m., music by ‘The Traditional Sounds’ at 1 p.m., pedal tractor pull at 2 p.m. and the $1,000 give-away at the festival’s conclusion, at 5:50 p.m.
Demonstrations throughout the weekend on the Heritage grounds will include apple-butter making, basket making, blacksmith, broom making, cider mill, pottery, stain glass, quilting, sawmill, shaker boxes, shingle making, shredding, sorghum and soap making, stationary baling-threshing, weaving, wood turning, and draft horse and mule demonstrations. Helicopter rides will be offered, and a live honey bee observation hive also will be on display.
In addition, as always, antique machinery will be on display.
‘This is what it’s all about, our heritage,’ Acton said, noting the antique equipment is what sets the festival apart from others. ‘That’s the stuff that’s unique here.’
He added that a booth detailing the town’s history also will be available.
Even with remnants of Hurricane Ike blowing through on the final day, more than 60,000 people attended the 2008 festival, which was a slight decrease from the previous event.
Admission, parking and shuttle service is free. Skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles or pets of any kind are not allowed on Heritage grounds.