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Festival offered ‘clean American fun’

Festival offered ‘clean American fun’
Festival offered ‘clean American fun’
Lanesville Heritage Queen Elise Lawson rides in the back of a Chevrolet Corvette during the Heritage parade Saturday afternoon. Riding behind her in the blue Corvette is Heritage Princess Alli Campbell. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

From the weather to the crowds, there wasn’t much not to like at the 37th annual Lanesville Heritage Weekend.
Perfect temperatures all three days lent itself to near-record crowds in the town perched on either side of S.R. 62. Heritage chairman Kenny Acton said some additional advertising by the festival committee may have also lent a hand in the weekend attendance figures, estimated to be some 80,000 in the town of about 600.
‘I canvassed around at the different food booths, all three lots filled up on Saturday, there were people alongside the road, the crowd was up, weather was great, food and entertainment was good,’ Acton said. ‘It was amazing. The crowd was steady all three days, and there were not a lot of problems, which is amazing in a crowd that size.
‘I think when you have great weather like that on a weekend, people really want to get out,’ he said. ‘I think people have their bellies full of the political stuff and just wanted to come check us out.’
Heritage got underway Friday, which was highlighted by the queen and princess pageant, the truck pull and the amateur fiddlers contest.
The winner of the queen contest was Elise Lawson, 15, a sophomore at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School and daughter of Ray Lawson and Lea Koons. First runner-up was 15-year-old sophomore Taylor Brown, and Miss Congeniality was Hailey Turner, 15, also a sophomore.
Alli Campbell, daughter of James and Leigh Ann Campbell, was named Heritage Princess. First runner-up was Hylton Tru Brumley, with Ashlyn Wiehebrink named second runner-up. Karlee Ann Morris was named Miss Sweetheart.
On Saturday, the queen and princess candidates took to shiny cars for the annual parade, which had plenty of entries.
The Grand Marshal Award went to Hubbard oxen, while the winner of the top float was Lanesville Youth League’s 8-under softball team. Other awards ‘ decided by TV news personalities Scott Reynolds of WAVE-3, Kelsey Starks of WHAS-11 and Matt Milosevich of WLKY-32 ‘ went to Floyd Central NJROTC (Marching Unit), the Lanesville Junior-Senior High School band (Band), Dawn Morris (Individual Equestrian), Bailando Llama and Alpaca 4-H Club (Equestrian Unit), Dennis and Pat Slaughter (Antique Vehicle), St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Lanesville (Religious) and Hoosier Hillbillies Clan 14 Outhouse 11 (Novelty).
Also on Saturday were the tractor and truck pulls, as well as various types of demonstrations of tools from yesteryear. The featured tractor was the Minneapolis Moline/Avery (the best featured being one from Charles Shireman of New Amsterdam and the oldest being from Darrell Lind of Lanesville), with other features being Waterloo Boy gas and Case steam engines.
There were 300 tractors, 62 lawn tractors, six steam engines and five trucks on display.
‘I talked to people who said they went all three days, and one person spent seven hours out here,’ Acton said.
The horseshoe pitching tournament Sunday afternoon was won by John Brown of Brandenburg, followed by Debbie Cole of Salem and, in third place, Kenny Parrish of New Albany. In double-play, Cole teamed up with Roger Martin for first, followed by Louisville’s Gary Owens and Dwight Gibson in second and Glen Hitner (Edwardsville) and Ronnie Cauble (Mitchell) third.
Also on Sunday the popular band The Monarchs closed out another successful festival.
‘Heritage reflects the attitude of what we stand for,’ Acton said. ‘This is good, clean American fun, and there’s something for everybody to do. I really appreciate all the volunteers and sponsors who have helped us over the years. This is a great event for our community and our county.’