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Heritage festival marks fall’s ‘unofficial’ start

Heritage festival marks fall’s ‘unofficial’ start
Heritage festival marks fall’s ‘unofficial’ start
Lanesville Heritage queen hopefuls this year are, front row, from left, Taylor Sorg, Abagail Wright, Alexa Jones; middle row, Caelynn Stickels, Emily Baird, Taylor Brown and Shelby Blackerby; and back row, Kimberly Simler, Cassidy Richmer and Hailey Turner. Photo by Alan Stewart

The official ‘unofficial’ kickoff for fall will take place this weekend as the 39th Lanesville Heritage Weekend starts tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. with an antique tractor pull and continues through Sunday with the final event, a free concert by the Monarchs.
This year’s festival will feature oddball and orphan tractors, Frick steam engines and Alamo gas engines.
Tried-and-true staples of Heritage are back. On Friday evening at 6 will be the princess and queen pageant.
Contestants for this year’s queen contest, listed with age, class and parents, are: Emily Baird, 15, freshman, daughter of Eddie and Kim Baird; Shelby Blackerby, 16, junior, daughter of Robert and Michelle Blackerby; Taylor Brown, 17, senior, daughter of Barry and Terri Brown; Alexa Jones, 18, senior, daughter of Nathan and Amy Jones; Cassidy Richmer, 17, senior, daughter of Alan Richmer and Julie Wiseman; Kimberly Simler, 16, junior, daughter of William and Ginny Simler; Taylor Sorg, 14, freshman, daughter of Troy and Missy Sorg; Caelynn Stickels, 16, junior, daughter of Jeffery and Kelly Stickels; Hailey Turner, 17, daughter of Todd and Melissa Turner; and Abagail Wright, 16, sophomore, daughter of Wes Wright and Amy Blagg.
Also on Friday, the truck and tractor pull will be at 7 and an amateur fiddler contest and a hot-air balloon glow will begin at 8. On Saturday, the Lanesville 8-miler will start at 8 a.m. and will immediately be followed by the 5-mile walk and 2-mile fun run; the exhibitor antique tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m., the parade (this year’s theme is ‘A Glimpse into Our Past’) will start at 1 p.m., the truck and tractor pull will be at 5 p.m. and a hot-air balloon race is set for 6 p.m. Sunday’s activities will include a 9 a.m. worship service, antique tractor games at 10 a.m., a memorial service at noon, the horseshoe pitching tournament at 12:15 p.m., country and gospel music, as well as a log-sawing contest, at 1 p.m. and pedal tractor pull and antique farm machinery parade at 2 p.m. It all wraps up by the toe-tapping tunes of the Monarchs from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Also, all three days there will be breakfast and lunch, and, on Saturday and Sunday only, there will be a farm toy show.
New this year ‘ on Friday only ‘ will be the garden tractor pull, which ties in with Friday night’s traditional pulls.
Demonstrations of basket making, blacksmithing, pottery, stained glass, quilting, sawmill, shaker boxes, shingle making, shredding, stationary baling-threshing, weaving, wood turning and apple butter will take place on the Heritage grounds.
Free parking and a shuttle service are available.
Most of the events on the grounds are free. General admission tickets for the truck and tractor pulls are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 12 and free for children 6 and younger (tractor pulls only). Pit passes are $25.