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40th Heritage weekend set to begin

Picture-perfect fall weather comes just in time for the 40th annual Lanesville Heritage Festival, which kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday evening. (The unofficial official start to the festival is Thursday evening at 6:30 with an antique tractor pull.)
Many of the tried-and-true events return this year for the largest small town, three-day festival in the state. As always, there will be a collection of antique gas and steam engines and tractors on display and vendor booths open all three days.
At 8 a.m. Friday, things will kick into gear with a breakfast at the Heritage Food Building and the official opening ceremony at noon. Rides by Fiesta Rides will open at 4, and the princess and queen pageant will take place at 6 (see page A10 for photo of queen candidates). The truck and tractor pull will start at 7, with an amateur fiddlers contest and a hot-air balloon glow at the soccer field, both at 8.
The Lanesville 8-miler will start things off Saturday morning at 8, with a five-mile walk at 8:10 and a two-mile fun run at 8:15. Rides will open and the farm toy show will start at 9. The exhibitor antique tractor pull will start at 10, with the Lanesville Heritage parade at 1 p.m. The second night of truck and tractor pulling is at 6, which is also the start time for the hot-air balloon race.
Though not an official part of Lanesville Heritage, a blood drive in honor of 9/11 will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lanesville Jaycees parking lot.
At 9 a.m., an ecumenical worship service will start the final day of Heritage, with antique tractor games and rides opening at 10, a farm toy show from 11 to 3, a memorial service at noon, a horseshoe-pitching contest at the Mail Pouch Barn at 12:15 and a log-sawing contest at 1.
Country and gospel music will be played at the gazebo at 1 p.m., followed by a pedal tractor pull and antique farm machinery parade at 2.
A free concert by the Monarchs will conclude the festival starting at 2:30.