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Heritage Weekend set to return

Heritage Weekend set to return
Heritage Weekend set to return
Contestants for this year’s Lanesville Heritage Weekend queen are, front row from left, Madelyn Smith, Josie Powers and Shelby Kahl; back row, Emilee Snyder, Lucita Sharp, Lilly Clifford, Karolynn Phillips and Lauren Thompson. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay

Like most events scheduled to take place in 2020, the 45th version of the Lanesville Heritage Weekend festival was canceled. But, despite, a few changes, like the cancellation of the Lanesville Jaycees’ beer garden, this year’s Heritage event is to begin tomorrow (Thursday) and continue through 5 p.m. Sunday.

New this year will be a double-elimination cornhole tournament from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday (blind draw), with a $15 per player entry fee. On Sunday, the cornhole tourney will switch to doubles with a $50 per team entry fee from noon to 4 p.m. (bring your own player and bags). Both days of cornhole will take place on the west grounds by the food vendors.

Vendor and food booths will open tomorrow at 5, 30 minutes ahead of the official opening ceremony at the gazebo on the Heritage grounds. An antique tractor pull at the tractor pull arena will begin at 6, the same time the amusement rides open at the Lanesville Jaycees Park.

A full day of activities is slated for Friday, beginning with the Lanesville Lions Club breakfast at the Heritage Food Building at 8. The farm toy show will open inside the Lanesville Jaycees Building at 9 a.m. and there will be field machinery demonstrations on the Heritage grounds at 9. Vendor and food booths will open at noon, and the amusement rides will begin operating at 3. The garden tractor pull will begin at 5 p.m. on the Heritage grounds followed by the tractor and truck pulls at 7.

New royalty will be crowned Friday night as the princess and queen pageants will take place beginning at 6 p.m. in the Lanesville Junior-Senior High School gymnasium; admission will be $4 for adults and $3 for ages 18 and younger.

Queen candidates, who will showcase their talents, are:

Lilly Clifford, 9th grade, daughter of Lukas and Christine Clifford;

Shelby Kahl, 11th grade, daughter of Robert and Tanya Kahl;

Karolynn Phillips, 10th grade, daughter of Heather Baker and Robert Phillips;

Josie Powers, 10th grade, daughter of Sam and Tonya Powers;

Lucita Sharp, 11th grade, daughter of Jack and Lucy Sharp;

Madelyn Smith, 12th grade, daughter of Robert and Tara Smith;

Emilee Snyder, 10th grade, daughter of Kimberly and Damian Pullen; and

Lauren Thompson, 12th grade, daughter of April Thompson and Jason Thompson.

The amateur fiddlers’ will begin at 8 p.m. in the Heritage Community Center.

Saturday will begin with the Lions Club breakfast at 8; a five-mile walk, an eight-mile run at 8 and a two-mile kids’ run at 8:10, all starting at the school; the farm toy show at 9, the antique exhibitor tractor pull at 10, the parade along Main Street from Crandall-Lanesville Road to the Heritage entrance at 1; and the tractor and truck pulls at 6.

Vendor and food booths will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the rides will begin operating at 10. A chicken-and-dumpling dinner will be offered beginning at 11 a.m.

To conclude the festival on Sunday, the Lions Club will again offer breakfast beginning at 8. There will be a worship service at 9 at the gazebo, a field machinery demonstration and antique tractor games, both at 10, the farm toy show at 11, a memorial service at noon and the antique farm machinery parade at 2.

Contests throughout the day will feature horseshoe-pitching at 12:15 p.m., log-sawing at 1 and pedal tractor pull for the youngsters at 2.

Vendor and food booths will open at 10 a.m., and the rides will start up an hour later.

A fried chicken dinner will be served beginning at 11 a.m. in the Heritage Community Center,

The festival will conclude with a closing ceremony at 5 p.m.

This year’s featured tractor will be the Oliver & Minneapolis-Moline, while the featured gas engine is the Thermoil. Huber will be the featured steam engine.

Parking for the event is free with free shuttle service available. There is no admission fee except for the princess and queen pageants.

Lanesville Heritage Weekend began in 1976 as part of the country’s bicentennial celebration. Originally held in May, it now takes place the second full weekend in September as a way to showcase the community’s roots.

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