409 Mills Lane New Albany, Indiana 47150
The weekend of September 11-13, 1992, provided near perfect weather for the 17th annual festival weekend. Sunny, with clear blue skies and afternoon highs in the low 80's. Predictably, the turnout was great! The crowd was steady from mid-morning until dark and beyond. There's something here for everyone: saw mill, shingle mill, cooking apple butter and sorghum, tractor pulls, displays, dancing, a large and diversified flea market, and of course, tractors and engines.
The event is growing by huge leaps each year. I would conservatively estimate there were 150 tractors or more. Parades were held Saturday and Sunday, and worship services were available Sunday morning. Food was plentiful and diversified enough to satisfy anyone, and primitive camping was available.
Fifty engine exhibitors displayed 207 engines. By 10 a.m. Saturday morning, about everything was in full swing, the sound of steam whistles and the pop of engines filled the air. Of special interest was an 'Ethyl Corp.' octane testing engine and an inverted engine. Dalbert Whitham was there with his engines and we had a lot of readers wanting to see the Fairbanks-Morse Z featured in GEM August, 1992 page 36. It ran all day pulling an I. H. corn sheller.
Mr. Wayne Lucas, coordinator for the engine exhibitors, did a wonderful job and was a most gracious host. All exhibitors received a button, ribbon, and metal plaque. When Mr. Lucas contacted me, his requirements were: bring whatever you want, but come to have fun. And that we did! This may not be the largest show around, but if you like to have fun and talk to friendly people, you should put this one on your list. Every exhibitor I approached was friendly, willing to answer questions or to start anything you wanted to see or hear run.
Lanesville, Indiana, is only 18 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky, so there are accommodations near at hand. The event is normally held the weekend after Labor Day.
For information write: Lanesville Heritage Weekend, P.O. Box 313, Lanesville, Indiana 47136. Thanks to the organizers, sponsors, all the participants, the visitors, and Mr. Wayne Lucas for a great gathering and a fun time!