Jon and Sonny Meyers enjoy belting up to the sawmill.
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Two teachers from Lanesville High School of Lanesville, Indiana, planned a heritage program in celebration of our country's birthday. From its beginning at L. H. S. with the community's support, it has grown into a full weekend of History Comes Alive.'
Lanesville, by the way, is just west of Louisville, Kentucky. Lanesville has the philosophy of our forefathers, of working together for a common good. This has a rippling effect. For example, churohes, schools and school organizations, athletic pro
grams, boy and girl scouts, non-profit organizations, as well as individuals, are helped financially, enabling them to continue their good works. These people attract their friends, relatives and acquaintances who, more often than not, volunteer to help at various booths.
Visitors enjoy listening to Kitten's musical exhaust all its own while running the saw. Even owner Francis Lindauer (at center, in the fishing hat) stands back and listens.
To have more than 30,000 visitors for the weekend, Lanesville has quite a variety of events.
A parade is a must, and there were an amazing 176 units in the parade. Some of the activities include a fiddler's contest, log sawing contests, horseshoe pitching and, of course, an antique tractor display. The tractors included 210 tractors, 100 pull tractors, and 11 steam engines. The oldest tractor was a 1916 Titan owned by Lindauer Farms of Ferdinand, Indiana. Lindauer Farms also had a Kitten steam engine to power the various displays.
The steam engines huffed and puffed and whistled as each engine took its turn to furnish power to run the sawmill, grain separators, Baker fan, and even a spark display after dark. History did indeed come alive in Lanesville.
Members of Southern Indiana Horse and Mule Association worked hard as they plowed, disked, harrowed and rolled the ground in preparation for seeding and planting a crop much as did the farmers of the early and mid-1900s. Hit & miss gasoline engines had a display of over 100 engines.
Antique tractor games included a slow race, barrel roll, quick start (electric), quick start (hand crank), egg cracking, and a bucket brigade. Saturday night the tractor pull had a surprise entry of one Avery under-mount steam engine owned by none other than Lindauer Farms. By the way, it made a full pull.
Maynard Lambertus, eighth year chairman, said the reasons for the success of the show are experience, volunteer-ism, dedication, and of course good weather.
For people not so interested in tractors or engines, there were plenty of other activities like apple butter making, quilting, soap making, small crafts, and food and craft booths 260 in all.
Lanesville sure knows how to put on a festival, and I enjoyed running the steam engines again especially the Kitten. Bernie Pund and I had the Kitten on the sawmill for about an hour and we used about a half bunker of coal and 1/3 tank, of water. Sure seemed like the ole Kitten was running efficiently that day.
1976 to 1998 is 23 years of remembering the history of our country in September each year, and Lanesville has a good formula to keep it alive.