WINAMAC — The Pulaski County 4-H and Community Fairgrounds is expected to be abuzz with not only sawmills and other machinery later on this week, but crowds of people celebrating the area’s heritage.
Northern Indiana Power From the Past, Inc.’s summer show kicks off Wednesday night for the 37th year in a row and continues over the next four days with a flea market, working displays and demonstrations of tractors, engines, threshers, sawmills and other machines. About 150 vendors will fill the local fairgrounds in Winamac’s City Park off of Old Ind. 14.
It all starts Wednesday with preview night, which includes a Hap’s Chicken Bash from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Josh Wilder, president of Northern Indiana Power From the Past, said vendors will spend the afternoon and evening setting up, providing attendees with a preview of the days to come.
The event really gets going Thursday when displays are up in full force, Wilder said.
“It’s a little something for everybody,” he said.
Entertainment for the day includes a ladies-only skillet toss to see who can toss the cast-iron pan the farthest and live music. There will also be square dancing for both people and tractors, the latter of which will be performed by Lily Pearl’s Square Dancing Tractors out of Rochester.
Festivities continue Friday with displays, demonstrations, the flea market and more live music.
On Saturday night, the Horse & Mule Pullers Association will test the strength of their animals by seeing how many cement blocks they can pull on a sled.
“That’s always well attended,” Wilder said. “People always come in there for that, we usually have a big crowd.”
Wilder said the motivation behind the annual event is to preserve local history through the antiques people have been collecting over the years.