If you want a glimpse of the past, this weekend’s antique power exhibition is the place to be.

The Illiana Antique Power Association will present its 28th annual show Friday through Sunday off U.S. Route 41 in northern Warren County.

“It is an inexpensive day,” said Joan Fry, publicity chairwoman. You can spend a whole day outside in the shade. You can see a lot of history.”

A look at times past will be the key ingredient. Antique cars and tractors will be displayed, blacksmiths will share their art and food will be available.

The John Deere is the featured tractor this year. A parade of the tractors is featured at 2 p.m. EDT each day.

Tractor games are planned each day, along with women’s activities that are available to anyone.

Jen Barrett, art teacher at South Newton High School, will demonstrate basket weaving at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday. Pam Evans of Bismarck, Ill., will feature “A Walk through Aprons” at 10 a.m. Saturday. Louise Jewell of rural Otterbein will present “Edible Flowers” on Sunday. Throughout the weekend Deb Dillman will demonstrate chopping bowls throughout the weekend.

Kathy Olin will feature Kathy’s Kitchen with homestyle cooking, and Sophia Rosa will show chair caning.

The Illiana Antique Power Association will feature three new structures this year. A new building was constructed for the women’s activities, and two old buildings were moved from the farm of Joe and Joan Fry.

“They have really worked on these,” said Terry Bodine of near Covington, one of the show organizers. “The club grounds looks like a million dollars. They have planted trees and set flower pots all around.”

Many old-time farm ways will be featured, and those displaying them will be happy to share their information. A sawmill will be in operation.

Some of the fields will be plowed, and the oats will be harvested during the weekend.

Kids will play bingo for festival buttons. They will receive a sheet when they enter the grounds and can win a hat with buttons when they win.

A flea market will feature antiques, farm tools and other items.

“We want to preserve the old way of doing things,” said Fry.

“This is a good one-day trip. It is a good wholesome way to spend a day.


The Illiana Antique Power Association is staging its antique power exhibition at the club grounds west of Rainsville. Take Indiana Route 63 to where it merges with U.S. Route 41. Go east off U.S. 41 on County Road 650, which becomes Brisco Road, to the site. Gate admission is $4.



8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT: Grounds open.

9 a.m.: Opening ceremony with flag raising and national anthem.

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Basket weaving.

2 p.m. Power parade.


8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Grounds open.

10 a.m.: A Walk through Aprons.

11 a.m.: Antique car parade.

2 p.m.: Power parade.


8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Grounds open.

8:30 a.m.: Worship service with David Sims of the Sterling Christian Church, Veedersburg.

2 p.m.: Power parade.

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