As summer begins to wind down, Crawford County will play host to two popular annual events this weekend.
Flat Rock Homecoming and the Oblong Tractor and Engine Show run Friday through Sunday, offering food, music, fun and the familiar putt-putt of vintage tractors.
This is the 42nd year for the Flat Rock Homecoming festival. Activities get underway with a hot rod show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the village park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the department's Toys-4-Tots fund.
The band Hot Rod Lincoln performs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and there will be a drawing for a $50 cash prize.
Food, vendor and craft booths will open at 5 p.m. Friday. They will be open all day Saturday.
Saturday's events begin with a biscuits and gravy breakfast in the Flat Rock Community Center sponsored by First Missionary Baptist Church. Funds from the breakfast will be used to purchase playground equipment for the park.
The annual parade, always a highlight of the event, is 10 a.m. Saturday.
First responders will be honored during the parade. All area departments are encouraged to bring their vehicles to participate in the parade and help the Flat Rock Area Fire Protection District celebrate 70 years of service to Flat Rock and the surrounding area.
The parade is also open to all area businesses, churches and individuals. Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m., at the community center. Trophies will be awarded in three categories.
The parade is followed by a flag raising ceremony, sponsored by the Flat Rock American Legion, at 10:30 a.m.
The rest of the morning activities include a cake walk, sponsored by the TOPS club from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m., a Good People Award presentation at 10:45 a.m. and a performance by The Gospel Messengers on the bandstand from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
Prize drawings are noon and 4 and 6 p.m.
The Flat Rock Jammers play from 1 until 2 p.m. on the bandstand.
The annual frog jumping contest, hosted by Flat Rock Telephone Company, is 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will have to supply their own amphibians.
A "Flat Rock's Got Talent" contest is planned for the bandstand from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in performing should call 584-3554 or 584-3300 to register.
A baby contest, open to infants birth to 12 months, is 5 to 6 p.m.
Children's games, hosted by the Maxwell House Cafe, are scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Water's Edge plays on the bandstand from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The day's final prize drawing, for $100, is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. A fireworks show, hosted by the Flat Rock American Legion and the festival committee, closes out the day at 9 p.m.
Events wrap up with a communitywide church service at the park at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Flat Rock Free Methodist is hosting the service.
For more or general information or to inquire about a vendor space call 584-3300. The festival is also on Facebook.
The 33nd annual Oblong Tractor and Engine Show fires up this weekend at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.
Featured tractors this year will be Oliver and Hart-Parr and the featured engine will be the Novo. Large engines on display will be 100 HP Fairbanks-Morse, 75 HP Superior, 60 HP Muncie and several active exhibits of thrashing, bailing and well pumping. There will also be antique cars and trucks, small farm and household engines, a flea market and food vendors.
An antique tractor pull at the grandstands kicks things off at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
A pedal tractor pull is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.
The farm toy show is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the 4-H building.
The Parade of Power rolls out at 1:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday parade is followed by a horse pull demonstration.
On Sunday, there are church services in the Grange Building at 8:30 a.m. A car show is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be an assortment of flea market and antique and power tool vendors. There will also be a consignment ring for 10 percent. Some camping spots are available. Admission is $5 with children under 12 free. Parking is free.