Hayden’s Auto Daze Gone By festival planned


Tribune Staff Reports

Organizers have finalized their plans for this year’s Hayden living history day, Auto Daze Gone By, which will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31.

Using their 1947 Sinclair gas station as the centerpiece, volunteers with the Hayden Historical Museum plan to transform the property into a one-day display of classic cars, truck and motorcycles.

There will be no entry fees, judging, prizes or awards. It will just be a fun day to give folks a chance to show off their vehicles.

Hayden United Methodist Church will be serving an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.

Also at 7 a.m. is the registration for the Luke Elsner Memorial Walk and Run at the Hayden Elementary School parking lot. The walk and run begins at 8 a.m.

Museum buildings will open at 9 a.m. Along with the many artifacts and displays to help tell the history of Hayden and Spencer Township, there will be a special exhibition called Headline News. The front page of 24 different newspaper issues from various time periods will be featured.

The Southern Indiana Model Railroad Association plans to have some of its model train sets on display in the museum’s meeting room.

The museum’s A Place Called Yesterday building is where visitors can see what it was like to have home entertainment before electricity. Another museum building is the Sullivan Blacksmith Shop, and there will be blacksmith demonstrations going on there throughout the day.

The pie baking contest will take place once again this year. Contestants can bring their fruit pies to the museum kitchen from 9 to 11 a.m. after which they will be judged on appearance and taste. Then the top three pies will be auctioned off by Tom Lawson on the outside pavilion stage at noon. The remaining pies will be sliced up and made available in the pavilion in exchange for a donation.

Caroline McDonald, the 2019 Jennings County Fair queen and Spencer Township resident, will be assisting during the pie auction. Other Spencer Township girls who are former Jennings County Fair queens also have been invited to help out during the auction. They include Beverly Spicer Rascoe, Michelle Brittingham Hicks and Brooke Short.

Laura, Aidan, Clare and Theresa Hauersperger will be singing on the outside pavilion stage at 11 a.m. Then at 1 p.m., The Reunion Band will perform some rock ‘n’ roll and popular music on the stage inside the pavilion.

Pam Rockey from Rockey Top restaurant will operate the pavilion concession stand serving food and other refreshments. Erin Collett and her daughters will be serving ice cream treats from the museum kitchen window beginning at noon. Sean Sullivan will have a popcorn machine set up outside the gas station.

The Spencer Township Volunteer Fire Department will serve barbecue chicken dinners at the firehouse from noon to 7 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $10. Proceeds help the department with its operational expenses.

Members of the Jennings County High School FFA chapter will be on hand to help with the parking lots, and some of them will also be conducting a pedal tractor course as an activity for the youngsters. The children also will be able to participate with a rainbow parachute exercise that will be conducted by Leonard Collett.

Volunteer drivers will operate a shuttle service again this year from the museum to the blacksmith shop and firehouse and back to the museum.

Hayden’s version of Scoop the Loop will take place at 3:30 p.m. when the classic vehicles from the show will leave the museum grounds and take a parade lap around Hayden.

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Schedule of events for Hayden’s Auto Daze Gone By on Aug. 31

7 a.m.: Luke Elsner Memorial 5K Walk and Run registration at Hayden Elementary School; all-you-care-to-eat breakfast at Hayden United Methodist Church until 10 a.m.

8 a.m.: Luke Elsner Memorial 5K Walk and Run

9 a.m.: Grounds open for classic car, truck and motorcycle parking; Hayden Historical Museum, 1947 Sinclair gas station, A Place Called Yesterday and Sullivan Blacksmith Shop open

9 to 11 a.m.: Fruit pie entries accepted in the museum kitchen for the pie baking contest

11 a.m.: The Hauersperger Quartet in concert on the outside pavilion stage; judging for the pie baking contest begins

Noon: Pie auction conducted by Tom Lawson on the outside pavilion stage

Noon to 7 p.m.: Barbecue chicken dinners available at the Spencer Township Volunteer Fire Department firehouse

1 p.m.: The Reunion Band in concert in the pavilion

3:30 p.m.: Parade of cars, trucks and motorcycles through town

5 p.m.: Museum grounds and buildings close

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For information, call 812-592-8445 or email [email protected].


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