For those who love history or active readers “walking back in time” is a familiar turn of phrase, but this coming weekend everyone in the area is welcome to literally take a step into history by visiting the Illiana Antique Power Association, 12 miles north of Attica.
Board president Tom Swanson explained that a lot has been done to preserve rural Americana, while making sure the grounds are ready to exist for many years to come.
The IAPA received a $50,000 grant from the Tippecanoe Arts Foundation in 2018 and it has been used to do many upgrades to the village and infrastructure of the property.
A community building has been constructed and finished around a stone chimney that is original to the property, and the chimney was also able to be “shored up” by the original 80-plus year old artisan, Swanson said. Additionally, Warren County REMC has run underground electric lines to every building on the grounds, paid for with the grant.
“It’s been a busy time getting these projects done,” he said. “A huge thank you to Tetia Lee at the arts foundation.”
“The community building can be rented for other occasions,” he added. “The room has a capacity of 100, with kitchen facilities on-site. The fee to rent it is $250.”
This is the 38th year for the Illiana Antique Power Association Show, and it wouldn’t happen without an active and excellent pool of volunteers,” Swanson said.
There will be a parade daily at 2 p.m. and on Friday evening there is a country group coming to perform on stage at 7 p.m.; Saturday will have tractor games beginning at 10 a.m. On Sunday the activities include a church service at 8 a.m., and then at 11 a.m. registration for a kiddie tractor parade will begin with the actual parade at 1 p.m.
“We try to appeal to the interests of everyone,” Swanson stated.
There will be demonstrations of corn shelling, quilting, and an operating miniature railroad around the grounds, woodworking, saw mill demonstration, blacksmithing, as well as old cars and trucks for viewing appreciation. If anyone owns an antique car, truck, or piece of farm equipment, it’s free to bring it to display, Swanson stated
The show is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 19-20 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21.
There’s a gate fee is $5 per person; children 12 and under are free.
Club show grounds are located east on Warren County Road 650.
Additional contact information is available on the website www.illianaantiquepower.com.