While most people use it regularly now in emails and texts, use of the Smiley emoticon – – on the Internet is said to have started in September 1982, when Scott Fuhrman, a computer scientist from Carnegie Mellon University included the digital smile on a message board to distinguish serious posts from jokes.
Here’s something else that started in 1982 that continues to bring a smile to many in Northwest Ohio. The 30th annual Luckey Fall Festival will be held Sept. 28 to 30 in Basic Park, located on Adams Street between Kreutzer Avenue (SR 582) and Gilbert Road.
The festival will feature a variety of food, music and other entertainment, apple-butter making and saw mill demonstrations, tractor pulls, gas engines, a Muzzleloaders encampment, bingo, horseshoes, antique and classic cars and more. A craft tent and flea market will be open all three days.
Activities get underway at 8 a.m. Friday Sept. 28, when the scales open for tractors competing in the Eastwood FFA’s Antique Pull at 10 a.m. or the Luckey Area Business Tractor Pull later at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is available at 4 p.m. in the main tent followed by bingo at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the festival kicks off an hour earlier with a breakfast available at 7 a.m. and antique tractor weigh-in beginning at 8 a.m. for a scheduled tractor pull at 11:15 a.m. The Classic Auto Show gets underway at 11 a.m. and a hobo dinner and bingo follow at noon.
An old-fashioned horseshoe pitch is set for 1 p.m. The Power of Yesteryear Club will hold its raffle tractor drawing at 4 p.m. The Main Street Country Band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
On the last day of the festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, breakfast will be available at 7 a.m. followed by a community church service at 10 a.m. A chicken barbecue dinner will be served starting at noon in the bingo tent (there will be no bingo on Sunday).
Horseshoe pitching begins again at 1 p.m., as does registration for the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, which will start at 2 p.m. The festival will wrap up at 4:30 p.m.
Admission to the festival is free. All dogs must be on a leash. Limited non-exhibitor camping is available for $30 for the weekend. No hookups available. No ATVs are permitted on the grounds and quiet time is enforced at 11 p.m.; no generators permitted after that time.
For more information about the Luckey Fall Festival, call Larry Swartz at 419-833-1812 or visit www.luckeyfallfestival.com. Pre-registration is encouraged for the flea market by contacting Mike Hubs at 419-287-3230 or emailing my¬¬_hubbs@yahoo.