April 21, 2012 – Thunder Over Louisville – We participated in the Opening Ceremony for Thunder. We had 6 vehicles lined up on the Louisville side of the Clark Memorial Bridge when the 4- 75mm Howitzers were fired. What a thrill! We also enjoyed some “Campfire Stew” cooked on the old field stove. I can’t wait until next year.
November 26 – Light Up Louisville Parade – We again showed up in style with 12+ vehicles all lit up in Christmas lights. Major General Edward Tonini again rode with us in General Spicer’s lead Jeep. We made a real hit with the parade Judges, as we won the “Sweepstakes Award” which is First Place. A representative of the committee will be at our January meeting to present our trophy.
November 11 – Veterans Day Parade in Louisville – We will be the showcase group for the parade. We will not actually be in the parade- the parade will be passing by us at the grandstand. More info at the next meeting.
October 28-30 – A commemorative Black Hawk Down with retired Ranger Col. Danny McKnight at MUTC – Butlerville, IN. They are looking for 3-4 late model deuce and a halfs for the re-enactment. To see the video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/lionclawsTV?feature=mhum#p/u/27/0yqeqnchwwI
October 8 – Tobacco Festival and Parade - Carrolton, KY
October 1 – Harvest Homecoming Parade – New Albany, IN
September 29 – Medal of Honor Event – Louisville
September 17 – Ropkeys Armored Museum – Crawfordsville, IN. A great swap meet.
September 9-11 – Lanesville Heritage Weekend – Lanesville, Indiana. Also a very short drive. It is a 3-day event in a static display. We were seen last year by tons of people and also got some new members from it. Some of us even entered our trucks in the Antique Vehicle tractor pull. The security there is very good. www.lanesvilleheritageweekend.org.
September 10 – Crestwood Festival - in Crestwood, KY. Remember that the Lanesville event is our primary event, but for those of you who cannot make Lanesvile, try to go to the Crestwood event. Contact Dell Courtney, the same producer that did the “Light Up Louisville” event. Her phone number is 502-228-5237 for details. The flyer for the event is available at the following website: http://www.southoldhamlions.org/2011FestivalInfo.htm The event schedule is available at: http://www.southoldhamlions.org/2011FestivalEntertainmentSchedule.htm
September 3 – Utica Town Parade – Utica, IN – a nice long parade of floats going a very short distance. Contact Josh Knecht for details. 812-987-6559.
June – CONVOY through Southern Indiana – We will meet at the Howard Steamboat Museum. Se their website http://www.steamboatmuseum.org/locatingus/ for a map and directions, or email Bill Scott. We will meet there between 9 and 10 AM. Then, we will travel to a lunch spot. After lunch, we will be at the Bass Pro Shop in Clarksville for the remainder of the afternoon. Please come and bring your family. Cool beverages are suggested. Club shirts are the appropriate attire.
July 4th – Parade in Madison – Actually held on July 1st. Those Jefferson County people don’t know what a calendar is. I couldn’t download the pictures from Tom Woodburn’s website, but here’s a direct link to them. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2194656273915.129269.1472431530
July 16 – Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington, KY at the Keeneland Racetrack. This is a “highbrow” event usually reserved for only extremely valuable restored cars. We have been invited, as they are creating a catagory for restored military vehicles, too. All military vehicles are invited to come, whether restored or not. We will be kept together in a group. If you do have a restored vehicle, you can enter it for judging as well. Advance registration is necessary for judging. Go to their website www.keenelandconcours.com to complete your registration.
August 3-6 – MVPA National Convention – to be held at the E.J. Nutter Center at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. It is a great venue, and is very close to us. Everyone should plan to bring your vehicle up there. There are many classes in which you can enter your vehicle. Or, come to visit. Registration forms available at www.mvpa.org. -Plan now to make sure you get a spot and get a hotel room.
May 5 – Pegasus Parade – We had 4 jeeps from our club in the parade. They carried the Medal of Honor recipients in them who were the Grand Marshalls of the parade. Here are a couple of pictures.
May 28 – Patton Museum (The New One) “Life of the Soldier” event.
May 14 – Louisville Armed Forces Day Dinner – Gen. David Petraes, Commander, U.S. Central Command, WASL
June 15 – Parade (funeral procession) to the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Knox – We will meet at Fort Knox where we will join the procession to the cemetery. This is to bury the Veterans cremated remains (ashes) that were discovered unburied at the Louisville Crematory.
June 26 – Charlestown, IN Founders Day Parade – A parade and lots of town festival booths, etc.Four vehicles from our club, and a potential new member from Charlestown who owns a 2.5 ton cargo truck.
July 5- Pekin, Indiana July 4th Parade - It is the longest continuously running July 4th parade in the nation. This year will be the 180th year for the event.
July 7-10- MVPA Convention in Topeka, Kansas – Bill Scott took his 1943 Ford GTB Bomb Truck to compete in the Master Class, but was unable to get a win. However, one of our newest members, James Truett, of London, KY entered his M38A1 in the Restored class and won 1st place. Jerry Denny, and Mike and Matt Brown also attended.
August 28 – Sellersburg Celebrates - parade and static display after the parade. This is the home of one of our founders- Charlie Ridenour.
September 10-12 – Lanesville Heritage Weekend – Lanesville, Indiana – This is an event attended by thousands. They specialize in old vehicles, tractors, running antique farm machinery, truck and tractor pulls, etc. It is a major event, and we will be the featured attraction for this year. We had a great turnout for the event. We even got to enter some of our vehicles in the antique tractor pull contests, but just for exhibition.
September 17-19 – Ropkey Museum Rally and Swap Meet – Crawfordsville, IN. Three days of vehicles, swapping parts, etc. Visit the “New Home” of Bill Scott’s monstrous 8-ton Russian Kraz 6×6 truck. It is in good hands now.
October 2 – Harvest Homecoming Parade – New Albany – We have attended for many years. Very well attended. Bring all of your noisemakers (sirens and horns) so we can compete with the others. We have 7 or 8 vehicles in attendance. One of the largest crowds for a parade this year.
October 16 – 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America – Their Century Camporee to be held at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville. It will be the biggest event ever hosted by our local council. There will be Boy Scouts from every Council in Kentucky. Should be over 8,000 Boy Scouts in attendance. You are welcome to come for Friday evening through Sunday noon. Most will be coming for the day Saturday. If only coming Saturday, you need to be there by 8 AM. After that time, the traffic will be terrible.
November 11 – Medal of Honor Recipients Event – It was held at Whitefield Academy in Louisville. There were only 2 of us there, but we were enjoyed by all of the 600 students there. Medal of Honor recipient, “Woodie” Williams was the main speaker for the program. We attended as a preparatory event of the 2011 National Convention for the M.O.H. recipients National Convention which will be held in Louisville.
November 26 – Light Up Louisville Parade – We participated in the Light Up Louisville Parade in a grandious form. 15 vehicles were present, with all of them lit up for Christmas with many kinds of lights. It was an impressive site to behold.
We won the biggest award they present, which is the “Producer’s Award of Merit.” This award is presented by the producer of the event. They told me that this award is not presented at every event they produce. It is only presented when there is an entry that is so exceptional, that it needs to be recognized. We got it!