Gibson is for Gearheads – Part 2

by Janice Barniak, contributor

If dad is a Gearhead, consider a Gibson County weekend as a Father’s Day gift this year.

Take dad to the 6 p.m. Sunday, June 6 race at Tri State Speedway for USAC Indiana Midget Week/MSCS Sprints with a $2000 prize sure to bring in the best races for the midgets and sprints.

Hot laps start at 6 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 for adults, but if it’s a gift for dad, be sure to spring for the Pit Pass for an extra $5 so he can meet the drivers and take pictures with them and their cars.

If a whole-weekend racing adventure is more his speed, start Friday, June 25 with Southern Indiana Car Club Cruise-In on the Princeton square with live music and awards.  Follow that up in Haubstadt with Tri-State Speedway’s ‘Summer Shootout’ at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.

The next morning, Gibson County Animal Services will host Cruzin’ for Critters Car Show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lafayette Park in Princeton. The event will offer food, music, door prizes and more!

If you’re going to make any of these events into a weekend, especially with a man over 50, consider calling ahead to Henager’s Memories and Nostalgia Museum. Owner, James Henager, says the museum been open by appointment only during COVID-19, but is now reopening. Henager’s is still building its automotive collection, slated to be its own future exhibit, but some pieces are currently on display, including a Model A, car manuals from the 1940s and other antique pieces used on cars. While that will bring back memories, for men who grew up in the 1950s, the Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy and other “televised Western” memorabilia will evoke a time when good-and-evil was as black-and-white as the cowboys and robbers on their pre-color television screens.

If you’re looking for even more transportation-themed events, click here for this schedule of upcoming events, and meanwhile, be sure to take pictures and tag #gogibson so we can share the great experience people are having in the county