Gibson is for Gearheads

by Janice Barniak, contributor

If it revs, if it vrooms, if it occasionally goes boom, Gibson County celebrates it all summer with car shows, tractor pulls, motocross, ATV rides, demo derby and of course racing at Tri-State Speedway.

We say around here that Gibson County is for gearheads — not only is Toyota the largest employer, meaning many talented locals are building cars from the ground up, but the county is chock full of machine people who like to soup up and trick out every kind of ride from Jeep to ATV to even golf carts.

Motor enthusiasts are covered this summer starting Memorial Day weekend, kicking off Friday with the Southern Indiana Car Club Cruise-in on the historic Princeton square, starting at 5:30 p.m. and running until 8:30 p.m. May 28 with all proceeds going to Dollars for Scholars.

Also Friday is the annual Memorial weekend antique tractor show in memory of veterans. The display hosted by the Gibson County Antique Machinery Association, will have 60 antique tractors on CR900S east of Buckskin and south of Mackey Friday through Monday. According to organizers, the stretch of road is between two cemeteries, two miles south of the Mackey traffic light, and visitors are welcome to stop in and chat with tractor owners in the garage next to the tractor show.

This weekend is also a chance to take in a day at the races with the Tri-State Speedway Memorial Weekend Classic, at 6 p.m. May 30 in Haubstadt. The racing action features MSCS Sprints, UMP Modifieds, and MMSA Mini Sprints! The races are giving $5 off general admission for those with military ID for this event, otherwise adults are $20, students over 13 years old are $15, and 12 and younger are free. Pit passes for all ages are $30.