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A trip back in time

Despite wet weather, 21st Antique Farm Show was a hit with visitors

June 18, 2010
Matt Mullally

The one thing organizers of the Dale and Martha Hawk Antique Farm Show can't control is the weather.

And unfortunately, weather conditions for the June 11-13 event northeast of Wolford were less than ideal for the 21st show.

"That's the way it goes sometimes,' said Marlys Johnson, one of the event coordinators. "You can plan for everything, but not the weather."

While the weather affected attendance and put a damper on some activities, there was still plenty to see and do to keep visitors busy.

In addition to the museum displays, a craft show was held and there was musical entertainment.

A talent show, dance and a musical highlighted evening events. And of course, there was plenty of food.

"We wanted to make sure there was a lot for people of all ages to see and do,' Johnson said.

Attendance was good for Friday's variety show and Saturday's musical.

Afternoon rain showers prevented one of the show's signature events - the parade of steam engines and vintage tractors to be held on day one of the show - but dry weather allowed the parade to go off as planned on the last two days.

The threshing machine and its volunteer crew entertained curious onlookers and there was also sawmill cutting and blacksmith demonstrations going on.

"Sunday was our best day,' Johnson said, however, final attendance figures were not tallied. "The sun came out and we had a good crowd."

There were 13 states and two Canadian provinces represented at the show.

While many visitors attend for just a day, a good number of campers stayed for the weekend.

Volunteers early last week were cleaning up the grounds, moving tractors and steam engines into buildings and catching their breath after three hectic days.

"The volunteers are really the backbone of this event,' Johnson said.

Soon attention will turn to planning next year's show, and hopefully, Mother Nature will be a little more cooperative.



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