WMAT&MA Steam and Gas Engine Show in two weeks
By SHARON KIESEL
The 32nd Annual Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association’s Steam and Gas Engine Show is coming up at the end of this month. The show dates are Friday through Sunday, June 25-27. This year, the featured tractor is the John Deere line which had its start nearly 175 years ago. Also featured this year is the Maytag line of small engines, vintage appliances and other fine Maytag products.
Another feature at the show will be the Antique Truck and Car Show that is boasted to be one of the finest such shows around. The anvil shoot at noon not only announces the noon hour, it also alerts everyone in Frontier Village of the Parade of Power, which begins at 12:10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The green and yellow John Deere tractors will lead the popular parade.
A flea market will be busy all three days of the show as will vendors located throughout the show grounds. At the Frontier Village Center, the WMAT&MA Ladies Auxiliary will be serving breakfast beginning at 6:00 a.m. and lunch during the noon hour or until they run out of food each day. On Friday, the busy day concludes with the Antique Classic Tractor Pull, up to 5500 pounds, at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday is jammed-packed with demonstrations and exhibits throughout the day. The Kids Pedal Tractor Pull begins at 1:30 p.m. and other kid-related activities take place after that. At 3:00 p.m., the popular two-man log saw contest begins, followed by the Slow Tractor Race, Bale Throw and Blind Man Driving Contest. Participants need to sign up early at the announcer’s stand.
The Exhibitors Free Dinner times are 5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. and those wishing to eat the free, light dinner need to have their tickets for presentation. At 6:30 p.m., the Classic 5500 pounds and up Antique Tractor Pull begins.
Sunday morning starts with breakfast at 6:00 a.m. and church services at 8:00 a.m. in the Old Mulberry Church. There are numerous activities throughout the day with the last big event, the Antique Steel and Rubber Tire Tractor Pull, at 3:00 p.m.
Visitors on all three days will not want to miss riding on the South Prairie Railroad for kids one to 100. As you stroll along Frontier Village Streets and visit the old, restored buildings, do not forget to stop by the old time ice cream parlor for an icy treat.
Admission to the show is $6.00 for all three days.