Parade part of fair celebration
The Vinland Fair will celebrate its centennial, Aug. 9 to 12 with special events featuring antique farm machinery and antique cars reaching back a full century.
From 9 a.m. to late afternoon Aug. 11 the Powers of the Past, an antique tractor club based in Ottawa, is bringing antique tractors, a threshing machine, a horse-drawn corn grinder and a horse-drawn hay compressor to the fair.
The group will have demonstrations throughout the day, utilizing the threshing machine, powered by an antique 1920s McCormick tractor, a horse-drawn corn grinder and a hay compressor, a predecessor of the hay baler.
"Spectators will enjoy watching the threshing machine, a 1920s McCormick, separate the straw and grain from wheat sheaves," Daryl Barnes, Vinland Fair board member and chairman of the event, said.
"They also will get to see one of the earliest methods of hay baling, the hard way. A Haflinger horse is hitched to the machine and travels in a circle while a farmer pitches the hay into the hay compressor. The corn grinder works the same way.
"Despite the so-called mechanization it was still hard work for the farmer."
Among the other antique tractors on display are early Allis-Chalmers, Fords, Olivers, Cases and Internationals.
The antique automobile show, featuring models from the early 1900s to 1957, will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Barnes said anyone who wishes to show is welcome.
He said owners of several interesting early models will bring their cars, weather permitting.
Among the cars is a 1912 Mercer Racer, a replica owned by Dean Weller of De Soto. The Mercer is from the brass-era of cars, and has brass headlights, brass lanterns and wood spoke wheels.
"There are only 10 original Mercers in existence," Barnes said. "This is an exact duplicate, even down to the fenders which Weller made."
In addition, several Model-T's and a 1917 Overland-Willey are scheduled to make their appearance.
Barnes said anyone is welcome to bring antique tractors or cars to the shows. Some door prizes will be awarded.
The Vinland Fairgrounds are located six miles south of Eudora on Douglas County Road 1061 and four miles west on Douglas County Road 460.