Having fun in Haviland

Old-timers and youngsters alike enjoyed activities at the 53rd Southwest Kansas Antique Engine and Thresher Show in Haviland last weekend.

By-standers shouted encouragement to youngsters straining to get a few more inches from their pedal tractors. In the background noises of old engines popping and the hum of an old-time sawmill cutting cedar logs added to the nostalgic atmosphere. August heat waves bounced off the sandy drive and on the northeastern edge of the staging area, dry wind blew wheat chaff onto sweaty pitchfork handlers. It was the 53rd Southwest Kansas Antique Engine and Thresher Show at Haviland, Kansas on Saturday, August 26, and though the exhibitors made the most of it, there just weren’t the bustling crowds of yesteryear.
“We don’t have about half the people here that we had last year,” said engine club vice-president Andy Kimball. “There were a lot of other activities going on this same weekend I guess, but we are still out here having fun. We will keep this going as long as we can.“

(Read more: News – Kiowa County Signal – Kiowa County, KS)