The Barton County Historical Society’s Rolling Sculpture 2018 drew more than 40 vehicles to the museum grounds Saturday. Each summer, the museum offers an open house and features a free car show.
Local Boy Scouts assisted with parking and traffic control. The museum’s regular staff and volunteers also had a busy day. Several local businesses provided door prizes.
Antiques and classic vehicles filled the east lawn. Brock McPherson brought his 1941 Packard Club Coupe Straight 8, for example, while Butch Krom showed off a restored 1989 Jeep Wranger with a colorful green wrap.
After driving Corvettes and Cameros, Krom said, “I just wanted something different.” He bought the Jeep on eBay and traveled to another state to pick it up, only to discover it needed a lot of work. “It’s like new (now),” he said.
The Vocational Technology Club from Great Bend High School brought the electric cars that students will compete with in the Electro Rally. Club President Tristen Milligan sat in the driver’s seat of one car and answered questions about the project sponsored by Wheatland Electric.
All of the buildings were open and admission was free at the Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village, where staff are getting ready for the Great Bend Airfest at the end of September. Executive Director Beverly Komarek said an exhibit with information about the Great Bend Municipal Airport’s history as a U.S. Army Air Field during World War II can be seen now.
The museum is located at 85 South U.S. 281, just south of the Arkansas River bridge in Great Bend. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.