LARNED — The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum honored volunteer Dale Otte during the 15th Annual Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show held Saturday and Sunday.
Otte was a longtime member of the Fort Larned Historical Society board of directors and worked tirelessly as a volunteer.
Before each anvil shoot, someone will speak about Otte’s many contributions to the museum. The Kansas Anvil Shooters will shoot the anvil three times each day, sponsored by Great Bend Farm Equipment, Inc.
There will be a memorial for Dale Otte during the Sunday 9 a.m. worship service in the Historic Johnson Street Escue Chapel. The service is sponsored by Debes Farms.
The Tired Iron festivities run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and up. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
New this year is music by the Hell Creek Bridge Band, playing southern rock and country music. The band will play on the museum’s west porch from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Sue’s BBQ and Bahama Mama’s will sell food and drinks during the performance. Pawnee County Coop Association, Prolific Resources, and Sue’s BBQ are sponsoring the event. Admission to the performance is included with Tired Iron Show admission.
Other new fun events that have been added this year include Cowboy Mounted Shooting demonstrations (both days) and Slowest Tractor and Tractor Barrel Races on Saturday.
Saturday, just west of the Frizell Depot, Pawnee Valley Feed Yard is sponsoring a harnessing and horse drawn plowing demonstration at 12:30 p.m.
On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. an air powered pumpkin cannon will launch pumpkins far out into the pasture southwest of the museum grounds during Punkin’ Chunkin’, sponsored by Ward Feed Yard, Inc.
Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday will be the Tractor Pull Competition, sponsored by First State Bank & Trust Co.
Wheat threshing sponsored by Carr Auction & Real Estate, Inc., corn shelling sponsored by Standish Farms, blacksmithing sponsored by Producers Hybrids, wheat grinding sponsored by Ruff Stuff Parts & Supply, and horseshoeing sponsored by Josefiak Farms.
Children will enjoy the Kids Korral & Petting Zoo sponsored by Mull Farms and Feeding, Inc., Class in the One-Room Schoolhouse sponsored by James R. Boyd, Kids Corn Coin Hunt sponsored by Bar F Farms and K & K Cattle, games, and barrel train rides on the Schartz Express.
People can visit the working miniature farm equipment, model railroad demonstrations, and enjoy a beautiful quilt exhibit by the Quilting Bee’s. On Saturday there will be wood carvers demonstrating different techniques on the west porch.
For more information, access www.santafetrailcenter.org or call 620/285-2054. The Santa Fe Trail Center is two miles west of Larned on K-156.