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Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show opens Saturday
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LARNED — The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum and Research Library will host the 19th Annual Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. This long-running event promises to be a fun-filled and educational family affair, sponsors said. Highlighting antique tractors and gas engines, the Tired Iron Show draws a large crowd from central Kansas as well as surrounding states. Admission to the event is a freewill offering to help replace the HVAC system at the museum.

One of the many returning activities at this year’s event includes the ever-popular Anvil Shoot. The Kansas Anvil Shooters will shoot the anvil three times each day. 

The Historic Escue Chapel will be the venue both Saturday and Sunday for the Windchimes, a musical group made up of local singers. The Chapel will also host the Sunday morning worship service.

New this year on Saturday will be the hot rod tractor pull. Saturday also has the kids tractor pull and the “slowest tractor” event.

On Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. is the regular tractor pull competition. Ribbons will be awarded to the first, second, and third places in each weight class.

On both Saturday and Sunday there will be scheduled demonstrations of wheat threshing, corn shelling, and blacksmithing – as well as a horse-drawn plowing demonstration at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a working miniature farm equipment display and the special Soil Tunnel Trailer exhibit. 

Kids will enjoy the Pumpkin Patch Games and Schartz Express Barrel Train rides. They can attend class in the one-room school, join the storytelling session and hunt for money in the Kids Corn Coin Hunt.

Attendees can give their feet a break and catch a ride on the people mover. Concessions will be available from Sue’s BBQ and Bahama Mamas.

A full schedule can be found at the website Those interested in exhibiting an antique tractor, gas engine, antique or classic vehicle may visit the website or call 620-285-2054 for more information. The Santa Fe Trail Center is located 2 miles west of Larned on K-156.