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Antique tractor show coming to Webster Co. Fairgrounds

The 32nd annual Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor and Engine Club’s Antique Tractor Show will run alongside the Webster County Fair at the county fairgrounds this week.

The festivities kick off on Thursday and run through Sunday. Admission is free and guests are welcomed to enjoy attractions like a miniature steam train, a working sawmill, stationary engines, horseshoe pitching demonstrations and more. Of course, the main attraction is the vintage garden tractors and homemade tractors and equipment.

Club President Gary Tussing said he isn’t sure how many people to expect at the show this year.

“With everything that’s going on, I don’t know,” he said.

For those who do attend, most of the events will be outdoors. There will be an open-sided tent to shield visitors from the sun and plenty of seating, though visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs, Tussing said.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing on, Tussing said there will be a handwashing station available for guests.

“As far as everything else, it’s all outside, so we’re hoping that people will just use common sense and distance and do the safe things,” he said.

Homemade ice cream, pie and kettlecorn will be served daily. On Friday, there will be smoke pork loin sandwiches from 3 p.m. until they’re all gone.

“We have the old steam train they used to run at Oleson Park back in the 50s and 60s,” Tussing said. “It’s operational and free to ride for everyone.”

Friday night’s entertainment will feature music from Rockabilly Hall of Fame rocker Robby Vee. Vee will take the stage at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

An antique tractor pull will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“Since there hasn’t been too much going on lately, we’re hoping that since this is an outdoor event, we’ll have a lot of people show up and have a good time with it,” Tussing said.

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