By Frank J. Buchman
It’s time to saddle up and head to the 38th annual Chisholm Trail Day Festival, Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Heritage Center Museum, 412 South Campbell, in Abilene, Kansas.
“There will be lots of fun and activities for the whole family,” assured Jeff Sheets, official of the Dickinson County Historical Society, event sponsor.
The Route, a band from Wichita, will perform traditional Appalachian music from the Allegheny Mountains and the Great Plains.
.Kelly Werts will entertain with great music that has come from the past, and celebrate it in the present, using two simple ingredients, voice and guitar,
On the History stage, Dave “Zerf” Zerfas will be playing Kansas ballads and old cowboy songs. Brytani Arnberger and Randy Schumock will also entertain.
This year, the Antique Farm Show will feature Oliver tractors and farm equipment. There will be tractor games at 11 o’clock, and the Parade of Power begins at 1 o’clock.
There will be more than 50 old and classic cars on exhibit throughout the day. Demonstrations on blacksmithing, chair caning, molasses boiling, pioneer cooking, lumber sawing, wood carving, spinning and weaving wool as well as quilting are scheduled
The 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel powered by the original steam engine will be in operation. Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad steam-powered train will also be giving rides.
Wild Bill Hickok is to on hand to tame the streets of Old Abilene like it was in 1871, and there’ll be rides on the Old Abilene Stagecoach.
Children activities include a bounce house, folk craft demonstrations and Kasey the Clown and “Timbo” will also be roaming the grounds. A pedal pull for children is at 2:30.
“There will be lots of great food and entrainment throughout the day,” Sheets said.
Information is available at 785-263-2681, www.heritagecenterdk.com and on Facebook.