Old fashioned corn picking will highlight the activities at Ag Heritage Park, Saturday, September 26th as part of Alta Vista’s annual Old Settler’s Day celebration. A barn quilt block drawing will be held at 4:00 p.m., as well as barn quilt painting demonstration all day at the main museum. Traditional blue grass music is planned to begin at 9:30 a.m. by Ron Schultz and Friends at the main museum building. Ag Heritage Park will participate in the Old Settler’s Day parade downtown at 11:00 a.m. Visitors are welcome to bring tractors and join Ag Heritage Park for the tractor line up at 10:30 a.m.
“Step Back In Time” with vintage corn picking demonstrations scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in a neighboring field near Ag Heritage Park. Traditionally, one row corn picking will be part of the afternoon demonstrations, along with the circa 1920’s shellers, and a Husker shredder demonstration. Hand-husking corn will be demonstrated and also a horse powered ear corn grinder will be featured. Some type of vintage corn harvest will be demonstrated rain or shine.
The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail will co-sponsor a “Barn Quilt Painting Demonstration,” through the day in the main museum building. Barn quilt enthusiasts will explain taping and painting techniques on a 4’ x 4’ barn quilt, as well as offer help in choosing patterns and paint colors all day. Donation tickets will be available to win a 4’ x 4’ barn quilt, “Twisting Star Surprise,” painted and donated by Connie Larson. That drawing will be held at 4:00 p.m. Ag Heritage Park has added a “Corn and Beans” barn quilt and features a pair of barn quilt blocks, “Family Treasure,” displayed on the main museum building. Ag Heritage Park’s barn quilt blocks are part of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, and linked to the American Quilt Trail.
Ron Schultz and Friends enjoy playing a variety of traditional blue grass music. Plenty of seating will be available to “set a spell” and enjoy a cup of coffee while enjoying the music. The group will begin jamming at 9:30 a.m. Drinks and snacks will be available all day at Ag Heritage Park.
Ag Heritage Park will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 26th on Old Settler’s Day. Visitors are invited to visit the museums, 1880’s era farm buildings, and a wide variety of farming implements from the 1800’s horse drawn pieces through the 1960’s tractors and implements. Ag Heritage Park is handicap accessible.
Alta Vista’s Old Settler’s Day activities are planned all day, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K registration, and 8:00 a.m. with vendors, meal, music, kids games, all downtown and at the city park. Several businesses downtown will be open for the day as well, with the annual alumni banquet Saturday evening.
Please follow www.AgHeritagePark.com and Ag Heritage Park Facebook for updated details on the schedule of events in conjunction with Old Settler’s Day activities, or call Kirby Zimmerman at 620-767-2714.