By Frank J. Buchman
Old-fashioned wheat threshing with a steam engine assisted by horsepower will once again be the featured attraction Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, at the 37th Fall Festival and Swap Meet at the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association grounds, one mile east of Meriden, Kansas, on Highway K-4.
Jess Noll, president of the Meriden Antique Engine And Threshers Association, said another attraction is the stock antique garden tractor pull at 10 o’clock Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon at 12:30.
“There’ll be seven classes with trophies in each class,” Noll said.
Dr. Cook’s Medicine Show will entertain during an old-time barn dance Saturday evening, starting at 7 o’clock.
A flea market, offering a wide array of arts and crafts and other items, and the making of sorghum, apple cider and apple butter, also are planned.
“There will be plenty of good deals on engines, tractors, machinery, antiques tools and collectibles,” Noll said.
The general store, print shop, blacksmith shop, sawmill, flour mill, log cabin and gas egnine building will be open with working displays.
Services are planned Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, in the Bloomfield Church, and the chuckwagon is to be open for meals both days.
Camping hookups are available, but dogs without a leash and all-terrain vehicles aren’t permitted on the grounds. Utility vehicles and golf carts can be used with a registration fee.
Complete details are available at www.meridenthreshers.org.