More than 1,000 people came out from 8 different states for the first Farm Heritage Celebration hosted by the Southeast Kansas Farm History Center. The event took place at Tolen Creek Park in Parsons and showcased working vintage agricultural implements and many turn of the Century demonstrations.

Activities during the celebration included draft horse working, broom makers, quilters, rope making, milling, and an antique tractor parade. Free wagon rides were given by various teams.

Event coordinators said the beautiful October weather and the variety of exhibits and period demonstrations helped to draw a large crowd to the first event.

“With the first year under our belt, we plan to take all suggestions of what worked and what didn’t, along with ideas for demonstrations for next year. Now is the time to start planning,” said Kari West, celebration spokesperson. “The Farm History Board worked very hard to make this weekend’s event happen, and we were very pleased with the excitement and support from the general public as well as the sponsors.”

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