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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee Tractor, Engine Club joins Shawnee Milling for annual event

  • As wheat farmers prepare to harvest their winter wheat, the Shawnee Tractor and Engine Club and Shawnee Milling Company prepare to celebrate the history of machinery and techniques that made planting and harvesting more efficient for these and other farmers.


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  • As wheat farmers prepare to harvest their winter wheat, the Shawnee Tractor and Engine Club and Shawnee Milling Company prepare to celebrate the history of machinery and techniques that made planting and harvesting more efficient for these and other farmers.
    The 11th annual Farming Heritage Festival — a free, family event, which will feature Oliver tractors and equipment this year — will begin at 8 a.m. June 19, and continue through June 20, at the Shawnee Feed Center, U.S. 177 and Hardesty Road.
    “The Shawnee Tractor and Engine Club is made up of mostly farmers and those interested in old-fashioned, turn-of-the-century ways of doing things,” Carol Pool, club member, said. “It’s like car restoration but with tractors and farm equipment.”
    The festival includes numerous activities, demonstrations and opportunities to admire and learn about various aspects of farming.
    Some of the highlights of the two-day event include a children’s petting zoo, wheat threshing, corn shelling, a daily Parade of Power, lawnmower pulls, free rope making, free wagon rides and antique tractor, truck and steam engine displays.
    A variety of food vendors also will be on hand during both days of the festival.
    The new and continuing theme of the festival is “Preserve the heritage of American agriculture,” Pool said.
    Karl Kozel, show chairman, said about 100 tractors are expected at this year’s festival, as well as a 1951 self-propelled John Deere combine.
    For more information about the event, visit www.oktractorclub.com or call Kozel at 405-623-2834.
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    Johnna Ray may be reached at 214-3934.
     

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