TRACTOR CADE — Vintage tractors arrive at Charlie’s Park to kick off the 2019 Rae Valley Show.
Intermittent rain forced postponement of some events at the 37th annual Nebraska State Antique Tractor and Horse Plowing Bee near Petersburg last Saturday.
But conditions brightened Sunday and allowed most events and demonstrations to be held, with attendance near normal.
The three-day event started Friday, Aug. 23, with the annual tractor cade from Creston to Charlie’s Park west of Petersburg. Some 55 antique and classic tractors took part in the tractor drive, and a cream can supper was served to about 200 people on the show grounds Friday evening.
“We were disappointed that the rain cut back the crowd on Saturday, but we were happy to see people back on the grounds Sunday,” said Larry Petsche, treasurer of the Rae Valley Heritage Association. “Everyone made the best of it.”
The annual antique farm equipment auction was held Saturday morning, and it was completed just as the rain started falling. Some antique tractor plowing was also completed Saturday morning.
The antique tractor pull had to be postponed on Saturday due to the wet track, but it was held Sunday.
The plowing demonstration Sunday included a team of mules brought by Dave Wilcox of Tilden and horses brought by Mike Mortensen of Neligh, as well as several antique tractors.
All of the working farm demonstrations were held Sunday, including threshing, milling and hay baling and more. The trusty Minneapolis Moline steam tractor operated the threshing machine.
During the Parade of Power, a “riderless tractor” tribute was given long time member Don Anding, who operated the steam tractor for many years at the show. Two other deceased members in the past year, Brian Wright and Elvin Suhr, were also remembered.
The association made use of the quonset building at Charlie’s Park, bringing the kiddie tractor pull competition indoors both Saturday and Sunday. Carson’s Cow Tipper Clowns also made use of the quonset for their annual “clown alley.” This also gave the vendors some extra exposure.
One attraction gaining extra attention this year was the blacksmith shop, where an audience gathered under the tent to watch the “smithies” at work.