Old Trusty to fill Clay County Fairgrounds

Phil Fisher (left), Hastings and Loren Stoltenberg, Wayne,
take a look at John Deere tractors and other antique farm
equipment during Old Trusty Days Sept. 9, 2012at the Clay
County Fairgrounds.
CLAY CENTER — One feature new to the 31st annual Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show at the Clay County Fairgrounds fits right in with the historic nature of the rest of the show.

The show, sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society, will fill the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For the first time a company is offering tethered hot air balloon rides, weather permitting.

"We haven't had that before and hot air balloons come from the era of early travel, so it's in keeping with our show," said Joyce Schlick of Fairfield, the organizer in charge of booth space. "We've tried before to have them but this worked out this year at the last minute. They are a means of transportation that was used years ago when a lot of this equipment was being used."

Although all tractors and equipment are welcome to be displayed, the show features a specific tractor every year. This year its is International Harvester.

International engines are also featured. For the first 29 years of Old Trusty, engines were featured a few lettered models at a time.

After cycling through the alphabet twice featured engines have corresponded with the featured tractor each of the past two years. In 2012 it was John Deere.
That is a temporary arrangement.

"We'll get to some tractors that didn't have comparable engines and there were a lot of independent engine companies that there were never tractors for," Schlick said.
The plan for 2014 is to feature crawling, industrial and military equipment.
Tractor parades occur each day at 1 p.m.

Country-western musician and Hollywood voice-over artist Rex Allen Jr. will perform 7 p.m. Saturday. He was a regular on the TNN TV Show "The Statler Brothers Show" and narrated the Jim Carrey movie "Me, Myself and Irene."

Schlick said having Allen is of a similar caliber as Leroy Van Dyke the singer of "The Auctioneer," who provided entertainment at Old Trusty in 2012.

"This man, they call him a 'living legend,' " she said about Allen.

Occurring concurrently with Old Trusty is a quilt show at the Clay County Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

"That brings people to the museum and gives women, when they get tired of looking at tractors and the flea market, it gives them something to do," Schlick said.

A shuttle will transport show attendees between the fairgrounds and the museum, which is west of downtown Clay Center.

Cowboy Church, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, is another attraction of the show.

Schlick said space has been in high demand among flea market vendors.

By mid-day Thursday all of the spaces in four of the five buildings had been spoken for and the fifth was half full. Schlick said all of the spaces should have been spoken for by the end of the day today.

"I would think there'd be an increase because the weather's going to be nice," she said of interest in the flea market. "It's going to be hot but the evenings cool off. So that helps."
Old Trusty always brings in big crowds, Schlick said, because it reminds attendees of memories and an earlier time when life was not so hectic.

"One of the things we notice is a lot of people say 'oh Grandpa had that tractor and I used to dive that when I was little,' " Schlick said. "It's just bringing out the old equipment that's still running and they can enjoy it where otherwise you don't use it around the place. Fact once you get it painted up and restored then you want to save it. This is the place to dig it out of the shed and come and experience the fun of driving it."

For more information go to www.oldtrusty.org.

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