Old Trusty Days hot ticket in Clay Center

Gary Arment (left), from Athol, Kan., and Dennis Franz
(right), from Newton, Kan., discuss a remote-controlled
replica of a 1938 McCormick-Deering Farmall tractor that was
built from scratch by Franz. The tractor was on display at
Old Trusty Days Saturday in Clay Center.
The 31st Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show was easily the hottest ticket in town this weekend, both literally and figuratively.

With near triple-digit temperatures bearing down on visitors both days —99 Saturday, 98 Sunday— it was a little more than some could bear.

Several people reportedly passed out from the heat on Saturday, including a nurse and snow cone vendor. Flea market vendors fortunate enough to be set up in the air conditioned large building benefited from an increase in traffic flow from those who simply couldn’t tolerate the blazing sun.

Vendor Gail Dreatr was ready to call it a day by 2 p.m. Sunday. Having worked at all 31 Trusty Days shows with her family, she said she could not recall ever having to brave such heat.

“It has been devastating,” she said. “I have never in all these years ever seen it this hot. It’s not worth the heart attack or stroke to be here because it’s just so intense.”

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