Family activities, live entertainment, antique tractors and cars will highlight the 35th Annual Chisholm Trail Day Festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Heritage Center Museum, 412 S. Campbell.
On the main stage Classic Heart will be playing dance music of the ’50s and ’60s. Also the Bill Burrow’s Highway 40 Band will be performing on the main stage playing bluegrass and country songs. The third performer on the main stage will be Dave “Zerf” Zerfas. Zerf plays Kansas Ballads and Old Cowboy songs.
The admission is $5 for adults in advanced and $7 at the gate. Children ages 3 to 12 are $2.
The History Stage will feature Wilma and Lori Howie, Dave Zerfas, Harold “Trail Song Willie” Williams and Randy Schumock.
The Antique Farm Show will feature the John Deere tractors and farm equipment. The special feature tractor will be John Deere Model M owned by Dee Rodda. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There will be tractor games at 11 a.m. and the Parade of Power will begin at 1 p.m. There will be an antique tractor pull beginning at 2 p.m.
A free pedal tractor pull will be held at 10:30 a.m. for kids 4 to 12 years of age. Registration starts at 9 a.m.
Car lovers can view the Antique and Classic Car Show. There will be more than 50 old and classic cars on exhibit throughout the day. Anyone who would like to bring a car for the show may do so. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
There will be old craft demonstrations on blacksmithing, chair caning, bread baking, molasses boiling, pioneer cooking, lumber sawing and more.
Inside the Heritage Center the Mud Creek Quilters demonstrating the art of quilting.
There will also be a special temporary exhibit on “Dickinson County in the Civil War. “ Also the Heritage Center has updated its Cowboy and Settlers sections. Learn about the cowboys that traveled the Chisholm Trail.
For $1 kids of all ages can ride on the 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel powered by the original steam engine. This carousel is a National Historic Landmark, a National Historic Carousel and was voted as one of top 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs.
For train lovers, the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad powers up their National Historic Register 1919 Santa Fe 4-6-2 “Pacific” No. 3415 Steam Locomotive to relive the days of the steam powered trains. The train will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour.
During the day Wild Bill Hickok will tame the streets of Abilene in 1871 at Old Abilene Town. The Can Can dancers will also perform in the Alamo Saloon at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The Old Abilene Stagecoach located in Old Abilene Town will be running. From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Bill Burrows will also hold a “Cowboy Jam Session” at the Alamo Saloon.
There will be children activities sponsored by the Day Care Providers of Dickinson County, folk craft demonstrations and the Farmers Market. Kasey the Clown will also be roaming the grounds during the day. The Dickinson County 4-H Ambassadors will also provide a petting zoo throughout the day.
There will be food provided by the Dickinson County Historical Society and other food vendors. This year the Day Care Providers of Dickinson County will be serving biscuits and gravy from 7 to 9 a.m.
For more information or to purchase your advance buttons call 785-263-2681, check out www.heritagecenterdk.com or see us on Facebook at Dickinson County Heritage Center.