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Heritage Festival offers history, tractors, trainsTell North Platte what you think
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Lilyona Seward with Bruce Richman as Buffalo Bill.
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Wagon rides throughout the weekend
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A 1927 Hart Parr tractor, owned by Charles Stout and sons of Hershey.
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Tractor powered pitcher pump
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Shelling corn
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Stylish beard: Layne Pyzer
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Frontier Revue
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A 1936 steel paddle-wheeled John Deere belonging to Marvin Henry of Maywood.
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Most natural beards, from left: James Ruffing of North Platte, Jed Fleming of Paxton and Norman LaRue of North Platte.
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Grinding coffee by hand, Willa Sharp, at left, of Aurora and Rene Assels of Maxwell.
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Miniature train set, displayed by John Dorwart.

Heavy clouds and occasional rain showers Saturday didn’t scare off an estimated 1,200 people who came to see the Heritage Festival at the Lincoln County Museum.

Food vendors offered a wide variety -- cotton candy, kettle corn, hot dogs, prime rib sandwiches, brats, Mexican food, ice cream and old-fashioned sodas.

Crafters were in abundance, offering homemade items. Visitors found décor made of recycled glass bottles, purses, jewelry, homemade soaps and lotions. Three spinning wheels were operating inside the Ericsson house, one of the first two-story homes in Lincoln County.

Heather Stone of Omaha offered vintage photo. Visitors could dress in pioneer clothing, pose for pictures and receive a print on the spot. North Platte woodcarvers demonstrated their art inside the machine shed.

The kids were included in the festivities with fun things like hay rack rides, tractor rides, a kids’ boot kicking contest and a corn dive. A horse tank filled with corn kernals had coins mixed in, and kids could jump in and dig around, find the money and keep what they found.

North Platte's Bruce Richman, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill, was on hand to visit with kids and let them pet his horse.

Live musical entertainment started at 10 a.m. with North Platte's Flatrock Irregulars and Irish music. The Gospel Lites followed and by the time they were finished, the sky cleared and the sun came out.

The Frontier Revue cast gave a sample of shows they are presenting downtown at the Neville Center during Nebraskaland Days.

The featured musical entertainer Saturday was Rascal Martinez of North Platte.

The favorite food booth every year in the past, the German-American, was missing this year much to the dismay of many visitors. Museum director Jim Griffin said that the owners have retired and are no longer traveling around with their booth.

The Special Olympics had a booth with homemade pies that attracted lots of buyers.

Antique tractors and equipment were on hand to demonstrate what they could do -- shelling corn, crushing cans, baling hay and splitting logs. One tractor pumped water from a water pitcher pump.

At 2:30 p.m. the tractor parade started, and a wide variety of tractors paraded past the bleachers.

Guides gave tours of the Frederickson house – a two-story house built in 1900 with items purchased from Sears-Roebuck. Guides also showed people around the Fort McPherson log building, which served the officers’ quarters on the Fort in the late 1800s.

The museum was open for visitors to tour the building and the model train club had a large display of miniature trains set up in the Leu Room, which displays old West and ranching artifacts.

On Sunday, the festival started at noon. At 1 p.m., beards were judged, attracting 19 competitors who were judged on most stylish, most natural and softest.

Layne Pyzer of North Platte won first in the style division with a red, white and blue beard.

James Ruffing of North Platte was the most natural.

Robert Sailors of Brownville won first for the softest beard.

The two-day event ended with the tractor rodeo. A variety of obstacle courses were set up for drivers to go through, and the rodeo ended with a blind driver contest. The driver had a blindfold and a rider on the back would give him directions through the obstacle course.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/9/2013
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