Meriden threshers plan Fall Festival this weekend

“Old fashioned wheat threshing with a steam engine and assistance from horse power.”

That’s the featured attraction again for the 36th annual Fall Festival and Swap Meet scheduled this weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, one mile east of Meriden, Kan., on K-4 Highway.

“Come on out. There’s plenty to do and see,” welcomed Jess Noll, official of the Meriden Antique Engine And Threshers Association, event sponsor.

Of course, another special attraction is the Stock Antique Garden Tractor Pull,Saturday morning starting at 10 o’clock, and again Sunday at 12:30.

“There’ll be seven classes with trophies in each class,” Noll clarified.

But, Dr. Cook’s Medicine Show entertaining for the old time barn dance, Saturday night from 7 to 10, is expected to be a shindig of all times, Noll emphasized.

However, don’t be misled, there’s action going constantly both days from early in the morning until late each night.

A flea market featuring a wide array of offerings including arts and crafts sales has been planned along with making sorghum, apple cider and apple butter.

Buildings and businesses in the old town on the grounds will be going full fledge with a general store, print shop, blacksmith shop, sawmill and flour mill, but there are also the sorghum building, a gas engine building and a log cabin.

“Watch us do all this and more the old fashioned way,” Noll invited.

There’ll be fashioned wheat threshing as just one of the special attractions for the 36th annual Fall Festival and Swap Meet, September 27-28, at the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association grounds just east of Meriden, on K-4 Highway.
There’ll be fashioned wheat threshing as just one of the special attractions for the 36th annual Fall Festival and Swap Meet, September 27-28, at the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association grounds just east of Meriden, on K-4 Highway.

Importantly, “There be plenty of good deals on engines, tractors, machinery, antiques tools and collectables,” Noll stated.

Services are set for the Bloomfield Church at 9 o’clock, Sunday morning, and the chuck wagon is open for meals all day both days.

Camping hookups are available, but no dogs without leash or ATVS are permitted on the grounds. UTVS and golf carts can be used with a registration fee.

Complete details are at www.meridenthreshers.org.