1986 Prairie Village Show


Tractors at Prairie Village show

Tractors on the return route from the parade at Prairie Village show.

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Box 207, 708 E. 7th Colton, South Dakota 57018

The 24th Annual Prairie Village Jamboree was held August 22, 23, and 24 without any major problems from the weather which, you all know, can make or break a show.

Friday, the state antique tractor plowing contest was held in the morning, the state antique tractor pull on rubber tires in the afternoon and home entertainment in the Opera House in the evening.

Saturday we had the state horse plowing contest in the morning, the state antique tractor pull on steel wheels in the afternoon, and the Old Time Fiddlers in the Opera House in the evening.

Sunday, church services were held and gospel quartets performed in the Opera House.

Some of the daily attractions included steam and gas threshing. We had a hand fed thresher powered by an 8 HP International Famous gas engine which worked very well. Then our newest attraction, which drew a lot of attention, was the 6-team horsepower operated Red River Special thresher. Some trouble was experienced on Friday keeping the horsepower staked down, but on Saturday and Sunday, it was working with very few problems.

The daily horse, car, and tractor parade is growing every year. We had three wagon trains journey to Prairie Village this year from various areas nearby and many other horses also.

The tractor count was close to 300 and we are seeing some very nice restorations. The gas engine and car numbers have been down the past few years and we would like to see more of them in the future.

The volunteer fire department from Chancellor, South Dakota, put on a display with their old gas engine operated pumper.

The 1893 steam powered carousel was in operation giving rides, as well as the steam powered narrow gauge railroad.

The Baker fan was used by many to 'tune up' for the tractor pulls.

We also had a few antique aircraft at the show again this year and a short plane ride was taken by many people.

There were many more smaller demonstrations in operation which I will not attempt to mention individually for fear of leaving something out.

The very large flea market was even larger this year which kept many people looking for that one 'special treasure.'

We now have nearly 50 buildings at Prairie Village which are furnished as you would have seen them in the days of yesteryear. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy and we would like to invite all of you to attend our next show.