| June/July 1988

  • Centennial Engine Float

  • Centennial Engine Float

925 5th Street West, Redfield, SD 57469

On July 4th, Orient, South Dakota celebrated their Centennial. My brother-in-law Ken Schafer and I both grew up on farms near Orient. We decided to put together a parade entry and this is what we came up with. Although the pictures don't seem to show it, it was pouring down rain. It didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits, though.

Ken is pulling the float with a 1930 G. P. John Deere. I am riding on the float to keep the engines running and to keep anyone from getting hurt. Ken's boy Ryan is also riding on the float throwing out candy.

We had a lot of fun and saw a lot of faces that were full of wonderment. We also heard comments like 'You should have called it unheard of farm power,' or 'That one is the best to cook eggs in' and 'We used to have one just like that. I haven't seen one for years.'