Edgar Welcomes Engines


| May/June 1999



2722 Glen Drive, Merrill, Wisconsin 54452

At 3:30 on Sunday, Mrs. Lorraine Martyn said, 'We ordered 10,000 entrance buttons and ran out two hours ago.'

The Kurt Umnus Farm, three miles southeast of Edgar, a small central Wisconsin town with a population of 1,354, hosted the 25th North Central Wisconsin Steam and Gas Engine Show August 28 - 30, 1998.

Family groups from young children to great-grandparents, babies riding in strollers, young children being pulled in coaster wagons, a train pulled by a small tractor giving rides to school age children sitting in cut open, blue, plastic barrels with hands turning play steering wheels, teenagers laughing and pointing, people moving in electric wheel chairs or using canes, and horse and tractor drawn wagons with benches offering rides, roam the grounds.

Polka and waltz tunes played by an 'old time' band float from a machine shed where half of the building is used for dancing. Music plays Friday evening, Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoon. The Ray Konkel, Riverside Sounds, Golden Aces, Ernie Strmpf, and Dan Gruetzmacher bands are scheduled.

Pop, beer, and food stands line the other half of the machine shed with booths and chairs for seating in the middle.