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Antique tractor parade
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Eight-year-old Ben Melton of North Platte tries on a human yoke used by the pioneers
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Kirby Mullen of Kirwin Kan., at right, advises a couple young ladies in the fast draw shoot.
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Kenzee Reitz and her dad in the antique tractor parade.
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Trying out an antique lawn mower.
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Vickie McCarty in a replica of an Annie Oakley dress and a treasure chest of memorabilia.

A good size crowd was on hand at the Heritage Festival Saturday at the Lincoln County Historical Museum, with a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.  

Vendors sold crafts as well as  jewelry, books, quilts and art works.

The antique tractor parade was in the afternoon showed off a wide variety of makes and models.

A first this year was the Cowboy Fast Draw Association competition. Greg and Dorita Burrows, along with range officer Ben Walker of Bertrand let anyone with a desire to fire a six gun at a target strap on a gun.

Two horse drawn wagons and a kiddie train circled the grounds.

Many entertainers performed -- the Flat Rock Irregulars, Gospel Lites and folksinger/guitarist Chris Kennedy. Willard Hollopeter of northern Nebraska entertained with humorous cowboy poetry.

For those with an appetite, Jose Perez brought his LaPachanga Authenic Mexican Food trailer. Susan Morgan had her food wagon from Sutherland selling hamburgers and hot dogs. Lori Bergman from North Platte had her Double-Dips Ice Creamery on hand with ice cream in many flavors. North Platte Special Olympians sold homemade pies, a favorite with festival goers and the Kettle Corn wagon from Lebanon sold freshly popped corn.

The festival will continue Sunday with a horse carriage driving competition at 11 a.m., the beard growing contest at 1 p.m. and the North Platte Municipal Band Concert, starting at 2:30 p.m.

The John Harshfield memorial tractor rodeo starts at 2 p.m.  

The museum is open with free admission and the North Platte model train club has a large train display in the Leu Room in the museum.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/28/2014
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