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Tractor pulls, petting zoo and more at 48th annual Fort Antes Historical Days

ANTES FORT — The Nippenose Historical Committee has been hard at work preparing for this year’s 48th Annual Fort Antes Historical Days taking place this weekend. The event kicks off tonight at 4 p.m. with the opening of the grounds and food stands.

“We’ve been busy busy getting things set up,” Nippenose Township Supervisor Wayne Wall said.

This year will feature some new exhibits and events as well as some old favorites.

“The fireworks, the truck and tractor pulls are always big hits,” Wall said.

The truck and tractor pulls will take place on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

For those who are interested in the agricultural history of the area there will be a unique display that takes a look at a less common form of farming.

“There will be a display of rice farms when they were doing the farming here in the community,” Wall said.

Rice farming is the theme of this year’s event which will feature real equipment used by the Dotterer family, who allowed the committee to put the items on display.

“The family kept a lot of memorabilia that they are letting us use,” Wall said.

Anyone who attends the weekend long event will have a chance to learn about how a local family farmed rice from 1946 to 1979.

Also new this year is a corn hole tournament which will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

Those who would like to participate can sign up the day of the event, no pre-registration is required, Wall said.

The cost for the tournament has not been determined as of yet but the first place winners could win upwards of four hundred dollars, he said.

“That depends on how many we get signed up,” he continued.

There will also be a cornhole “fun night” beginning at 6 p.m tonight too.

For the kids, there will be a wide variety of activities such as the annual greased pig contest, cash cow and Mutton Bustin’. New this year however is a petting zoo.

“Three or four individuals are providing the animals,” Wall said. This includes typical farm animals and even dwarf goats.

There is no cost for kids to participate in the petting zoo or the majority of the events.

Train rides will also be offered daily at the train station and Balloon Man will be offering free balloons at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The historical days lasts from tonight until Saturday and will feature much more for everyone to do. From arts and crafts vendors and chainsaw carvers to the ever popular truck and tractor pulls, there’s something for everyone.

Wall suggests that those who come check out the community’s museum too.

“We have a great museum that a lot of people don’t know exists here,” he said. “If they come they should attend the museum.”

Parking on the grounds costs $3 but otherwise the three day event is free admission.

DAILY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, Sept. 12

— 4 p.m. – grounds and food stands open; Shadows of the Old West Encampment; Lund Forge & Iron Works demonstration; crafts and flea market; free train rides at the RR Station; petting zoo at craft area; corn hole “fun night” for all ages

— 7 p.m. – Central PA Community Band at tent

Friday, Sept. 13

— 12 p.m. – grounds and food stands open; Shadows of the Old West Encampment; chicken barbeque (Fire Company stand)

— 4 p.m. – free train rides at the RR Station; petting zoo at craft area

— 4:30 to 7 p.m. – ham dinner by Arlene Fischer (Antes Fort United Methodist Church)

— 6 p.m. – Fair Play Brass at Stage Tent

— 6 to 8 p.m. – Division 5 Tractors and Trucks: Modified, street legal and dieseal; V8 tractors; coed softball tournament; coed corn hole tournament

— 7:30 p.m. – Tim McNett Band at Stage Tent

— 8 p.m. – Square dancing at Stage Tent

— 9 p.m. – Fireworks, for safety concerns no vehicles will be permitted to leave during the fireworks display

Saturday, Sept. 14

— 7 a.m. – “Firemen’s Breakfast” at firehall

— 9 a.m. – grounds open; re-enactor encampment; “Integrity Racing” 5k run/walk at 4th Street entrance; Classic Car Show (registration 9 a.m. to noon); apple butter boil’ corn hole partner tournament (cash payback)

— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Antique tractors, pay pulls, division 2 – 4500 to 6000; Bob Ulmer and Dave Harbach Memorial Pulls; Jackpott Pulls: Division 3 – 4500 and 6500, trophy and cash prize

— 10 a.m. – Free train rides at the RR Station

— 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Calliope Music at Stage Tent

— 11 a.m. – chicken barbeque (fire company tent); Safe and Defensive Tips with PennDOT

— 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – free ballons from Ballon Man

— 12 p.m. – apple pie judging with auction to follow

— 1 p.m. – Rice Farm Tents

— 2 to 3 p.m. – Shadows of the Old West

— 3 p.m. – Car Show Trophy Awards

— 3 to 5 p.m. – Greased pig contest, upper field; Muttin Bustin’ Contest, upper field; Cash Cow Contest, upper field

— 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Heartstrings at Stage Tent

— 6 p.m. – Lawn and garden tractor pulls, stock, stock altered and three cylinder 1,000-1,100 pounds.