A really rice festival again

antique tractor in a parade

Click on the tractor to see our original post.

I discovered in October 2011 that as small town festivals go, The Grand Prairie Rice Festival at Hazen, Arkansas is among the best and literally has something for everybody. It is top-notch family entertainment and without a doubt, is worth the trip.

You can see everything from mechanical monsters to rescued raptors and a bunch in-between. I had the event on my hit-list after an invitation couple of years before I finally made the scene. See our original post for pix and details.

It was worth the wait to see it all. I also scored four pounds of freshly stone-ground corn meal which my spousal unit handily converted into some fine cornbread.

Antique Fairbanks Morse Engine

Click the pic to see the monster machine

The single most unexpected and unusual attraction of the show was Randy Skarda’s restored 93-year-old Fairbanks-Morse power unit. The monster is as big as a house and will run on practically diesel, coal-oil, crude, or about any mixture of the above.

See Randy and his magnificent machine on the Photo of the Week Page at Corndancer dot-com. Look for a link on that page to a gallery of picture of the big engine.

Joe Dempsey

Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind.



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