Archive for Thursday, June 10, 2010

Agricultural Hall of Fame organizes event dedicated to horses, Old West

June 10, 2010

This Saturday at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame will be all about horses.

The center will play host to a Horse Power Day and Country Hoedown, featuring a variety of horse-related activities like a draft horse pull, where visitors can see how farming was done before the tractor was invented, horse shoe demonstrations and roping and rodeo demonstrations. In addition, coordinator Cathi Hahner said, several area groups will be in attendance, including various 4-H groups, which will offer riding lessons and tips on how to care for a horse, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse, a horse-mounted police task force, and the Mo-Kan Youth Rodeo Association. The Midwest Mustang and Burro Saddle Club, a horse rescue organization, will also be at the event with a few rescued mustangs.

The event will serve as a fundraiser, Hahner said, with all proceeds going to benefit the Ag Hall of Fame.

Cowboy poetry around the campfire and the appearance of the Wild Women of the Frontier, a performance troupe, will give the event an old-time country feel, Hahner said.

“It’s really about horses, and we kind of branched it out to a little bit of a western theme, as well,” she said.

But cowboy poetry won’t be the only throwback to the Old West. Following the afternoon’s activities, the bluegrass music will be turned up and a genuine old-fashioned country hoedown will begin. Bayley Kate and the Bluegills will perform during the dance.

Throughout the day, concessions will be available and visitors can also tour the museums and facilities as they wish. Horse Power Day will feature about 40 to 50 horses, Hahner said.

“I think there’s just a huge human interest in horses in general and … this will show those (horses) that worked on the farm, in part, in the 1800s, before machinery,” Hahner said. “Farming was done with horses, and so I think (visitors) can get a glimpse of that past, as well.”

Horse Power Day will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ag Hall of Fame, 630 N. 126th St., with the hoedown beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, with those under the age of 5 admitted free. Tickets will be available the day of the event, and saying the word “equine” when purchasing tickets will secure two for the price of one.

For more information, call the hall at (913) 721-1075.

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