By Jeff Rebitski, Staff Writer

Shoshoni officially launched summer with the Wind River Flywheelers Antique Engine and Tractor Show. The event was chock full of heavy metal and raw horsepower represented by a large number of antique farm machinery that was impressive even from the road as people drove by. 

The club has held these events since John Deere really was a deer named John. Many people have passed through the club and are honored in the events guide distributed by the club. “We distributed 800 books” said one of the club members who was sitting under a canopy attempting to stay out of the blistering sun and the wind. “This wind is normal for us,” she said. 

The afternoon was uneventful as the heat and wind drove into their cars or into other venues around town for activities. The Senior Center was hosting a bake sale, while around the park there were activities that started early in the morning with a Pancake Breakfast in the community room.  An ATV Poker run ran from 9:00 to 11;00 while a softball tournament went on in another part of town. The kids were able to squirt their way through the park with water guns and cowboy poets entertained in the community room. There was a battle of the bands scheduled for the evening and the hopes were that musicians would play to the end in an entertaining competition.

Sunday provided nice weather for a tractor drive and the pulling is always a crowd favorite as they cheer for their favorite farmers as they drag a sled down the track that was donated to the event by the Bighorn Divide and Wyoming Railroad. Plenty of food and fun was had by all. 

If you missed it this year, now is the time to plan for next year. Contact the Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce for details about vendor space or tractor entry.

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