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Museum shows history on wheels

Staff writer

Despite heat and harvest, Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum’s 14th annual car show attracted nearly two dozen historical vehicles.

“We get to see classic cars and trucks, and the people get to sit and visit,” Fern Bartel, museum director, said. “It’s a wonderful time.”

Cars and trucks in addition to one motorcycle were displayed. Three of the museum’s own vehicles — a 1934 Ford truck, 1945 farm truck, and Model A fire engine — also got to see the sun.

Ed Altum, Newton, displayed his 1963 Chevy Impala with its glitter chrome, redone paint, and wheel spinners.

“I’ve been doing cars for 50 years,” Altum said. “I’ve done four car shows so far this year, with 20 others planned. But I’m not usually at this car show.”

Best of Show was a 1934 Ford coupe owned by James and Pam Meeks, both from Abilene. People’s choice was a 1947 Plymouth owned by Larry and Brenda Buller, who live near Goessel. But it would be easy to forget about the idea of a contest with so many classic car owners eating ice cream and chatting in the shade.

“It’s just something to do, something to advertise, and something to get people here and interested in history,” Bartel said.

Last modified June 24, 2021