Flywheel set to spin this weekend

This steam traction engine was manufactured by Keck-Gonnerman in the 1920's. This is the only operating steam tractor in the State of Mississippi today. It is on permanent display in the Joe Brigance Park in Houston and the centerpiece of the bi-annual Flywheel Festival. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

This steam traction engine was manufactured by Keck-Gonnerman in the 1920′s. This is the only operating steam tractor in the State of Mississippi today. It is on permanent display in the Joe Brigance Park in Houston and the centerpiece of the bi-annual Flywheel Festival.
(Photo by Floyd Ingram)

HOUSTON – The plans are in place for the 32nd Mississippi Valley Flywheel Fall Festival and everyone is welcome.

Houston’s down-home festival showcasing an age-gone-by will be held Friday and Saturday Sept. 27-28 at Joe Brigance Park and will see all the regular events and activities that has endeared this festival to North Mississippi.

This is for Houston and we especially like to do things that get the kids involved,” said Harry Collins, of the Mississippi Valley Flywheelers Association. “Most of the old folks remember these kinds of things and it’s just great to see the kids enjoy the day too.”

This marks the 32nd year for the Flywheel Festival to spread its wares in Houston and it will once again see people from all across the country bring their antique tractors, old farm tools and flywheel engines to North Mississippi.

But the festival also has a more modern flavor with a 5K fun-run to raise money to fight breast cancer, local entertainment and of course a full slate of vendors selling everything from jewelry and t-shirts to good things to eat.

Friday dawns with antique tractors and engines going on display at Joe Brigance Park. Arts and crafts vendors will also start setting up that morning.

The festival officially gets underway at 11 a.m. Friday, with the first of several “anvil shoots.”

Live entertainment starts at 5 p.m., and the Houston Basketball Booster Steak Supper is scheduled for that evening.

Saturday begins with the 5K run at 8 a.m. and the opening ceremony is at 9.

The Parade of Power featuring tractors old and new is at 9:30 a.m. with entertainers taking to the main stage until 2 p.m.

The tractor pull is the main event of the fall festival and it starts around noon.

And, as always, there will be demonstrations of steam and diesel engines, hominy cooking, a working grist mill, lard rendering, lye soap processing and a host of other pioneer projects in the park.

The Flywheel Festival is always a chance to showcase our community and we hope people will mark their calendar and plan to come out,” said Joyce East, executive director of the Chickasaw Development Foundation, a sponsor of the event. “Rain or shine we always have a lot of fun and bring a lot of people to Houston for the weekend.

The City of Houston always does their best to clean up the park and the community and we want local people to come out and support this event,” said East. “We have flywheelers from all across the state come to this festival as well as folks from as far away as Michigan and Pennsylvania.”

Vendors wanting to obtain a booth at this year’s festival should contact David Brand at 662-769-0867 or visit www.msflywheelers.com/

Churches, civic clubs and regional arts and crafts makers are urged to reserve a booth early.

For more information on the Mississippi Valley Flywheel Fall Festival or local accommodations, call the CFD at 662-456-2595.

Victoria Troetscher, on right, was named Miss Flywheel at the Spring Flywheel Pageant. pageant. She is shown with Miss Teen Flywheel, Ihle Gann. The spring festival marked the first year for the event to host a pageant with the queen to represent the community at key events. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

Victoria Troetscher, on right, was named Miss Flywheel at the Spring Flywheel Pageant. pageant. She is shown with Miss Teen Flywheel, Ihle Gann. The spring festival marked the first year for the event to host a pageant with the queen to represent the community at key events.
(Photo by Floyd Ingram)

 

 

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