For over 135 years agriculture has been the economic backbone of Trego County, bringing enterprising people to our cities and creating a legacy of successful family farms that continues today. Rich in technical innovation, scientific application, and good, old-fashioned hard work, Trego County’s rural history is being honored this weekend by the Trego County Historical Society museum with an exhibit that spans a century of farming in Western Kansas.
Vintage farm machinery dating back to the early 20th century will be on display, including a one-bottom plow, hand tools and livestock equipment. Several area farmers will also be exhibiting their personal collections of antique farm equipment, including items that have been passed down through multiple generations of family farmers.
Larry Steckline and his wife, former Kansas State Attorney General Carla Stovall Steckline, will join us at the event during a book signing for his newly released biography, “Larry Steckline: A Half-Century as the Voice of Kansas Agriculture.” Steckline began his long career in agriculture on a family farm in Ogallah, becoming a leading advocate for farmers at the local, state, and national levels. His insights into a broad range of topics are based on the childhood he spent in Trego County and today he is considered an expert in agricultural news and policy.
This special event will kick off with a fundraiser breakfast of biscuits and gravy—a true farmhouse classic—from 8am to 10am, and the farm exhibits will be on display until 4pm. Contact the Historical Society for more information about the event, and don’t forget to check out the new addition to the museum. All proceeds from the breakfast will go towards completing the interior of the building and sales of Larry Steckline’s book will be divided between the local FFA chapter and the Trego County Historical Society.