YODER, Kan. —
If you're going to Yoder Heritage Day on Saturday, be prepared to walk a little.
"We don't allow any parking in the town of Yoder, outside of handicapped parking," said Mervin Fisher. "We have some, I believe, over on the south side of the hardware. Our parking is, on the north side of Yoder, it's in Yoder Welding's parking lot, they've allowed us to use their parking lot. Then, there's also a place for horse trailers over there in the field on the north end of Yoder. On the east side of Yoder, we are using Yoder Charter School's playground for parking and then on the south side we have parking along Switzer Road. We will be running golf cart shuttles all through the day. In the morning, there will be a horse drawn shuttle that we will be running, as well."
The town's population explodes for the parade on Saturday morning.
"During the parade, we usually figure between 8 and 10 thousand people in town," Fisher said. "The parade starts at 10:30. Sign up for the parade, I believe it's around 9:30. They line up on Switzer Road west of Yoder. It is one of the largest horse-drawn parades in Kansas. It is usually about an hour long, which is a pretty long parade."
Here is the full schedule of activities for Saturday:
6:00 a.m. Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Draft Horse Plowing Demonstration, Vendor Village Opens
8:30 a.m. Music-Taylor and Stephanie
10:30 a.m. Parade
11:30 a.m. Music: Brad Shores, Sign up for Tractor Pull
11:45 a.m. Buggy Races
Noon Antique Tractor Pull, Sign Up For Kids Pedal Pull
12:30 p.m. United Hoofbeats
12:45 p.m. Wild Horse Training with Rex Buchman
1:00 p.m. Quilt & Craft Auction, Kids Pedal Pull
1:30 p.m. Working Tractor Pull
1:45 p.m. Draft Horse Show
2:00 p.m. Tractor Pull, Antique Tractor Pull
2:30 p.m. Quilt Drawing
3:00 p.m. Storytelling and Puppets with Jim and Natalee Ganyon
3:15 p.m. United Hoofbeats
3:30 p.m. Pony Events
4:00 p.m. Horse Fun Show
5:00 p.m. Music by Highway 14
7:00 p.m. Music by Rusty Rierson
Fireworks at Dusk