Over the weekend, the Village of Steele City was a busy place as the Jefferson County Historical Society hosted their annual flea market and tractor show, attracting people from all over the region to see the tractors and to hunt for bargains.
Despite the rain, turnout for the event was strong according to Jefferson County Historical Society President Dennis Kenning. He believes that the event will continue to grow each year.
“I think it was a real success,” said Kenning. “The weather may have hurt us a little bit with the tractor pull and part of the flea market. We saw really good crowds and we saw people take in the historical demonstrations. Overall we’re really happy with the way things turned out.”
Kenning explained that there were nearly 100 tractors at the event this year, which he believes has helped to attract more people to the event.
This event, Kenning explained, us a way for the society to showcase their buildings in the Steele City Historic District, and to get people interested in history.
“This is a good celebration for Steele City,” Kenning said. “We have five properties here in Steele City that we take a lot of pride in, and we want people to be able to see them. We’re hoping that we can get more of these buildings repaired so we can have more of them open to the public.”
Kenning is grateful for all of the volunteers, vendors and exhibitors who helped to make the event a success this year.
“It’s not just one person. It takes all of us working together to be able to make this happen. I’m happy with where the society is at right now. We still have some things to sort out, but if you look at the changes that have happened in the past year, I think the taxpayers and people who donate to the society should feel good about how the society is running now. The board and volunteers have been working really hard to improve the society, and it shows. I’m proud to be a member of the society,” said Kenning.