Letter to the editor
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Dear Editor and Tarkio Folks
Members of the Mule Barn Theatre Guild have been discussing the possibility of having an annual event, David Rankin Farming Festival, to honor our founder. We believe this event is long overdue. Those of us who keep the guild going have a lot to do during the year so we are hoping to find a group of folks who would like to serve on a committee to plan and oversee this event. We are asking organizations, churches, and individuals who are interested in helping to select one or two (or more) of their members to serve on this committee and email the guild at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, phone number, and email address if applicable. After we receive the names, we will set a time for a planning meeting. At this meeting a chairman or co-chairmen will be selected and the date set for the event. We are also working with the Missouri Historical Society as well as with one of David Rankin’s great-grandsons to purchase a historical marker honoring Mr. Rankin.
To get the ball rolling, here are some ideas for the celebration that could be a showcase for Rankin Farming Practices: old-time mule teams, draft horses, tractor (new and antique) shows, tractor pull, an old-time fiddlers’ contest, events for the kids, a David Rankin beard contest, corn recipe contest (the guild is interested in this one), implement dealers showcase, booths featuring local businesses, contest for the largest ear of corn (if a fall date is chosen), a David Rankin trivia contest, a parade, art show, volleyball tournament….the possibilities are endless.
This celebration could become a yearly event and would be good for our town. Anyone who is interested in helping should email the guild or call the office at 660-736-4126 and leave their name and phone number. It’s not necessary to be a member of another group to do this! If we don’t get enough interested people to sign up, it won’t happen. Let’s do this! Tarkio needs this!
This celebration will be a perfect time for an Open House for our Atchison County Museum downtown, the Tarkio College Museum in Rankin Hall, and the newly organized Tarkio History Center in the Resource Center. So, let’s get going (growing) Tarkio!