It was always exciting as a kid to go to the county fair. Remember old time fairs with their thrilling rides, different foods, freak shows of the strange and unusual, as well as local arts and crafts? Ken Kafka’s Annual Open House has all of the same great elements as found at a county fair, only geared toward car, truck and heavy-duty equipment interests.
Like county fairs, fun rides at Kafka’s Open House include a ½ scale train the family can ride on around Ken’s property. Antique cars, heavy duty trucks, tractors and Caterpillars, in addition to being on display, circle Ken’s property throughout the six hour event. Antique tractors compete in the sled pulling contest. There is always a variety of foods available with proceeds going toward local charities and non-profits. I tried a slice of cabbage pizza, (sausage and sour kraut served on a pizza pie crust), which satisfied my German taste buds. There was also arts and crafts booths and quilts on display. Whew, it was a full day of events!
What stood out to me at Kafka’s Open House was that every old guy (including myself) was walking around the grounds with a big ear to ear grin on his face, delighting in all the unique antique farm, car, truck and military vehicles on display. Have you ever been in crowd of old guys with everybody smiling? That’s just plain out of character, especially considering there was no alcohol involved!
Held on the first Saturday of each November, I’m amazed at what good weather this event always seems to enjoy for this time of year in Colorado. With a disproportionate representation of Nash cars and trucks present every year at the show, I’m inclined to think Charles Nash himself puts in a special request to The Man for good weather for this event, allowing so many people to enjoy the Nash’s and the other ‘orphan’ vehicles on display. Being held late in the year when nearly every other car event is over, this is a great way for gear-heads to close out the year. Attend Kafka’s Open House next year and I’ll guarantee you will see unique and unusual vehicles that you’ve never seen before, even if you attended previous years of this event. This open house has the ability to keep attracting new and different vehicles each year.
View the attached slide show of some of the unique and unusual vehicles that were at the 2012 Kafka Open House. I’ll do a follow-up slide show shortly since the variety of vehicles and equipment can’t be captured in one slide show. To illustrate how much this show can vary from year to year, follow this link to the article and slide show I wrote about Ken Kafka’s Open House last year: http://rootshed.com/article/kafka-s-open-house-eclectic-car-collecto…
This week’s Trivia Question: Who was the U.S. manufacturer and what was the year mass-produced uni-body construction was first offered in American automobiles?
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