Cordell Cox, right, and Jake Cox, of Butler, shuck ears of corn in preparation for trying out the hand-cranked corn sheller on display at the Poplar Heights Farm living history event conducted Saturday and Sunday, in rural Bates County. Moments later, Tabitha Leister of Adrian, Mo., helped the boys each shell their ear of corn. A third Cox youngster, Burke, also gave the machine a try. Children and adults from communities throughout west central and southwest Missouri, including several from Vernon County, attended the event, the first of its kind hosted by the facility.
Gene Story, Nevada, one of several Nevada-area people to attend or participate in a living history event at Poplar Heights Farm near Butler on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, helps Kale Oerke of Spruce, Mo., make his own cowboy rope. Story and wife Karen were among the many artisans, crafters, musicians and others demonstrating skills that reflected life in the 1880s.
A horsedrawn shuttle added to the historical ambiance of the event and was a welcome sight to visitors when they were ready to leave -- the crowd was heavy and some were glad for a ride back to their vehicles.