There is plenty to do this weekend in Watkins Glen but just up the road in Millport there is an antique and tractor show happening as well, the best part about that is it’s free, unless of course you get hungry or find something you would like to purchase.
Barbara Johnson, co-owner of the Johnson’s Farm says they began this ‘flea market’ tractor show, nearly 30 years ago when her husband started doing it at his home near the airport. Now, being in Millport they have much more space available and nearly 70 vendors showed up to sell antiques through the weekend.
“We have a good time, it’s free to get in the only thing is our food is costly and we have vendors here and different things,” said Johnson. But temperatures are forecast to reach the mid to upper 90’s this weekend, how are vendors and customers going to keep cool?
“We figure that we’ve really got a lot of water,” Johnson said, “that walking through as long as they keep drinking that they will be up to par.”
Phillip Church, a vendor who brought in a 1951 steam engine to power the grill to cook the chickens for tomorrow, says the best way to keep cool is stay in the shade and drink plenty of fluids. Essentially, Church says they bought the steam engine to take to schools to educate students who might otherwise not have the opportunity to visit tractor shows such as this one.
Everyone is taking the advice to remain hydrated and stay out of the sun as much as possible. But others are taking to higher measures to beat the heat. Some are remaining under their canopies, others have their campers with air conditioners to remain cool.
This is going to be the hottest start to July in the last thirty years, vendors agree it will definitely be one of the hottest weekends for this sale.
All of the proceeds collected during this weekend will be donated to charity for diabetes. Johnson says her husband passed away due to complications with diabetes, this is their way to give back by allowing children with diabetes to go to camp and understand that they are not the only children going through the disease.