Been a while since you’ve seen a steam donkey? You have never seen one? What the heck is a steam donkey?
Well, you can not only learn about the steam-powered winch used in early day logging operations, but you can see one in operation at this weekend’s Old Timer’s Fair at Mary Knight School in Matlock.
Hours for the free admission festival are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to the steam donkey, visitors can visit both indoor and outdoor displays that will include many old-time motors, tractors, other farming implements and machinery, antiques and collectibles. There will be activities for kids too, including a slide (weather permitting) and carnival.
There will also be live music from local-area entertainers, Rich Travers, who wrote a song about John Tornow, James Dunne, who will also sing a song about John Tornow, and George Madden, who calls himself “the best unknown guitar player in the world.”
And come hungry. There will be plenty of good food in the vending booths.
The museum will also be open and will display a number of artifacts and articles about Tornow, the Wildman of the Wynooche, who was slain 100 years ago on April 16, ending a 19-month manhunt for the man alleged to have killed six people.
Also in the museum, visitors will be able to witness a showing of the full DVD filmed during the Matlock forum and Tornow shootout re-enactment in March as well as a DVD of the memorial ceremony of the monument to the victims of the Tornow tragedy, that was dedicated April 20. Videographers will take orders for the DVDs. Brochures will be available to guide visitors to the memorial site, if they choose to go on their own.
The Tornow committee will also offer prints of selected photos for sale as well as newly designed apparel of the legend, featuring hats, T-shirts and tank tops.
Mike Fredson, author of the “Beast Man,” book about Tornow, and Bob Dick from Lake Nahwatzel, who co-wrote with Darrel White, “Skunk Cabbage and Chittum Bark,” a book about growing up in the Wynooche Valley, will be on hand to sell books and sign them.