Kraut ’N Wurst is again sponsored by the Watkins Fire Department which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Let’s all make this year’s festival the biggest and best ever! Unless noted otherwise, events are in or near McCarthy Park in Watkins.
Here is a list of activities scheduled during the Kraut ’N Wurst festival in Watkins:
Friday, Aug. 2
• Beer and hamburger stand is open from 7-10 p.m.
• Little Miss Watkins Pageant is at 7:30 p.m.
• Cow Drop is at 9 p.m.
Watkins mayor Dennis Loch (inside the basket “cage”) sponsored a free swim afternoon at the Watkins Pool Sunday, July 28. More than 60 individuals enjoyed the refreshing afternoon, and treats too. Another free swim is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, followed by a teen swim. Only a few weeks left of swimming season at the pool. For the latest pool info., call 764-SWIM. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Saturday, July 27, the city of South Haven celebrated South Haven Days with parade, variety entertainment, professional wrestling, and their
annual car show. Large crowds were on hand to enjoy the festivities.
An open house to meet and greet the new Executive Director of Stearns History Museum Tim Hoheisel is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, with members’ luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It is free admission to the open house with admittance to the museum’s exhibit galleries and research center to tour. The luncheon is free for members who are asked to RSVP by July 31.
About the Ford Model K
Henry Ford early on was involved in building and racing large cars. He did so in an effort to learn and demonstrate what worked and what failed. His goal was to become, in a crowded field of automobile manufacturers, a recognized name and force.
The first cars Henry made for sale to the public were small two-cylinder eight-horsepower cars in 1903. He identified his first automobile as a Model A. During the next couple of years the cars got slightly larger and slightly more horsepower. In 1906, Ford introduced the Model K. It, compared to earlier Fords as well as most other cars on the market, was a very large and prestigious automobile. It was just shy of eight feet tall, had a wheel base of 120 inches, six cylinders (most autos at the time had two or four) which created 405 cubic inches (big even by today’s standards), developed 40 horsepower and was guaranteed to reach at least 60 miles per hour.
The price for the Model K was $2,500 without the top or windshield, and $2,800 with these items. It proved to be a bit of a stumbling block. Starting in 1906 and for a period of about 30 months nearly 1,000 Model K’s were produced and sold. Records show that the Model K was a significant contributor to Ford’s profitability.