As one of the antique windmill enthusiasts who came to El Dorado during June 4-6, 2013, I write to send thanks to all the community members for the warm hospitality that you offered to me and to the over 200 other participants in the International Windmillers' Trade Fair.
We windmill enthusiasts came to El Dorado from all over the United States (from California to New York) and from across the border in Canada. We came to buy, sell, and trade historic wind machines and their parts, and that we did.
Each of the family groups either stayed in local motels or camped in local campgrounds, and we enjoyed delicious meals in many different El Dorado eateries. (The Mexican food that I enjoyed in downtown El Dorado (at Fiesta Mexicana) was just as tasty as that which we enjoy where I live on the Mexican border in Texas.) Every one of us enjoyed and appreciated the warm welcome that local residents offered.
Benton, Kansas, windmiller Chuck Jones coordinated efforts by a large team of local people who volunteered to plan, organize, and stage this event. Local organizations and places of business helped out with money and in-kind support.
Even the Cassoday 4-H Club operated a snack bar providing fare for midday lunches, morning coffee, and afternoon snacks.
All these people contributed to making the 25th Annual International Windmillers' Trade Fair an absolute success. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.
- T. Lindsay Baker, professor, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas