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Horse Trailer Converted To Concession Stand
With a lot of elbow grease and help from friends, Nancy Vannoy turned an old horse trailer into a cheery concession stand for a popular Illinois event. The shingled roof on the trailer makes it look like a little red barn - complete with a motion-activated rooster in a “hayloft” window.

    Between serving “Cow Paddy” ice cream bars and demonstrating skills such as butter making, rendering lard, and preserving eggs, the trailer/barn has become a popular attraction at the annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival held the third weekend in September.

    As a volunteer for the 1800’s-style event, Vannoy recognized potential in her son’s two-horse trailer that was no longer needed.

    “It works well because we can store everything in this, pull it to where we want it and unfold it. It is a licensed trailer, and it makes it real handy that everything is in there,” she explains.

    She removed the rotting floor and other wood, then hammered out the metal dents and patched with new metal where necessary. The floor was replaced with planks and leftover paint mixed to come up with red to give the trailer a new look. Pegboards on the inside are handy to hang signs and other items. Storage shelves on top of the trailer - in the hayloft - hold poles and awnings, which were made from old paint cloths and two 40 by 40-ft. tents recycled after a storm tore them up.

    Awnings are set up on all four sides, Vannoy says. Three sides offer demos, and the back has tables for people eating ice cream.

    “I really love the Ping-Pong table we recycled,” she adds. Both sides of the trailer have half of the table, with one side resting on the wide fender. Covered with tablecloths to cover the wheel wells, it fits well with the little red barn décor. Likewise, a smaller table covered with a cloth covers the hitch in the front.

    With the trailer’s generous storage space, everything can be torn down and stowed away until needed the following year.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nancy Vannoy, 1358 2400th St., Atlanta, Ill. 61723 (ph 217 648-2905).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3