The Great Plains is farm country. That means the Ford brand was firmly entrenched when FoMoCo introduced the F-100 pickup for 1953, and the only problem was assembling them fast enough to ship out to Great Plains farms.

In those times Saturday was go-to-town day. In hundreds of little farm towns you could find freshly washed F-100s parked along the cobblestone main street while their owners did the weekly shopping or got a haircut.

So it was only fitting that those bygone days were recalled Labor Day Weekend when the Great Plains F-100s took their 7th annual show to the cobblestone main street of Ashland, Nebraska. The show's commercial sponsor, Lee Sapp Ford/Mercury, has its home base right there on Silver Street, so they can pull strings to get the street blocked off for the day for F-100 showing. Other community businesses and organizations get into the act, too, with sidewalk sales and food stands. It's a great, relaxed atmosphere that lets participants kick back and enjoy small-town Saturday night-all day long!

The setting and the weekend's activities attract pickup fanciers from a wide area. This year's 45 entries came from as far away as Texas and represented eight states. The meet's weekend headquarters is actually in Omaha, and the Sunday Show-'n'-Shine takes place in Omaha's Old Market. Cruises and other activities keep the truckers on the move most of the weekend.

Topping it all, the Great Plains F-100s provide some great awards, including silver belt buckles for the Top Ten and a hand-made Best Engineered trophy.