The customs and traditions cherished in Yoder will be on full display Saturday during the annual Heritage Day celebration.

Activities are planned from sunup to sundown downtown in the tiny unincorporated community southeast of Hutchinson, with many nodding to the area's Amish and agricultural roots.

"It's just (to) raise awareness for Yoder and its merchants," said Nick Egli, the committee chairperson and owner of Egli Energy. "It's a fun thing to do. We usually try to showcase some of the heritage type of things, what Yoder was founded from."

Some of the biggest attractions include a parade, tractor pull and the many equine events, such as the horse fun show.

There will also be free Wi-Fi, according to the community's official website,

Yoder Heritage Day began in 1996, Egli said, and brings big crowds from out of town, not only from among the curious public but also because many families plan reunions during this time.

There is no charge to attend the festivities, with the exception of the morning's all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast (sponsored by the Yoder Charter Elementary School), purchases from the 20-plus vendors or participation in the quilt and craft auction.

Because of the low cost, the event generates only a modest profit. But what money is raised gets poured back into Yoder for improvements, reflecting what Egli described as the residents' unified community spirit.

"Everybody pitches in," he said. "We can get a lot of volunteers to get a lot of things done, just to keep our town nice and keep businesses in it. There's just a lot of cooperation that you don't see in most towns."