16 August 2014
We attended this event last year as well. It's lots of fun looking at the restored equipment. There is a school (with lessons for children on the schedule), a blacksmith shop, an old sawmill (impressive). There are static exhibits and local authors. On the back lot there is a stagecoach, an old baling machine (it works!) and a steam-tractor-driven threshing machine. This last is really fun to watch. It looks like a Rube Goldberg contraption, but by golly it works!
Other events include a tractor parade of beautifully restored machines. This year's lineup included both a Porsche and a Lamborghini ... tractor. Did you know those companies made tractors? As one fellow remarked to me, "Now all we need is a Ferrari." (I ... think he was kidding?)
Following the parade, which this year was nicely paced, there was a slow tractor race. "Huh?" you ask. Yup. Put your tractor in low gear, retard the throttle as much as you dare, and see how slowly you can go. The tractors competed two-by-two. They go only a short distance, but it is a thrill nonetheless. If you stall your machine, you're out. Who ever knew some tractors could go sooooo slooooow.
There are more pictures at this link if you're an admirer of machines.