Antique Farming History on Display
Did you know that in the 1930’s before machines were available, an average of 100 bushels of corn were harvested in a nine-hour day with horses? Today, 100 bushels of corn are harvested in seven minutes. Relive American farming history at the 55th Antique Engine and Tractor Working Farm Show on September 16 – 18, 2016 north of Geneseo, IL on IL Hwy 92.
Experience a fall harvest with mid-1900’s equipment demonstrating daily field farm activities on this 50 acre working show grounds. The three-day show offers agricultural history and shows how agricultural life has evolved. Watch daily demonstrations of wheat and oat threshing, a working saw mill, blacksmithing, horse field plowing, corn pickers, shellers, and more!
Younger folk can even take turns learning to drive a tractor and play in a giant corn pile. Kids of all ages are invited to the one-and-a-half acre plot to hand pick Indian corn, popcorn, or to dig a potato or two south of the timber frame barn. All aboard! Take a ride on the train around the show grounds and listen to the whistle will blow.
Stop at the restored mercantile to view the group’s historical artifacts. Venture over to craft barn which showcases the art of weaving, quilting, and wood turning with demonstrations. Peruse a variety of crafts and home-baked goods and farm memorabilia for purchase.
A weekend full of social activities includes daily women’s and children’s events. A thresherman’s dinner, pie auction, and conversations with members about their farming days provides insight to a farmer’s life. Food is available on the grounds. Free parking at show grounds located north of Geneseo on Illinois 92, three miles east of Interstate 88 or one-half mile west of Illinois 82. Explore the Henry County back roads to the AETA show.