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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Antique Engine & Tractor Association hosting working farm show

  • American history will be relived for visitors at the Antique Engine & Tractor Association's 51st Annual Working Farm Show this weekend.
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  • American history will be relived for visitors at the Antique Engine & Tractor Association's 51st Annual Working Farm Show this weekend.
    The Antique Engine & Tractor Association working farm show will be Sept. 14-16 at the club's home on Route 92 north of Geneseo.
    The annual show is a family event with activities for all ages.
    Members of the Antique Engine & Tractor Association share a belief in preserving the historic value of antique, power-driven farm equipment, from early horse-drawn plows to gasoline and stream tractors to equipment from the 1900 to the 1950s.
    They also believe there is only one true way to keep machines going and that is by putting them to work.
    Every year the show features a different brand of antique engine and/or tractor. This year the group will showcase Allis-Chalmers farm equipment.
    Field demonstrations will include historic techniques of threshing, sawmills and harvesting of soybeans and corn.
    What is unique about the show is that it is a working farm show and the equipment on display is used in demonstrations. Even though there are other farm shows, many do not include the field demonstrations because of a lack of tillable acreage.
    The annual show gets bigger each year with more than 200 tractors, more than 100 garden tractors and hundreds of gas engines, plus other agricultural memorabilia on the grounds.
    The Antique Engine & Tractor Association Inc. is incorporated and organized as a non-profit organization to promote the collection, restoration, preservation and exhibition of gasoline and oil engines, gasoline and steam tractors, power-driven farm machinery and other equipment of historical value.
    The 2012 show schedule is as follows:
    Sept. 14
    • 6:30 a.m. — Breakfast.
    • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Displays.
    • 9 a.m. to noon — Blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carving, horse farming and field demonstrations.
    1 p.m. — Parade of equipment.
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carving, horse farming and field demonstrations.
    • 2 p.m. — Program by Jeff Johnson of Sunnyfield Gardens.
    • 5 p.m. — Gates close.
    • 6 p.m. — Threshermen's Dinner.
    Sept. 15
    • 6:30 a.m. — Breakfast.
    • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Displays.
    • 9 a.m. to noon — Blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carving, horse farming and field demonstrations.
    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Music by "Country Standard Tyme."
    1 p.m. — Parade of equipment.
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carving, horse farming and field demonstrations.
    Page 2 of 2 - • 2 p.m. — Program by "Peggy the Plant Lady."
    • 2:30 p.m. — Square dancing demonstration.
    • 3:30 p.m. — Auction of donated items with a pie auction to follow.
    • 5 p.m. — Gates close.
    • 6 p.m. — Threshermen's Dinner.
    Sept. 16
    • 6:30 a.m. — Breakfast.
    • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Displays.
    • 9 a.m. - Church service.
    • 9 a.m. to noon — Blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carving, horse farming and field demonstrations.
    • 10 a.m. - Craig Hignight.
    • Noon — Antique tractor pull by Riverbed Tractor Pullers.
    1 p.m. — Parade of equipment.
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carving, horse farming and field demonstrations.
    • 2 p.m. — Craig Hignight.
    • 4 p.m. Gates close.
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