American history will be relived for visitors at the Antique Engine & Tractor Association's 52nd annual working farm show Sept. 13 through Sept. 15 at the show grounds in rural Geneseo.
On display will be a former summer farm kitchen. The kitchen, owned by Phil and Karen Jordan, has been named the "Jordan Mercantile Building" and will be used as a sale site for memorabilia during the show.
While remodeling the couple's farm, the Jordans found they no longer had a need for the summer kitchen building and had it moved to the Antique Engine & Tractor Association grounds.
Mark Johnston, president of the Antique Engine and Tractor Association, said the building was moved "very carefully."
"We jacked it up and put it on an implement trailer behind a tractor and moved it the five miles from the Jordan farm to the show grounds. It definitely was an oversize load," explained Johnston.
The building will be a highlight of the 2013 Working Farm Show. The event will start with a 7 a.m. breakfast each of the three mornings of the show. Gates to the grounds will open at 6 a.m. every day.
Each year, a tractor brand is selected to be featured during the show. The 2013 show will feature International tractors and equipment.
"I think we will have at least 100 International tractors — dating back to the early 20th century — for this year's show," said Johnston.
The three-day event will include a "Kids Zone" for younger show attendees.
There will be no charge for children's activities and all events are under adult supervision, said Debbie Rogers, who, along with her husband, Steve, serves as coordinator of the children's activities.
"The activities for children are in conjunction with show hours, so there is always something for them to do," she said.
Kids Zone highlights will include tractor driving lessons. Older children also will be allowed to drive a tractor with a one-row cultivator through a small course.
As in past years, "Twinkie Train" rides also will be offered.
"Last year, we added a corn sheller where the kids hand crank an old-fashion corn sheller," Rogers said. "They turn the wheel on the side of the sheller and then drop an ear of corn into the shoot on top of the sheller and shelled corn comes out the bottom into a bucket and the cob comes out the front into a basket. Then we bag the corn and they take the shelled corn home with them as a souvenir.
"We had no idea it would be such a popular activity for the kids, and we will do it again this year," she said.
Page 2 of 2 - For adult visitors to the show, the 2013 Antique Engine & Tractor Association working farm show will feature an array of exhibits.
The corn crib on the property has been restored and will be used for young collectors interested in restoring and displaying antique tractors, engines, lawn tractors and farm equipment.
A 40-by-70 foot steel building was constructed for last year's show. Food vendors will be located near the building and meals will be served inside.
Antique Engine & Tractor Association board member Skip Farnam said the show will feature field demonstrations including historic threshing and corn and soybean harvesting. A sawmill also will be in operation and visitors can watch blacksmith Rick Trahan at work.
"We will have people demonstrating what farming was like with horses — plowing, disking and planting," said Farnam.
Local woodcarvers will show their talents, and members of the Geneseo Community Park District Quilters will offer demonstrations on the three show days.
"Peggy the Plant Lady" from Meyer Landscape & Design in the Quad Cities, will be featured at 2 p.m. Sept. 14, and Craig Hignight of Wallace's Garden Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, will provide information at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions Sept. 15.
David and Carolyn Cattron of Geneseo will demonstrate ideas for fall decorations using common materials from the garden at 2 p.m. Sept. 13.
Folk singing presentations will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14. A live auction will start at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 with a pie auction to follow. Live auction items will include toy tractors, clothing, gift certificates and more. Donations for the auction are still being accepted. For information, contact Farnam at 944-4982.
For more information about the 2013 Working Farm Show, visit www.ae-ta.com. The show grounds are located at 13451 IL Hwy 92.