There’s something for everyone at the annual Antique Engine & Tractor Show.

There’s something for everyone at the annual Antique Engine & Tractor Show.

The group marks its 56th year for the show which is Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 17, at the association’s 50-acre show grounds east of Geneseo on Illinois Highway 92.

Each year the show features a different brand of antique engine and/or tractor, and the Oliver is featured this year.

There also will be other makes and models of tractors and farming equipment showcased at the event.

AETA members share a belief in preserving the historic value of antique, power-driven farm equipment, from early horse-drawn plows to gasoline and steam tractors to equipment from the 1900s to the 1960s.

The group also believes in keeping the machines running by putting them to work and that makes the group’s show unique as they use the equipment on display in demonstrations.

The historical working farm show will feature field demonstrations and displays including the harvesting of corn and beans with mid-1900s equipment, the use of horses in the field, threshing oats/wheat, running a saw mill, operating a blacksmith shop, gardening demonstrations and more.

In addition, there’s entertainment and there will be a variety of specialty and ag vendors at the show.

Games and activities for children also are part of the three-day event.

“This show is not only entertaining, but educational, and there is something here for every member of the family, both young and old, to enjoy and learn — from the field, to the barn, to the mercantile, to the sawmill, to the blacksmith shop, to the craft building and everything in between,” said AETA president Phil Jordan.

The schedule of events for the three-day weekend is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 15

• 6 a.m. – Gates open for exhibitors.

• 7 a.m. – Gates open for visitors.

• 8 a.m. – Raising of flag.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Engine and tractor displays.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Children’s activities and train rides.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Demonstrations including blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carvers and horse farming.

• 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m. – Field demonstrations.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Food stands open.

• 10:30 a.m. to noon - Quilting presentation by Janette Dwyer.

• 1 p.m. – Parade on show grounds.

• 2 p.m. – Ron Fischer, “The Bee Man of Orion.”

• 4 p.m. – Lowering of flag.

• 5 p.m. – Gates close.

Saturday, Sept. 16

• 6 a.m. – Gates open for exhibitors.

• 7 a.m. – Gates open for visitors.

• 8 a.m. – Raising of flag.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Engine and tractor displays.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Children’s activities and train rides.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Demonstrations including blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carvers and horse farming.

• 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m. – Field demonstrations.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Food stands open.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Music – Fifth of Country.

• 1 p.m. – Parade on show grounds.

• 3 p.m. – Auction of donated items with a pie auction to follow.

• 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Alpaca presentation by Tracey Livesay

• 5 p.m. gates close.

• 6 p.m. – Threshermen’s Dinner catered by Hillsdale Methodist Women (by reservation only).

Sunday, Sept. 17

• 6 a.m. – Gates open for exhibitors.

• 7 a.m. – Gates open for visitors.

• 8 a.m. – Raising of flag.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Engine and tractor displays.

• 9 – 10 a.m. – Church Service.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Children’s activities and train rides.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Demonstrations including blacksmith, sawmill, threshing, wood carvers and horse farming.

• 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m. – Field demonstrations.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Food stands open.

• 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Master Gardner Craig Hignight from Wallace’s Garden Center.

• 1 p.m. – Parade on show grounds.

• 4 show closes.

For more information, visit www.ae-ta.com.