Visitors learn about historic agricultural equipment at the show – AgriNews
PENFIELD, Illinois – Historic Farm Days gives visitors an overview of how farms have functioned over the past decades.
“I want everyone to be able to see how it was done years ago with the salon equipment and our housewares museum,” said Chuck Stelter, president of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. “I want people to see how agriculture has progressed over the years.”
Teaching people agricultural practices becomes more important every year.
“A lot of people don’t understand where their food comes from,” Stelter said. “Look at how many people we know who had a grandfather who was a farmer, but no one in their family since that has farmed, so people don’t know how the food gets from the field to the processor to the store. “
Massey Ferguson, Minneapolis Moline and BF Avery tractors were featured at the recent Historic Farm Days event, hosted by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.
“Since we canceled the 2020 show, we’ve decided to include features from last year – the Minneapolis Moline and BF Avery tractors,” Stelter said.
“We have 14 states represented of people bringing equipment and generally we have around 20 states of people coming to the show,” he said. “We have over 600 tractors and pieces of equipment that have registered for the show.
“The advantage of a tractor show is that you will see equipment that you have never seen before,” said Stelter. “There are some amazing things happening. “
Stelter presented two of its tractors at the show: a Case 800 and a Case VAC.
“We have nine tractors in total, one John Deere, one Farmall and seven Cases,” said Stelter, who operates approximately 1,100 acres around the Illinois-Indiana border near Danville. “I joined the club about 16 years ago and have been president for seven years.
The four-day show, July 8-11, featured plenty of activities for attendees, including potato digging, tractor parades, tractor pulls, and tractor games.
“Tractor games test people on how they can back up between the lines and there’s an obstacle course,” Stelter said. “There’s a barrel push where they push the barrel with the front tire of the tractor to get it from row to row in the shortest possible time.”
Tractor games are a fun time for drivers to test their skills.
“Guys with narrow front tractors generally do better with barrel thrust than wide front tractors because the tires are together,” Stelter said.
For the first time this year, an old-fashioned medicine show was part of the Historic Farm Days.
“Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie put on a good show and we filled all the seats as well as golf cats and alligators all around the lodge,” Stelter said. “They also walked the field talking to people, doing magic tricks and everyone seemed to enjoy it.”
There is a very dedicated group of members, volunteers and friends from the area who help Club I&I with the show every year.
“And we’ve got a good crowd of people who come back year after year because they know we’re putting on a good show,” Stelter said.
The club loves to add new things to the annual show.
“That’s why we offer a tractor with different characteristics every year,” said Stelter. “And people love it when they can see more of this featured brand’s equipment.”
Ford tractors and Ford trucks will be presented at the 2022 show.
“Next year’s raffle tractor is a unique Ford 8N with a flathead V8,” Stelter said. “There were a few companies that did conversions and took out the four-cylinder engines and put V8s in there.”
In 2023, the club will feature John Deere tractors.
“This will be the 100th anniversary celebration of the John Deere D tractors that came out in 1923,” Stelter said.
“Our raffle tractor for 2023 is a John Deere Spoker D that has spokes on the flywheel,” he said. “There was a problem with these because the flywheels were breaking, so John Deere made a solid flywheel and most of the spoke wheels were thrown away.”
Case tractors have been selected as the flagship tractor for 2024.
“We’ll have the National JI Case Collectors Show here,” Stelter said.
For more information on Historic Farm Days, visit www.historicfarmdays.com.