We spent the weekend visiting family and attending a really awesome farm show put on by the Camp Creek Threshers. This show has been going on for 39 years on the current show site, but we were told by one of the founding member’s sons that they started counting when they formed the club. They actually held threshing bees for several years before that!
Preserving the rural traditions that built this country is so important. Many people have no idea where their food even comes from, but think it must just appear in small colorful boxes in the freezer section of their grocery store. At this show, bunches of kids think it is the greatest thing since sliced break to run a hand corn sheller and then see the corn ground into meal by a gristmill. What? That makes corn bread, that powder? Cool. Then they go into the shed where butter is being churned and they can spread it on fresh baked bread.
There were 400 tractors at this show and most of them have been in families since they were purchased new from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s. My favorite, which I’ve been trying to talk the owner out of for the last four years, is this Minneapolis Moline 4-Star. Isn’t she lovely? Many of these proud tractor owners took these ole’ tractors out for a run with small plows to show how the fields were worked and there were horse drawn plows and mowers begin demonstrated too.
One way to get around the show grounds was by horse drawn cart. This little four-month-old cutie was connected right to his mama’s harness and he went merrily along with his ears perked up, curious about everything.
If you ever get the chance to attend one of these shows and to see what the rural life is all about, take it!