Farmamerica is celebrating the fall harvest during its Fall Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. by showcasing great old tractors and antique farm equipment.
Tractors and antique farm equipment will play a big part in this year's fair, which includes a tractor parade on Saturday and the ever-popular tractor pull on Sunday. A full schedule of events can be found at www.farmamerica.org.
Jim Gibson, Farmamerica's executive director, said, "We are pretty excited to have some really unusual antique tractors coming. One of the tractors, the Minneapolis, is a monster. I stood next to the wheel and the top towered above me. It must be seven feet in diameter."
There are expected to be nearly 70 antique tractors on display, in addition to other antique equipment that was displayed last week at Pioneer Power.
Not only will this equipment be on display, but some of them will be used in demonstrations, said Gibson. There will be an oat threshing demonstration, corn shelling, baling and corn stalk shredding. There will even be a buzz saw demonstration.
"The buzz saw is mounted on, and run by, a tractor. It is a noisy, dangerous, open-bladed circular saw which was used for cutting firewood into small chunks. Don't worry, we will make sure the spectators are safe at all times." Gibson said with a smile.
Lots of other activities are happening at Farmamerica during the Fall Fair, too. Take a tractor-drawn tram ride around the 120-acre site to see live farm animals, draft horse pulls, demonstrations on everything from butter-churning to blacksmithing. Brave the mile-long corn maze or stroll through Peddler's Grove, an 1850's pioneer tent city.
Kids can try to find a needle in the haystack, ride Vincent the Gyspy Horse or play horseshoes. The 1850's settlement will be bustling with activity, as will the 1930's farm. Tour guides will be on hand to greet you and tell you all about farming and rural life in each time period.
Food and refreshments will be available both days, with Dad's Belgian Waffles putting on breakfast Sunday morning.
Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 6-13. Children 5 & under are free. Farmamerica is located 2 miles West of Waseca on County Road 2, off Highway 14. Watch for signs. For the weekend's schedule and more information about the Fall Fair, go to www.farmamerica.org.