12th Annual Old Farmin’ Days in Caledonia

Staff Report

The 12th Annual Old Farmin’ Days will be held Sept. 10 on the Andy Ward family farm in northern Boone County, at 1171 Rockton Road, Caledonia, Ill. Over the past 12 years, the show has grown from a neighborhood picnic to a well-known event drawing in more than 2,500 people.

The day’s activities include demonstrations of several piece of antique farm equipment being powered by either antique tractors or teams of draft horses, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The oldest piece of working equipment is an 1887 wooden threshing machine. Back again this year are antique tractor pulls, pedal tractor pulls for the kids, and garden tractor pulls.

Part of the fun includes kids’ games, a petting zoo, wagon rides, chainsaw art and blacksmithing, as well as plenty of farm antiques to see. This a great chance to step back in time and see how farming was done many years ago down on the farm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

From the Sept. 7-13, 2011, issue

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