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OLD-TIME HARVEST DAYS
C-T September 29, 2014

PHOTO CAPTION: The 28th Annual Old-Time Harvest Days proved to be another success as people gathered to experience times past. A popular feature with the children was the feed grinding station. Children were hands on grinding corn into feed for animals. The blacksmith station was another popular attraction. Bill George of Chillicothe, showed first-hand some smithing skills. Friday night, the draft horse pull was in action. The teams came from all around the area demonstrating and competing for the best pull. Some of the teams of horses weighed in excess of 3,800 pounds.


C-T Photo / Beth Cox

Today's generation - comprised of old and young, alike - revisited lifestyles of the past during the 28th annual Old-Time Harvest Days over the weekend at Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. Visitors could step back in time and see old trades and farming traditions from yesteryear, including a threshing machine, corn shelling, rope making, cider squeezing, a blacksmith, and much more. The event began Friday with many demonstrations in progress for guests to view. The day also is popular for school field trips. More than 400 students from six local and area schools visited the grounds. The Livingston County Steam and Gas Association sponsors the harvest days event each year. 

For the first time in eight years, the Old Time Harvest Days included a draft horse pull. Thirteen teams from around Missouri and one from Iowa competed Friday evening. The Minneapolis-Moline was the featured tractor for this year's Harvest Days. The equipment exhibit centered around all things used for hay production, with a special focus on Jenkins equipment made in Browning, Mo., and, later, in Chillicothe. The Jenkins Hay Rake and Stacker company dates back to the late 1800s, when M.R. Jenkins conceived the idea of an overshot stacker of a stationary type and started production in Browning on a small scale. The business grew, and in 1908, the company moved to Chillicothe to be closer to railways and other facilities. The weekend's Harvest Days show saw about 14 pieces of hay equipment, including three Jenkins items.

Aside from the demonstrations, the huckster wagon and stage coach drew significant attention, as did a presentation about the history of handbags and purses, as well as a quilt show and discussion. The Phil Watson Country Band performed on Saturday night. A large display of tractors is always a big attraction during Harvest Days and this year was no exception. People came from all over bringing in tractors, farm machinery, balers, and more. A large display of antique cars, trucks and tractors was also brought in by Nolan Burton of Chillicothe.

Sunday morning began with a well-attended worship service led by the minister of Mt. Zion Christian Church near Laredo. The weather, always an important factor when planning an outdoor event, was warm, but dry. Admission was $5 for a three-day pass, with children under 12 years of age admitted free. Gate receipts were up over last year.

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