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Steam and Gas Show - Sept 26-28, 2008
By Catherine Stortz Ripley, C-T
Published: Monday, September 29, 2008

The Way We Were

CAPTION: The featured tractor of this year’s Harvest Days was the Ford. There was also a large display of Sears and David Bradley large garden tractors. Harvest Days concluded with the antique and classic tractor pull on Sunday.

Photo by Catherine Stortz Ripley, C-T

The Livingston County Fairgrounds were filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of life in the country many years ago during the 22nd annual Old Time Harvest Days. The three-day event, which ended Sunday, was sponsored by the Livingston County Steam & Gas Association whose motto is “Preserving the Past for the Future.”

The featured tractor of the this year’s Harvest Days was the Ford. There was also a large display of Sears and David Bradley large garden tractors. Harvest Days concluded with the antique and classic tractor pull on Sunday. Throughout the fairgrounds were a number of demonstrations including water well drilling and oats threshing. The old-time water well drill was powered by a single horse walking in circles as the equipment drills down. The drill was in operation Friday and Saturday until it hit rock about 15 to 16 feet below the ground’s surface. Through water witching (using a divining rod), it was believed that water was around 27 feet down. The threshing machine is owned by Larry and Mary Grothe. Association President John Meneely said the annual steam and gas association event — which was only the second one at the new fairgrounds — was successful with ideal weather conditions as well as a good number of vendors and exhibitors.

CAPTION: The old-time water well drill was powered by a single horse walking in circles as the equipment drills down. The drill was in operation Friday and Saturday until it hit rock about 15-16 feet below the ground's surface. Through water witching (using a divining rod), it was believed that water was around 27 feet down.

Photo by Catherine Stortz Ripley, C-T

CAPTION: The Livingston County Fairgrounds were filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of life in the country many years ago during the 22nd annual Old Time Harvest Days. The threshing machine is owned by Larry and Mary Grothe.

Photo by Catherine Stortz Ripley, C-T

Old Time Harvest Days

CAPTION: Tina-Avalon 5th grader Marti Mills tried her hand at grinding corn into feed.

Photo by Amanda McKay, C-T

Steam and Gas Association Old-Time Harvest Days was crowded this morning with area elementary school students.

CAPTION: Dan Files of Brookfield and Ed Harper of Browning had a fire burning this morning, creating tools with heat and pressure. After stoking the metal in the blazing hot coals, the shape was pounded out with a heavy mallet to form the handmade tools.

Photo by Amanda McKay, C-T

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