Farm Style Fun

Lately I have traveled a lot for farm style fun. Do you hit the road for farm events? There are a variety of farm events to attend. Some are just a short drive away while others require a road trip!

Farm Shows

This weekend one of the grand daddy shows, the National Farm Machinery Show is taking Place in Louisville, Kentucky. Recently we attended the Midwest the 2020 Midwest Ag Expo. This event was held at Gordyville, USA the last Wednesday and Thursday of January.

This show like most farm shows had mostly new equipment so farmers could see farm trends in machinery. However, this show also represents some old iron which offered tons of farm style fun for us!

The I & I Tractor & Gas Engine Club were set up at the show representing Historic Farm Days. This antique tractor show is held July 9-12 and this year will feature Minneapolis Moline.

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The Beck’s lovely Minneapolis 17-30

Several show members were on hand with their antique tractors including Ron and Geneva Beck.  My favorite tractor at the show was the Beck’s Minneapolis 17-30 which Ron thinks is a 1922 or 1923 model. 

See what other farm shows are coming down the pike!

Farm Toy Shows

During the summer farm toy collectors can find an antique tractor show almost every weekend. The same is true of farm toy shows during the winter months. This winter I have I recently attended two shows. One new show we had never been to was the Paxton Farm Toy Show.

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Chris Elliott was set up with his toys at the Paxton show.

This show was a surprise for us. We learned about it from our friends Chuck and Debbie Maxwell. They shared that this was a show that was well attended and they were right. We saw a nice variety of toys in a location we never really travel to. We even ran into a few friends like Chris Elliott.

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Cool farm layout at the Gateway show!

Then the first full weekend in February we attended the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show. This was the 39th year for this annual event that takes place in St. Louis. Held at the Westport Sheraton, my favorite part of this show is the farm layout and scratch built contest. Here you can see amazing modelers put their best foot forward and have some amazing farm style fun!

Historic Markers

Old Rotation historic marker

Then there is the historic marker. Traveling in Alabama this past January our friend Randy Bodine took us to to see an agricultural historic marker. Randy showed us The Old Rotation site established in 1896 by Professor J.F. Duggar of the at Auburn University. This site is the 3rd oldest continuous field crop experiment in the U.S. This is also the 1st experiment to demonstrate the benefits of rotating cotton with other crops. This showed yield improvements. Farm style fun can be found when traveling and stopping at historic markers!

These are just a few of the places you can find farm style fun. Antique malls also offer fun farm finds as well! What places do you go to find farm style fun?

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