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Annual Old-Time Harvest Days
September 29, 2014

The 28th Annual Old-Time Harvest Days proved to be another success this weekend as people gathered to experience times past. A popular feature with the children was the feed grinding station. Turner and Tori Jones, children of Tony and Traci Jones, 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 Photos / 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.

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 draft horse pull was well received," said Mike Williams, president of the Livingston County Steam and Gas Association which sponsors the harvest days event each year. "I don't see any reason that it won't come back next year." The event lasted two hours.

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 Jenkyns equipment made in Browning, Missouri, and, later, in Chillicothe. The Jenkins Hay Rake and Stacker company dates back to the late 1800s, when M.R. Jenkyns 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.

This 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."We had a lot of people come to watch and we had a good crowd of people enjoying the dance," said Norma Constant, secretary of the Livingston County Steam and Gas Association.

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, and balers. There was also a large display of antique cars, trucks and tractors brought in by Nolan Burton, of Chillicothe. Sunday morning began with a well-attended worship service led by Williams, who also is 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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Old-Time Harvest Days
Constitution-Tribune 
September 27, 2010
C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Today’s generation - comprised of old and young alike - revisited lifestyles of the past during the 24th annual Old-Time Harvest Days over the weekend at Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. Visitors could step back in time (or even ride a horse-drawn wagon as shown in the photo) and see old trades and farming traditions from yesteryear, including a threshing machine, an old sawmill, corn shelling, rope making, cider squeezing, a blacksmith, and much more.


C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Organizers said they were pleased with the event despite Saturday afternoon's rain which caused the tractor pull to be cancelled for Sunday. "We had a good crowd up until the rain; and overall, we had a good show," said John Meneely, president of the Livingston County Steam & Gas Association, which sponsors the event.

CAPTION 2: Mark Lee, of Chillicothe, shows how old gas engines are used to power a corn sheller and grinder.

Caption 3: Dan Files, of Brookfield, demonstrates blacksmithing. Exhibitors, such as Files, say they enjoy sharing their interests with others. "I grew up in a small town where there was a blacksmith," Files said. "I like to keep the craft alive."

Caption 4: A massive steam engine owned by Stanley Maberry was part of the parade of power, which involved around 70 old tractors.

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