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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Harvest Days starts Friday

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  • The Livingston County Steam and Gas Association's annual Old-Time Harvest Days takes place this weekend at the Livingston County fairgrounds, with a full slate of activities and demonstrations starting tomorrow (Friday) morning.
    Students from at least eight local and area schools will visit the site Friday morning, and some classes plan to stay until early afternoon.
    This is the 26th year for the Old-Time Harvest Days.
    "It's old-fashioned fun," said association president Mike Williams. "There will be some old, forgotten crafts, demonstrations and skills. It's a family-oriented event."
    Demonstrations will take place throughout each day. There will be threshing, corn shelling and grinding, stationary baling, rope making, cider making, apple butter (Friday), a blacksmith, weaving, butter churning, a sawmill, a steam engine, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo.
    There will also be several displays, including classic and antique tractor displays, classic and antique car and truck displays, antique machinery displays, miniature farm equipment, an old apron display, steam engines, quilt display, and a gas engine display.
    The featured tractor for this year's event is the Oliver/Hart-Parr, a fairly rare tractor. The one on display for Old-Time Harvest Days is provided by Ron and Mary Gearhart, of Colfax, Iowa.
    A schedule of events for the weekend includes Laura Ingalls Wilder stories at 9:30 a.m., and 1 p.m., on Saturday. A pedal pull for all ages will be at 10 a.m., Saturday.
    Also Saturday, there will be an apron show at 10 a.m., and a quilt show at 11 a.m.
    The Parade of Power, featuring dozens of tractors on parade throughout the fairgrounds, takes place at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, and again at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday.
    The tractor rodeo starts at 2 p.m., on Saturday.
    Musical entertainment and a dance will take place at 7 p.m., on both Friday and Saturday, with Dawn Country Jubilee playing on Friday, and the Medicine Creek Band playing on Saturday. Dinner will be served both days, from 5 until 7 p.m.
    A church service will be at 9 a.m., on Sunday.
    The antique and classic tractor pull will take place at 11 a.m., Sunday.
    There will be an old cultivator contest, with cash prizes for the top three finishers. Cultivators will be judged in the categories of best garden, best horse-drawn, and best tractor unit.
    Admission is $5 for a three-day adult pass. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult paid admission.

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