It is getting that time of year to start thinking about the Livingston County Steam and Gas Old Time Harvest Days coming up next month. The dates for this year’s show are Sept. 22-23.

It is getting that time of year to start thinking about the Livingston County Steam and Gas Old Time Harvest Days coming up next month. The dates for this year’s show are Sept. 22-23. The Steam and Gas board met last December and looked at ways to improve its festival. Much of the discussion centered around the venues the local show competes with that weekend. The Livingston County show is the only one with a gate admission fee. “It was decided to allow free admission to the show grounds this year, but in doing so we had to eliminate the draft horse pull,” said Mike Williams, president of the Livingston County Steam and Gas Association. The board also voted to add a band for music on Saturday night. That free show will be Stan Maberry and his Stanley Steamers. Preparations for the event begin months in advance of the actual show. “In March we planted oats on Carol Holder’s farm and on a hot day in July we ran them through the binder and loaded four heaping wagons for threshing at the show,” Williams stated. He also extended words of appreciation for the free use of some land from the Dub Baker family, seed from Butterfield’s in Meadville, and fertilizer from Chula Farmers Coop. Members planted 3½ acres of corn and 1½ acres of cane. At least two uses are planned for the corn. Restoration is under way on a husker/shredder to be demonstrated at the show along with shelling ear corn for winter squirrel feeding. The rest of the corn will be run through an antique binder and made into shocks for fall decorations. “We plan to have some shocks available at the fairgrounds and Orscheln’s will be selling them during the fall season. Molasses will be made later this fall. Feature displays this year are washing machines and wash boards as well as sewing machines. If interested, the public is invited to show their items. There is no entry fee and cash prizes will be awarded. “We at Livingston County Steam & Gas put a lot of time, effort and money into making this one of the best family-oriented shows our community has to offer and now it’s free,” Williams said. “Make sure to set aside the last full weekend of September 22-23, to come out to the Old Time Harvest Days and have a good old-fashioned family outing.”