The 31st annual Old Time Harvest Days, sponsored by the Livingston County Steam and Gas Association, was held over the weekend. Trying something new, in 2017, did not charge a gate fee this year.
The 31st annual Old Time Harvest Days, sponsored by the Livingston County Steam and Gas Association, was held over the weekend. Trying something new, in 2017, did not charge a gate fee this year. Also new to the event, was a steam powered sawmill estimated to be from the 1890s-1910, a 1920s husker, a 1935 stationary baler, and a 1950s roto baler, according to association president Mike Williams. Last year’s attraction, the 1920s thresher, also returned for another exhibit. Another first to the two day event was the carnival concession booth brought in for this year’s exhibition, that served cotton candy, funnel cakes, snowcones, pretzels and corndogs. The kid’s day exhibition on Friday, brought 530 children from area schools, which is up from the 400 kids that attended last year. They toured the exhibits, like the country kitchen, home made butter churning, rootbeer and apple butter making booths, and blacksmith exhibit. There was a wood carving show, rope making and an apron show. There was also A washing machine, sewing machine display and a garden tractor display. They also played some field games and rode the tractor lead shuttle and hay rides. The indoor exhibits were much more interactive this year as a result of not charging a gate fee. Volunteers that usually manned the gates were now made available to support the other exhibits. Saturday’s events included the quilt show and a tractor rodeo where kids were able to compete with adults. Williams was happy with the 2017 schedule of events, sure that there was plenty to see. “Like you’ve noticed, we try to do some things different every year”, said Williams, “And it’s not difficult, because there are so many things that we could do.”