There are plenty of old-timers who attend the upcoming Vintage Farm Equipment show in Atkinson year after year, but increasingly, there are children, too.
The show is Sept. 15 and 16 at Bridge Park in Atkinson.
“Kids are intrigued by this stuff because they’re not used to seeing it,” said show organizer Dave Carton.
Carton said the show in recent years has made an extra effort to reach out to kids through a young collectors group, and has involved area 4-H and FFA chapters.
“The interest among the kids has really taken off on us,” he said. “We’ve been overwhelmed with the response.”
One of the features of the annual show, which displays and demonstrates horse-drawn or basic engine implements, is a contest for kids who have rebuilt old pieces of equipment. The in-need-of-repair equipment is given to the kids, who have until next year to fix it up.
“We’ve got kids who keep coming back every year, which is pretty exciting,” Carton said, adding that the event is a great way for the kids and old-timers to mingle and compare notes.
Repair projects have included garden tractors, horseplows and even garden tractors that kids have repaired and showed.
Prizes for the youth competition this year are three lawn and garden tractors.
Equally exciting to Carton is the recent establishment of a farm equipment museum.
“Our museum is up and going and we’ve been given a lot of really neat stuff,” he said.
Carton said displaying the old equipment is a great reminder of human ingenuity, and that the equipment — in the age of all things electronic — still stands the test of time.
“The hands-on stuff has really gone by the wayside,” he said.
The farm show event is sponsored by area businesses and donations will be taken to help support the seven agriculture museums on the area, including the Henry County Historical Society and Ryan’s Round Barn at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park.
He said one of the group’s initiatives is to get more kids involved with their local museum.
“We’ve been very blessed over the years with quite a lot of support,” he said. “We just think it’s important to keep it going.”
See times and get more information at www.vintagefarmequipmentshow.com or see the show’s Facebook page.