Kayleen Reusser is a lifelong resident of northeast Indiana and loves to write about her home state to excite others about its treasures. She has written 11 children’s books and had stories published in Chicken Soup, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Bluffton News-Banner.
I admit, I didn’t think I’d really enjoy attending the Greensburg Power of the Past show this past weekend.
I mainly went because my husband was raised on a farm and I thought he would enjoy seeing tractors and other old and antique farm implements (some a century old!) that his family might have used. I don’t mean he’s a century old– far from it!
It was the first power engine show for both of us. After parking our car at the Decatur County Fairgrounds, we walked among the dozens of tractors of many makes and models parked in rows. Some tractor owners drove their vehicles among the rows during the day. No offense to the others, but this little guy was the cutest one!
As I had hoped, John enjoyed seeing tractors he and neighbors had owned. But there were special surprises.
We saw a threshing machine in operation with a huge amount of straw to be fed through. Somehow the machine separated the grain from chaff and spit them out into piles. Threshing was something I had heard of and read about in history books. It was cool to see it – and hear it! The thresher is loud!
Another interesting antique machine was a log planer. Using huge pieces of logs, a group of men slowly fed the logs through the machine, creating rough-hewn planks. It looked like a cumbersome process. Still it was an impressive demonstration and educational which I appreciated.
Smaller old-fashioned machines that attracted our attention was a washing machine and corn peeler, the latter of which was an invention of which I didn’t even know of!
Ultimately, this was my favorite way to watch steam power something. This little guy could have ridden to California and back without tiring out his horse!
We had a wonderful day and created good memories. Even people who don’t have an agricultural background would enjoy the Greensburg Power of the Past show, male & female and young and old. Next year when the Decatur County Power Engine Show occurs, I encourage people to visit it and learn about the past!
$3 per person
12 and under free
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