It’s here and more beautiful than ever. No, I am not talking about spring I am talking about Farm Collector Magazine’s 35th Annual Show Directory. Although it feels like spring might be just around the corner, today I am more excited about the beginning of the 2009 antique farm equipment show season.
I can’t say exactly why, but I am fascinated … some would say obsessed with antique and vintage farm equipment … especially tractors from the 1940s through the 1970s. I am also a huge fan of the International Harvester Company and their construction equipment, tractors and light trucks … I am so obsessed that I have written books about Harvester and some of its equipment lines.
Anyway, back to the 35th Annual Show Directory. This book is your guide to hundreds and hundreds of antique equipment shows, threshing bees, horse pulls, you name it … in just about every state and province in North America. I keep one copy of the book in my truck and one at home. I like to stop at shows as I travel around, so keeping the Show Directory in my truck means that no matter where I am going, I can find some show to visit between here and there. I expect to take in a few shows this summer … probably in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
If you have never been to a tractor show or plow day, now is your chance. Get your own copy of the 35th Annual Show Directory and plan a fantastic family outing or 100 in 2009. For those grandparents among you, I know you have a grandson or granddaughter who would relish a chance to see how things were done in the “olden” days.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.