Historic Farm Days set in Penfield

Historic Farm Days set in Penfield

PENFIELD — Minneapolis-Moline and BF Avery farm equipment will reign at this year's Historic Farm Days, which runs through this weekend in Penfield. And don't be surprised to see a Doodlebug or two.

The annual Historic Farm Days will be held Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. While there will be a few events Thursday, the show gets rolling Friday.

Showgoers will notice an addition to the show grounds — a new structure on the north end of the property.

"We have a new building that has been erected that will host the feature brand equipment," I&I President John Fredrickson said.

A dedication ceremony for the new building is set for Saturday prior to the parade. The 60-by-96-foot building was paid for from donated funds and is equipped to be open on the sides during dry weather and can be closed in the event of rain. The building is located near the sawmill.

It will house this year's featured equipment line, Minneapolis-Moline. Each year, Historic Farm Days features a different line of equipment.

"Minneapolis-Moline was a major implement company at one time," Fredrickson said. "I believe they were bought by White Motor Co., and then White basically got in financial problems, and they became part of the AGCO Group."

Historic Farm Days will host the national show of the BF Avery Collectors Association. Fredrickson said Avery made smaller tractors.

"They were in some of the ... smaller farms in the country back in the '40s," Fredrickson said. "They were smaller than an International M."

Many were sold through Montgomery-Ward.

International Harvester and John Deere are the most popular farm implement lines in this part of the country and draw the largest crowds to Historic Farm Days.

"We still have decent attendance for some of these smaller brands," Fredrickson said.

Also on display will be New Idea equipment. New Idea primarily manufactured corn pickers and manure spreaders.

A collection of Doodlebugs will be on display. The Doodlebug is the colloquial name for a homemade tractor in the United States during World War II when production tractors were in short supply. The Doodlebug of the 1940s was generally based on a 1920s or 1930s-era Ford automobile, which was modified either by the complete removal or alteration of some of the vehicle body.

"This is something that people with mechanical ability put together to make their own machine," Fredrickson said.

2012 Historic Farm Days


Mini rods/antique classes — 6 p.m.


Tractor games, grandstand, 10 a.m.

Frontier Twirlers Square Dancers, pavilion, 11:30 a.m.

Bingo, school cafeteria, 2-4 p.m.

Marvin Lee Country Music Show, pavilion, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Twilight tractor drive, starts at grandstand, 7 p.m.


Tractor games, grandstand, 10 a.m.

Wes Wheeler's Battle Creek Band, pavilion, 3-6 p.m.

Sanctioned tractor pull, grandstand, 6 p.m.

Steam engine spark show, dusk; fireworks when it gets dark


Marvin Lee gospel music, Old Penfield Church, 9:30-11 a.m.

Daily schedule of events

9 a.m., flag raising and national anthem

9:30 a.m.-noon, crib filling and shelling, threshing and baling, potato digging, wheat combining

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily, Chicago engine demo

1 p.m., tractor parade

2 p.m., pedal pull in the pavilion

2:30-4 p.m., corn crib shelling, threshing, baling, wheat harvest, tractor pull Friday-Sunday after parade

Sawmill daily except during lunch hour

Blacksmith shop demonstrations, log cabin open daily; household display and museum exhibits of yesteryear open daily; Old Penfield Church open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Nativity displays; quilt displays and crafts in the club hall; trading post open daily with collectibles to buy and sell. Raffle with tickets available near the windmill. Drawing 2 p.m. Sunday for Oliver tractor. Food available on the grounds.


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Sidney61877 wrote on July 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

When you are at The Historic Farm Days, make sure you stop by The Sidney Dairy Barn's "Moo-mobile" and get yourself some of their world famous ice cream