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Harvest Festival at the Farm And Ranch Museum

October 1, 2011

Back on September 18, I got my worst sunburn of the summer. (It was September! I kinda forgot about the sunblock thing.)

I spent so much time outside that day because I was checking out the annual Harvest Festival at the Farm And Ranch Museum. There’s old-fashioned agricultural technology galore. It’s quite the production!

We passed a Pony Express rider as we stashed our bikes at the edge of the field serving as the event parking lot.

Gosh . . . where to begin with the pictures?

Perhaps with the tractor parade.

As each tractor passed the grandstand, information about it was read aloud. Some of the tractors belonged to FARM, some belonged to people who showed up with their machines.

By the way, tractors aren’t just for boys.

Tractors aren’t just for adults, either. The pedal variety was available for kiddos at the Harvest Fest. The seriousness of one little girl as she delivered pedal tractor trailer loads of hay made me smile.

There was a random assortment of belt-driven gas-powered machinery to gawk at.

One of the gas-powered gadgets was an ice cream maker!

There was hand-powered machinery, too, like this corn sheller.

There was plenty of horse (and braying mule) power as well.

It was a bit dusty out there.

Out came a truck to spray water and keep down the dust, thank goodness.

Unfortunately, the truck drove a little too slowly and created mud.

The featured crop at the harvest fest this year was potatoes. (Each year FARM features a different crop and demonstrates how it’s harvested.)

Two gents drove a team of Belgian mares (named Cindy and Laura – don’t know why, but their names just tickle me). The plow they pulled turned up potatoes, just as would have been done in the old days.

Here they come!

There they go!

(A note: the gent in the black vest is from Scotland. He works at the Highland Folk Museum, and came all the way to Wyobraska just to participate in this event!)

Regardless of the featured crop, potatoes get planted at FARM every year for the ever-popular potato dig. People can bring bags and buckets and pick their own potatoes.

Then there was the corn maze (or as Bugman calls it, the maize maze).

The maize maze, sponsored by the Gering Kiwanis, would have been featured at today’s Kiwanis’ Family Fun Day, too. The maze has more than a half-mile of pathway.

Here we go through the maize maze. Tall Bugman is very good at navigating maize mazes.

Disclaimer: these photos may or may not be in order. Don’t try to use them to “cheat” in the maze. 😉

No sweat! The end is almost in sight!

At the end of the maze, Bugman discovered the pumpkin patch. There were interesting bugs in the pumpkin patch.

There’s truly something for everyone at the FARM Harvest Festival!

UPDATE: Farm And Ranch Museum joined forces with the former North Platte Valley Museum to become Legacy of the Plains Museum at 2930 Old Oregon Trail in Gering. See the Legacy of the Plains Museum website for the most recent updates.

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011 10:46 am

    Smiles throughout!

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