Harvesting the Past

The I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club of Penfield, IL sponsors an annual exposition called Historic Farm Days, a sort of concentrate of rural Americana combining antique farm equipment, sawmill and blacksmith demonstrations, tractor pulls, delicious unhealthy food, and country music in one four-day binge. The old elementary school in Penfield houses the permanent exhibits of the club, including this antique corn sheller:

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This is the only picture I have from this year’s trip that I really like. I have not yet learned how to give my family their due while also working in some picture time at events like this; with a bit of luck, advance planning, and more patience on my part, maybe we’ll figure it out better next year.

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