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Saturday morning event will raise money for support.

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

August 12, 2013

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You still have six days left to visit the Indiana State Fair and check out new exhibits, plus old favorites.

Word is that the Glass Barn built by the Indiana Soybean Alliance is packing people in daily. It features several interactive exhibits that let people see what modern agriculture is like.

It's just down the street from Pioneer Village. Tim Nannet, coordinator of the Pioneer Village display, has his full crew of volunteers on hand every day to meet people. See everything from threshing to corn meal grinding, done as you watch. Ask to see the Huber tractors that were obtained from Robert Stwalley, Crawfordsville, to display at the Pioneer Village museum.


There's also a lot full of antique tractors, mostly all restored, some under a tent and some not, along with an original Rose Acres egg truck from the 1950's, on display behind the main Pioneer Village building. Check out the tractors, and look for the tractor of the day. One tractor is designated as tractor of the day each day of the fair. It is typcially an unusual model or one that's restored particularly well.

Plan on being at Pioneer Village on Saturday, August 15, the final Saturday of the Indiana State Fair, for the Pioneer Village old-time farm auction. You're liable to see anything go up for bid, including tractors, toy tractors, old farm equipment and more. It's a real auction with real money. Proceeds help support restoration efforts for the Village at the fair.

The auction also features items made by craftsmen during the fair in the Pioneer Village main building. It usually includes everything from chairs to wooden benches. The highlight of the sale is the auction of the quilt made by ladies during the fair. Many have been donated back and are on display at the Normandy Barn behind Pioneer Village.

See you at the fair!

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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