August 11, 2021
Antique farming equipment has been a popular attraction at Husker Harvest Days for more than 30 years. Farmers, both young and old, enjoy seeing where agriculture has been with these antique displays, along with learning about where agriculture is going through the present-day farm technology exhibits and demonstrations on the show grounds.
Visitors looking for older equipment at Husker Harvest Days should head to the antique tractor exhibits in the southeast corner of the show grounds on Lot 1122. This year the location of the display moved, but there are plenty of exhibitors to talk with, many of them have attended each and every HHD show dating back to the beginning.
During the show’s 40th anniversary in 2017, several exhibit organizers brought tractors and tillage implements that were not quite antiques but had been used during the first show in 1978. Some of the organizers at this year’s event actually helped in fall 1977 to prepare the field site before the first show in 1978.
Many of the tractors on display have been meticulously restored to their former glory, so they have a little shine in the paint and gloss on the tires. Organizer, Howard Raymond of Wellfleet, Neb., says at this year’s show, organizers are planning to display antique lawn tractors and small engines, as well as large farm tractors.
While many of those helping with the antique displays use the latest in technology and equipment on their own farms, they enjoy looking back to the history of agriculture and preserving that heritage.
So step back in time at Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 14-16, in Grand Island, Neb., and visit the antique tractor display because there’s always something new to see and, maybe, an implement, tractor or artifact that you’ve never seen before.
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