May 24, 2013
WAPAKONETA — What began as a reunion for farming friends has turned into a three-day show celebrating all things agricultural. This weekend the 24th annual Buckeye Farm Antiques Club takes over the Auglaize County Fairgrounds to share the farming life in all its glory.
“Each year we choose a different make of tractor to highlight. This year we are showing off Ohio-made tractors,” said Esther Gaier, director of the annual event. Which means that Huber tractors from the Marion area will be on display, along with the very rare Harshman tractor, built in the early 1900s around the Cridersville area. Also, an Attaman-Taylor sawmill will operate throughout the weekend.
“We like to keep our heritage alive, and remember how our forefathers started out in farming,” Gaier said.
To show off their farming heritage, there will be threshing and corn shredding, baling and wood sculpting. There will also be a blacksmith and sawmill.
But it’s not just farming that will take center stage at this annual show.
There will be a consignment auction of farm-related material. There will be more than 50 crafters, and 17 food vendors. There will be broom making, rug making, quilting and plenty of tractor pulls for all ages. And, there will be homemade ice cream made with antique gas engines.
“We have polka dancing on Friday from the Freudemacher polka band, and on Saturday we have entertainment from Country Expressions, with square dancing available,” Gaier said.
“This is always a popular event. We have people coming from places as far away as Canada to the Carolinas. It’s one of the first shows of the season, and it’s a lot of fun,” Gaier said.