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Learn about early farm life at ‘Day at The Farm’

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Take a step into the past Sunday at Day at The Farm on the Dickson-Murst Farm in Montgomery.

Farm activities will try to depict farming in the late 1930s and 40s with antique tractors, harvesting and farm life.  

A demonstration of wheat threshing by a 1909 grain separator powered by a steam engine will be featured. A morning and afternoon session will show how crops were processed in the last century. In addition to the thresher, two vintage corn shellers and other farm-oriented activities will be demonstrated.  

New this year is a presentation by food specialist Laura Barr from the University of Illinois Extension. She will give a demonstration on the difference between hot water bath and pressure canning. She will be there from noon to 2 p.m.   

Activities for children include pedal tractor pulls, $4 pony rides and a new play area. Stop and enjoy a grilled sandwich from Country Kitchen.

Listen for the Bluegrass music as musicians jam throughout the day in the shade of the giant trees. There also will be hay rides around the neighborhood pulled by antique tractors or a team of Belgian horses.

The Conservation Foundation, owner of the property and co-host of the event, will have rain barrels on hand plus information about water conservation and open-land preservation. The event will be held rain or shine, with parking available in nearby areas.  

Day at the Farm is a free event, with only a nominal charge for the pony rides and reasonable prices at the Country Kitchen.

Dickson-Murst Farm is at 2550 Dickson Road on the west side of Montgomery. For information, call 630-272-0686.

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