Farming the old-fashioned

Jocelyn Turner
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James Legge shows of his 1929 Catepillar Ten gas engine tractor during the fair. Legge even brought a fact board to show guests to the fair what the tractor was once used for.

WALLACE BAY - Old tractor engine, hand-cranked milk separators and hay bail presses were all the rave Saturday in Wallace Bay during the antique mechanical fair hosted by the North Shore tractor and Engine Club.

“We have quite a string of tractors on display and we actually do some hands-on demonstration. We’re binding grain and we‘re going to demonstrate the old hay press,” said club member Ron Wells, who was also out giving tractor rides. “We’re trying to demonstrate the way things were done years ago.  The reception is fairly good and we try to have a little something here for everyone. We even have hay bail piled there for the kids to climb on.”

The club will also be hosting a tractor run Sept. 23. The tractor owners will leave the field where they hosted the fair and travel 30 kilometres. They will have a free meal and hope to have as many tractors and trailer riders as possible. 

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