Over the weekend, we made our annual trek to Waverly, Nebraska to attend their 42nd antique machinery and threshing show at the Camp Creek grounds. Meeting old friends that we haven’t seen for year is a highlight as we greet each other with hugs and get a short time to catch up with each other’s lives. Bonus was my brother Mike, nephew Ben, and his lovely lady, Isabella.
In the relative cool of the morning, we walk the rows of antique tractors, seeing some of our favorites from years past and finding new ones we’ve never seen before. That leads us to the threshing grounds where our good friends run three antique thresh machines and power them with antique tractors as the grain gets augured into antique carts. The straw pile is collected and taken off the side, baled by an old bailer. The crowd gathers and gets of taste of what farm life used to be like.
There is butter churning, corn grinding, draft horses, antique horse equipment, an old print shop, and this year they added a jail built in a little town close by that they’ve hauled in and plan to restore to its one-cell former glory. There weren’t any notorious criminals around!
Of course, most of our time is spent down in the shady grove filled with hit and miss engines, a beautiful array of colors, sizes, and sounds. It is conveniently located close to the ice-cream shed.