Sauder Village presents ‘Great Planting’ and more

Imagine a field in Ohio’s rural countryside filled with antique tractors working side-by-side to plow, disc, and plant winter wheat. This fall, antique tractor lovers will see this dream come to life as Sauder Village and the Massey Collector’s Association host “The Great Planting Northwest Ohio” on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sauder Village in Archbold.

During the two-day event Massey Collectors will gather antique tractors and farm implements to help plow, disc, and plant winter wheat on 100 acres of farmland around Sauder Village. Massey collectors and other antique tractor lovers from throughout the Midwest are expected to participate, with nearly 100 antique tractors and farm implements expected to be used. There will also be antique tractors on display, a tractor give-away, and a Friday evening banquet – pre-registration is required.

Collectors of Wallis, Massey Harris, Ferguson, and Massey Ferguson tractors are all invited to participate, but pre-registration is required. Call Gary Sager at 309-238-8698.

“Preserving and sharing this region’s agricultural heritage in authentic ways is a vital part of our educational efforts at Sauder Village,” said Kim Krieger, media relations. “We want to help our guests understand how innovation, technology, and hard work in farming isn’t just history, but continues in amazing ways today.”

There is no admission fee to view the planting in the fields on Friday and Saturday, but guests are encouraged to make this a one- or two-day getaway to enjoy the old-time demonstrations. A fee will be charged for admission to the Village.

Event co-sponsors include Rupp Seeds of Pettisville and Tri-Flo Propane and Fertilizer of Archbold. All of the “Great Planting” activities are weather permitting.

Other events at Sauder Village that weekend include a Fiber Arts Fest featuring artisans demonstrating spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and tatting, and fiber arts items for sale, and “All Aboard!,” a train event including a display of model trains and other train-themed activities.

“Whether you have plans to participate or just want to see this amazing gathering of antique tractors at work, we’re sure this will be a fantastic opportunity for tractor-lovers to gather in northwest Ohio,” Krieger added.

Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for students ages 6-16. Children five and under free with family, and senior, military, and AAA discounts are available.

For more information, phone 1-800-590-9755 or visit