‘Great Harvest’ at Sauder Village

Staff report

This summer, antique tractor lovers will enjoy Sauder Village and the Massey Collector’s Association hosting of “The Great Harvest Northwest Ohio” on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, at Sauder Village in Archbold.

During this two-day event Massey Collectors will gather with their antique farm equipment to help harvest the wheat that was planted last fall on 100 acres of farmland around Sauder Village. Collectors of Wallis, Massey Harris, Ferguson, and Massey Ferguson and other antique tractor lovers from throughout the Midwest are expected to participate and watch this farming demonstration of days gone by. Antique combines and farm implements will be used, and antique tractors will be on display.

Wheat harvest is weather dependent, so guests are encouraged to visit www.saudervillage.org or call 800-590-9755 to confirm plans for the weekend.

“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 will be no admission fee to view the planting in the fields on Friday and Saturday, but a fee is charged for admission to the Village.

Also taking place in the Village this weekend is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Weekend featuring all kinds of “Little House on The Prairie” themed activities. Guests will have an opportunity to dip candles, churn butter, make a rag doll, participate in an old-fashioned spell down, and enjoy “Little House on the Prairie” stories. Guests who come in pioneer-themed costuming for the day will receive free admission in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Laura’s birthday!

“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.

“The Great Harvest Northwest Ohio” event co-sponsors include Rupp Seeds of Pettisville and Tri-Flo Propane and Fertilizer of Archbold. All of the Great Harvest activities are weather permitting.

Staff report