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Rural celebration brings past farming practices to life

Published: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Farm machinery like this thresher will be on display Aug. 23 at East Jordan Church's annual Farm Heritage Festival near Sterling. Photo submitted by Jonathan Koch.

STERLING – The eighth annual free Farm Heritage Festival will be Aug. 23 at East Jordan Church, 22027 Polo Road.

Breakfast will be served from 7 to 9 a.m., with pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and gravy on the menu. Tickets are $6.

The farm machine demonstrations will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the displays will be a threshing machine, stationary baler, loose hay loader, wagon lifts and elevators, an ensilage cutter, a corn husker-shredder, plowing by tractor and horse, and a working blacksmith.

At the activity center, visitors can try their hand at a corn sheller and rope maker. Also featured is a farm animal zoo with dairy cows, sheep, and goats.

A lunch stand will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the church. Sandwiches, beans, salads, chips, and desserts will be served. The cost is $7.50. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Those who would like to display or operate antique farm equipment at the show should call Steve Venhuizen at 815-946-2513.

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