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The Farming Ways of Yesterday: Alive at Plagman Barn in Garber
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The Farming Ways of Yesterday: Alive at Plagman Barn in Garber

Have you ever wondered how the farmers of yesterday accomplished their daily tasks, worked the land, and harvested their crops? What was an Iowa farming community like generations ago? Come and experience the farming lifestyle of yesteryear at Plagman Barn in Garber, September 14th through the 16th. View demonstrations daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is just $6, and for all three days, kids under twelve are FREE.

The Northeast Iowa Farm Antique Association is a group deeply dedicated to the historical preservation of farming. As part of that commitment, they help to educate the youth of today about the region's early farms practices and techniques. For three days this fall, you can take a step back to the time to when horse-drawn equipment was utilized by our forefathers. Relax and enjoy a horse or tractor ride. Witness demonstrations as hot steam fills the air via a steam-powered engine. Single cylinder engines will also put on a show while threshing oats, chopping silage, and baling straw. Watch demonstrators chopping wood from logs with an ax, or working a grist mill, blacksmithing, or churning homemade butter in a butter churn. Discover how technology developed and changed agricultural practices over the years, and experience the wide range of makes and models of farm tractors and equipment on display. See beautifully restored antique tractors shine like they just left the factory. Also on display will be numerous old pieces of farm machinery, household appliances, and various memorabilia from past generations.

Want to settle in for a show? Watch the horse and antique tractor pull! Encourage the kids to experience the country schoolhouse, petting zoo, and kiddie tractor pull. There's live music on Friday with Dave Poggenklass. Saturday's music on offer will be Keepin’ It Country, and on Sunday, you can relax to the Sounds of Nashville. Early bird? On Saturday and Sunday, breakfast is served from 6:30-9:30 a.m. When your stomach rumbles for some lunch, enjoy a sandwich, soup, and/or fries. If your sweet tooth needs a fix, delicious desserts and ice-cream will be constantly available. To top things off, you can set back and enjoy a mouthwatering chicken dinner on Sunday after church services. Then, maybe take a chance on the raffle drawings in an effort to win a Massay Harris Tractor, a handmade quilt, or a toy via the kid’s raffle.

We'll see you at Plagman Barn for a family-fun weekend and a blast from Iowa's past!

By Gianna Manternach

Image credit: Plagman Barn

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Wow! What a fantastic fall event! Thanks for the post.
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