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The Oldtime Farming Festival begins each year with a parade through Centerburg at 10:00am Saturday. You'll see floats, kids, marching units, and lots of antique tractors! The parade ends in the beautiful 14 acre Centerburg Community Memorial Park- the location of the Oldtime Farming Festival.
The highlight of the weekend for many is the Antique Tractor and Machinery Show. The show attracts more than 250 antique tractors, hit-and-miss engines, garden tractors, and farm trucks. There are demonstrations with various engines, plus threshing and baling with vintage equipment throughout the weekend.
The Festival Horticulture Show appreciates all kinds of plants- yes, even weeds! Many categories of vegetables, flowers, field crops, and arrangements are accepted for judging, with separate categories for kids. The Horticulture Show is a very colorful display to visit and provides local growers a place to "show off their best."
Just when you thought there would be nothing for the kids to do-- think again! The Kid's Corner games, face painting, entertainment, a magician, a pedal tractor pull, a Quarters in the Sand hunt and a Tootsie-Roll-in the Hay candy hunt (both days). Kids also love the petting zoo and the horse-drawn hayrides. In 2016 a "milking cow" and a straw maze were added, and in 2017 a Mini Indy!
The Festival attracts more than 60 vendors of handmade crafts in addition to demonstrators of old-time activities such as flintmakers, quilters, and a scroll sawyer. And there's always a kettle or two of ham 'n' beans cooking over an open fire and apple cider being made- free for the tasting.
Pies made by 25 local bakers are auctioned Saturday evening of the Festival as one of its major fund raisers. The pies may be presented in baskets, wreaths, or cabinets-- anything to try to bring in the most money-- sometimes more than $1000 for one pie! The top three bidders are awarded one-of -a-kind, collectible Festival pieplates as a token of thanks for their support.
You won't go hungry at the Festival! More than 20 different food vendors bring a huge variety of delicacies including snacks, sandwiches, candy, drinks, and dinners
The Oldtime Farming Festival is one of the few places these days where folks of all ages can compete in ciphering, bale tossing, watermelon seed-spitting, arm wrestling, oratory, nail driving, or just a friendly game of euchre.
Entertainment is ongoing throughout the weekend on two stages. For absolutely no charge, you can enjoy folksingers, quartets, cloggers, country bands, gospel singers, and much more.
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