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This fully restored Case Tractor was among the oldest at the event, built in 1920. It was one of the first gas powered tractors put on the market.

A view over the massive display of tractors featured at Antique Power Days on Saturday.

24th Annual Antique Power Days Underway At Marion County Fairgrounds

The 24th Annual Antique Power Days experienced one of its biggest days on Saturday. Saturday was home to the Toy Auction, the Antique Tractor Pull, the Pedal Tractor Pull for the younger aspiring farmers, and a huge display of antique tractors and lawnmowers dating back to the 1800's.

Several crafters also took part in the event, including Sherry Kiefner, a Chainsaw Sculptor from Indiana. Sherry has attended the event since she began chainsaw carving five years ago.  "I was a hand carver, so I was at a shop picking up supplies one weekend and picked up a book called the Art of Chainsaw Carving by Jessie Groshen.  So it got kinda got the thought in my head. A few weeks later I went ahead and bought a small Echo saw with a carving bar and started carving," said Kiefner.  "I haven't picked up knives or chivels since."

The event even drew exhibitors from all the way across the country. Steve Stocking is a Vermont based farmer who tours the midwest showing off an antique 1950's Silage Blower. "The main thing is we built this air cooled engine which is kind of unique. You need to break it in, so we needed something for it to do.  People like to see belts turning and see machines working, so we mounted it on this machine which didn't have an engine on it before. It was meant to have a tractor and a belt hooked up to it.  It just turns it at an idle," said Stocking. 

Antique engines were travelling all over the fairgrounds and showed off their mechanics in several hay bailing and other mechanical demonstrations.

Saturday's festivities ended with the Exhibitor Tractor Pull and the Parade of Power. Sunday's event runs until 4:00pm and features a morning church service, a Farm Toy Show, a lawn and garden tractor parade, and the parade of power at 2:30.

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