Sheaves of wheat were cut and stacked last week in preparation for the Dickson-Murst Day at the Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The wheat will be part of a demonstration of a 1908 steam-driven threshing machine.
Friends of the Farm musicians provide live music that adds to the atmosphere of the event. For the kids there will be a variety of activities including pony rides for a nominal price, and the farm-friendly play area with a “corn” box and a “practice your milking technique” plywood cow. Other activities scheduled for the one-day event include the famous wagon-rides pulled by antique tractors.
There will be corn shelling demonstrations, operating gas engines and if the 1940s era machines are too modern for you, there will be hand corn shellers to try out. A restored line shaft is set up in the machine shed demonstrating the peak of technology for the early 20th century. Take time to explore the 1910 barn and talk to the variety of demonstrators who bring their hobbies to display at the farm.
This free event, focused on farms and family, is sponsored by the Dickson-Murst Partners and The Conservation Foundation and will be held rain or shine. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Stop at the Country Kitchen for an affordable lunch or snack. Sales from the food booth go directly to the upkeep of the buildings on the site. Last year’s project was painting the huge century-old barn.
Dickson-Murst Farm is owned by The Conservation Foundation, who will offer ecological rain barrels and information on water conservation. The farm is on the southwest side of Montgomery at 2550 Dickson Road. For more information on the event and directions, call 630-272-0686.