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Old-Time Harvest

  • Blue Mountain Land Trust 290 Foster Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

In the spring of 1919, a farm equipment exposition on Russell Creek Road attracted over 15,000 people from across the nation, most traveling by train, to the three-day event. At a time when agriculture was transitioning from horse-drawn to combustion-engine farm machinery, thousands of farmers and their families throughout the Northwest were anxious to view the latest innovations in modern farming. Come learn about the ag expo and see vintage farm equipment in action, just like in the old days at McKinney Farms.

Our hosts, Robert, Brandon and Bret McKinney and Sabrina Clinehens will share the history of the wheat harvesters as they transitioned from horse-drawn harvesters to self-propelled combines, to the computerized behemoths they are today. Guests will also see five restored vintage combines, followed by a presentation on the 1919 Expo by Sabrina. Climb onto the operator’s platform of a John Deere, if you like.

Next, we’ll view a rare demonstration of harvesting wheat using a vintage binder and stationary thresher. 

After, in the cool shade along Russell Creek, enjoy a sack lunch while listening to stories of old-time harvests told by local farm folks and their descendants. You’d be remiss to miss this farm day event!

This event is made possible by the generous support of Packaging Corp of America.

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