This Saturday, massive, antique tractors from the Denver PTO Club will compete in barrel-pushing, something labeled as an "egg race" and a slow race where drivers idle their tractors and put them in a low gear --- just enough to keep moving --- and see who can make it to the end of the track the slowest without stalling.
It's all part of the 49th Annual Antique Acres Old Time Power Show, Friday through Sunday at 7610 Waverly Road. Festivities begin Friday at 7 a.m. with
threshing and horse demonstrations.
The three-day event, dedicated to the preservation and operation of antique machinery, will feature butter churning, spinning wheel and saw mill demos, as
well as a "Parade of Power" each day to showcase everything from garden tractors to steam engines.
"I love the parades. I have some tractors in them but I put my kids on them so I can watch everything go by," said Antique Acres show director Elwin Kaiser.
"It's really amazing."
The weekend will be filled with drawings for door prizes and tractor pulls for every variation of tractor, including a pedal pull for kids on Saturday afternoon.
"The tractor pulls are a big draw for us," Kaiser said. "We have the farmers pull and then the slightly modified ones on Sunday. They go ripping down the track."
Live music will be performed throughout the weekend by Marc Frana, the Cedar Valley Acoustic Guitar Association, Buck Hollow Band and Johnson Strings.
An old-fashioned revival church service will be offered at 10 a.m. Sunday at the stage area. Food, including breakfast, will be provided by Antique Acres and
Messiah Lutheran Church of Janesville.
Kaiser said people come from all over the country to showcase their machinery and see the antiques belonging to others.
"There's a lot of history there. Some farmers used to have 200 acres of land to farm with one-row-equipment and two teams of horses. Now we have 12- to 16-row stuff. It's amazing how we've developed things over the years," Kaiser said.
Kids will find more activities just for them at this year's show, with a tug-o-war competition, bean bag toss and "corn scramble."
"We mix money in with a bunch of corn and the little tykes have to dig through it and see who can get the most money," Kaiser said.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $7 per person each day or as a three-day pass for $14.
The exhibits, museums, performances and demonstrations at the Old Time Power Show aren't just a good history lesson, Kaiser said, but a great way to have fun the old-fashioned way: out in the fresh air with family and friends.
"Just seeing how people used to sew, farm and cook in the kitchen is great. Those are arts that are long gone."