An added attraction at this year’s Historic Farm Days in Penfield is a twilight tractor drive. The drive rolls along rural areas north of Penfield.
The annual show opens today (Thursday) and runs through Sunday in Champaign County.
The tractor drive will depart the grounds of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club at 6 p.m. and return prior to nightfall.
I&I official John Fredrickson told 94.1 WGFA listeners the tractor drive is a popular attraction at the biennial Half Century of Progress Show in Rantoul, which is also sponsored by the club.
"One of the members suggested it," Fredrickson said. "We really don't have any entertainment on Thursday night. We thought it would be a fun idea.”
This year's show will feature Oliver, Hart Parr, White and Cockshutt farm-equipment lines.
An Oliver 1950T tractor will be raffled.
"All antique tractors and vehicles are welcome" for display, Fredrickson said.
Daily activities will include corn crib filling and shelling, thrashing, saw-mill demonstrations, plus potato digging and wheat harvesting, weather permitting.
There will be a tractor parade in front of the grandstand and demonstrations in the blacksmith shop daily.
The church on the I&I grounds will be open. There will also be a lawn and garden tractor display and a truck display.
Marvin Lee and the Logan Kirby country music show is featured Friday. It’s at 6 pm on the stage. Wes Wheeler and the Battle Creek Band perform on stage at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday night features include an ITPA-sanctioned tractor pull followed by fireworks and a steam-engine sparks show.