Pulling for farms
Steven Staples shovels corn into a box on a corn sheller. Wyatt Staples feeds it into a chute. A hit-and-miss engine provides the power. Steven said his equipment is in pieces but "We're all friends here" so he was demonstrating someone else's equipment.
The Olde Tyme Farm Equipment Association antique farm equipment, gas engine and tractor show was held recently at the West End Fairgrounds.
Vice President Dennis Borger, one of the founding members, said people in the West End of Monroe County had been talking about hosting a local show when they attended a tractor pull at the fairgrounds.
Bill Gethen said if anybody was interested in starting a show they could meet in his garage. From that lowly start in 1995 the club now has over 400 members.
The idea is to preserve farming and to "preserve, restore and educate people about antique farm equipment, implements and toys."
There were truck, tractor and pedal tractor pulls showcased during the show.
Regualr meetings take place the second Thursday of each month at the West End Fire Hall in Brodheadsville, Route 715. They begin at 7:30 p.m. Just show up - newcomers are always welcome.
The club holds its annual show, tractor pulls and a benefit pull at the end of the year.
For information check www.poconooldtyme.org.