Celebrating Hay Tools

Collectors gather for the first-ever Hay Tool Swap Meet and Show.

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Cedar Rapids artist Genevieve Grenhaw hand-painted lettering on trolleys and other pieces during the show. Steve doesn’t think restoration affects hay trolley values. But a comprehensive restoration – sandblasting, reassembly, elaborate paint jobs – can be spendy. “If you do it, it’d better be because you love it,” he says, speaking with the voice of experience.