| January/February 1979

Box 111, Davis Junction, Illinois 61020

Cutting and binding golden grain with a horse powered binder was a first during the 1978 show at Hedtke's Hickory-Oaks Farm. Seen here is Walter Skaar with his Belgian horses hitched to the 10' grain binder after he demonstrated to the crowd of spectators how it used to be done in olden days. The overflow of the crowd on Saturday and Sunday caused car parking to take place among the shocked grain. Walter is a good horseman, however, and never scraped any fenders when driving between cars and the shocks to do another round of cutting and binding.

Another first at Hedtke's Hickory-Oaks Farm during 1978 show was an antique tractor pulling contest, Friday evening. This included all makes of tractors built before 1940 on steel or rubber. Norman Wills and his family headed this fine contest which lasted nearly four hours. Hedtke's show grounds are flood-lighted throughout the machinery area. Numerous tractor owners entered this pulling contest which drew a large crowd. Trophies and ribbons were awarded to the winners of the five classes.

Davis Junction, Illinois: Steaming and dreaming is a great pleasure at Davis Junction, that is if you can keep up with the age and the pace now days, says George W. Hedtke, President, of North Central Illinois Steam Power Show and the owner of Hickory-Oaks Farm. It's a lot of work, but it also is a lot of fun to plow with steam engines, draft horses and mules, and to do steam and horse power threshing. It is something the general public likes to see year by year, knowing their forefathers worked in the agricultural fields that way years ago and made a living for their family. They come because they care.

The 1978 show at Hickory-Oaks Farm certainly drew a big crowd daily and was a great success. Weather was ideal with four beautiful days of sunshine. Visitors registered from California, Oklahoma, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Massachusetts, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Mexico, and of course numerous from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Numerous campers and tourists in mobile homes spent the weekend at Hickory-Oaks Farm.

Two firsts were held at Hickory-Oaks Farm during the 1978 show. On Friday evening, August 4, an antique tractor pulling contest was held for all makes of tractors built prior to 1940 on steel or rubber. The new attraction drew a large crowd and participants. Several trophies and ribbons were awarded to winners of the five pulling classes. The other first at Hickory-Oaks Farm during show time, was the cutting and binding of oat grain with a horse-powered binder, using four draft horses daily for the field demonstration. A large crowd gathered in the field to see this done. Those with cameras found themselves busy taking pictures of the horse-drawn binder. Others watched with great interest as not very often this is seen at show time or any other time. The five acres of bound grain is reserved by Hedtke for one of the added features during 1979, perhaps to be held in June as a threshing day.