| November/December 1986

425 Shuford Circle Drive Newton, North Carolina 28658.

The most extraordinary 'Early Farm Days' show we've attended was staged this past June near New ton, North Carolina. It was an engine show on a horse farm! To us who are old steam buffs, the combination of steam engines and horses is a natural. We delight in our recollections of horses pulling wagonloads of shocked grain to a threshing machine while a steam traction engine reaches out to that thresher with its long flowing belt that turns that mysterious machine into a throbbing monster that separates seeds from the stems they grew on. Working together, men, engine and horses convert a field of grain shocks into bags of seeds and a pile of straw.

Or, near the base of a tall silo, the same men and engine and horses convert a field of corn shocks into a silo full of ensilage. (Today's kids will never know both the joys and hazards of stomping down fresh-cut cornstalk missiles as they come screaming down from above inside a slowly filling silo with its inside air so thick with dust that the stompers must wear bandanas over their faces and hats to cover their ears.)

Sigmon's handsome Belgians provide a spectacular additional dimension to Windmill Acres' annual shows.

Edd Sigmon's restored Lansing 4-wheel drive steam traction engine the only one of its kind: 24 HP, built before 1898.

In the long contest between steam engines and horses, who can say that either is the winner? Or ever will be?