“It was great day for everyone,” Mike McDougal said after the 2019 Old Time Plow Days program closed at the park on Highway S in the town of Polar Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Northwoods Tractor Club.
“The weather certainly cooperated,” he stressed, and so did the people who wanted to break into outdoor activities after a dreary and wet week.
There were a number of antique tractors, some likely looking better than the day they were manufactured, lining the entrance to the park leading to the pavilion and the area where vendors, raffles, food, music and even a few refreshments were available.
“The petting zoo was a big hit,” McDougal said, explaining that this year's show included a baby kangaroo, albino wallaby, a fat skunk and pigmy goats.
“The kids were having a great time,” he added.
There were a lot of people involved with putting on the big show, including the men and women from Rural Fire Control, who prepared the food, all of the vendors who McDougal suggested were having a busy day, and those with the farm machinery out for a day in the sun.
McDougal said the people who came with their antique machinery to plow did nearly 40 acres this year, an excellent number considering weather conditions during the past several weeks.
One of the machines operating, and doing it very dramatically, was a threshing machine from the Wahleitner farm at White Lake. It works quite nicely, after decades and decades.
Members of the Fronek family knew what they were doing operating an antique threshing machine Saturday.
During the afternoon hours the Quarry Road Band entertained in the pavilion.
Profits from the entire day are going to a fund for a permanent tractor museum for the Northwoods organization.