2008-08-21 / Happenings

Wellington Park to host tractor, farm equipment show

Wellington Farm, USA, will host is annual Tractor and Farm Equipment Show this weekend at its park near Higgins Lake.

Activities start tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 4 p.m. when tractors will parade from Wellington Farm to a restaurant in Grayling for a traditional farm supper. Any tractor owner who would like to participate in the ride is invited and should call the park ((888) 653-3276 to register.

On Saturday and Sunday, gates will open at 10 a.m. each day. Activities include threshing, baling with a turn of the century baler, tractor games, food concessions and an operating Clover Huller, quite possibly the only one in the state of Michigan. The sawmill will be in operation as will be the Blacksmith Shop and the Grist Mill. Both the sawmill and some of the threshers will be powered by steam engines.

Tractors may register for the show beginning at 10 a.m. today (Thursday). Anyone with a tractor, big or small, old or new, running or not, is invited to bring it to the event. Free primitive camping is available for anyone wishing to stay for the weekend.

Old gasoline or steam engines and any old farm equipment will be provided a space free of charge at the 60- acre living history museum. Area crafters are also invited to come and participate with no charge for set-up providing they demonstrate their craft throughout the duration of the show. Flea market and swap meet vendors will be asked to pay a small fee for booth space.

The farm also has a General Store which is stocked with produce items, jams and jellies, gift items, tee shirts and hats. Fresh farm baked pies and cinnamon rolls arrive every Friday morning and are offered for sale until they are gone.

For information, call (888) 653-3276 or visit www.wellingtonfarmpark. org. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Wellington Farm, USA is at 6940 South Military Road between Higgins Lake and Camp Grayling, accessed US-127, I-75 and M- 72. Wellington Farm, USA, is owned and operated by Wellington Farm Park, Inc., a non-profit corporation.

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