Sunday, January 15, 2012

Midwest Farm Show

They came from the north and from the south, from the east and from across the Mississippi River to the west. Farm people mostly. Those who had spent their years tilling the land and were now taking it a little easy. Those younger and actively farming. Kids and grand kids. Lots of kids and grandkids; trying to crawl up on the huge tractors and sneaking a peek behind the curtains. All coming to LaCrosse, to the Midwest Farm Show, one of the first of the season.
The 34th annual Farm Show held January 11-12 at the beautiful LaCrosse Center on the banks of the Mississippi.

They came to kick the tires of giant tractors, see modern milking equipment, talk with the dealers and the salespeople, learn about new farm buildings, and chat with friends and neighbors. If they arrived on Wednesday, they basked in 57 degree temperatures; if they came on Thursday, they drove in a snowstorm with temperatures struggling to reach the high teens.

A goodly number gathered each day to hear me remind them of what farming was like in an earlier day, before electricity and indoor plumbing when we milked cows by hand and lighted the barn with a kerosene lantern, talked on a party-line telephone and listened to a battery-powered radio.

A couple of days of contrasts—old and new ways of farming, and warm, near spring like weather abruptly replaced with a January snowstorm.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Try not to get ahead of yourself. And never forget where you’ve been.

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February 10, Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison. 6-8 p.m.
Wisconsin Historical Society Press booth, signing copies of Garden Wisdom.

February 11. Janesville, noon luncheon speaker, FFA Alumni meeting.

February 12, Garden Expo, Alliant Center, Madison, 1-4 p.m. Wisconsin Historical Society Press booth, signing copies of Garden Wisdom.

March 6, 7:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble-West, Madison. Launch of Garden Wisdom.

March 9-11. Canoecopia, Madison. (Trade show for all things canoeing) Scheduled speaking time not yet determined.

March 24. Six p.m. Launch of Garden Wisdom book at Patterson Memorial Library Wild Rose. Details coming.

March 31-April 1. Morton Arboretum, Chicago area. Talk and workshop. Details coming.

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