Glimpse of the past with “Threshing Days”

FOREST CITY, Iowa – Technology is a big part of the new-age farm world but one north Iowa community is taking a look back today.

The “Threshing Show” in Forest City combines the best of the past and the present when it comes to farm equipment.

People from all over come can get a glimpse at how farms functioned without the use of electricity or even running water.

It’s a history lesson that organizers say can help us appreciate the luxuries we have in our lives today.

“Our objective has always been to keep our history, and all the old equipment and tools. We want to entertain and educate people and of course we want to help local tourism. It works pretty well,” said Jim Oulman, Event Co-Chair with Threshing Days.

Events continue all weekend including a show for children on Saturday, which looks at how schools ran back in the 1890’s.

“What’s really important here is to try to save things and show people how hard people worked and what they did. How they lived, how they were educated. So it’s really interesting. For instance this morning we had about 200 children here from different schools. For them it’s the first time,” said Oulman.

Case is the featured brand for the 2013 show, and the Northland Case Collectors Club will participate. The club meets in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, and comprises Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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