This past weekend was the 10th annual Cedar Valley Memories steam engine show, held just a few miles west of Osage. The show just gets better every year. It was a beautiful day to be outside walking around, enjoying the displays and demonstrations.
I love that these machines and implements are being preserved along with the know-how to use and maintain them, thanks to the many volunteers who work on this year-round. One thought kept running through my mind the whole day – with peak oil right around the corner, who knows but that these skills may be called upon again some day.
One of the most impressive demonstrations was the plowing with this goliath Reeves engine.
It pulled the plow like it was a toy wagon. Each set of blades was individually manned by pulling up a lever to lower the blades and pushing down the lever to raise the blades.
It cut thru the soil like butter. (And beautiful, black Iowa soil it is, too.)
For some reason, this turned out to be one of my favorite pictures of the day.
‘Tis the season for steam engine shows. Zanne over at The Farmers Wife is reporting on one in Illinois.