Visiting Old Farm Equipment Shows and Expos

Old Farm Equipment Show at William's GroveEvery year when the vintage car shows and/or farm equipment shows roll around, the family gets together for a visit. I think it’s fun to expose children to what things looked like back in the good old days, so that they can see with their own eyes how far we’ve come.

Back in the early Fall we took our two grandchildren to a local old Farm Equipment Show and had a great time! The kids got to see old tractors, lawn mowers and other items that used to be on farms from the 1940’s thru the 1990’s.

Old Farm Equipment Show at William's Grove

What’s really cool is that they have some of the tractors and lawn mowers set up so that the kids can climb all over them and sit in the driver’s seats. They also offer up tractor rides, lawn mower rides and the tractor-pulled hayride is a lot of fun too!

Old Farm Equipment Show at William's Grove

Pennsylvania is a big farming state! Once you are out of our major cities, you’ll see hundreds upon hundreds of miles of farms! Some of these farms are more modern and other’s are Amish farms that still don’t use electricity or modern machinery at all.

Old Farm Equipment Show at William's Grove

This particular expo was held at William’s Grove in Dillsburg Pennsylvania, near Mechanicsburg. Admission was free, but you did have to pay a few dollars if you wanted to participate in some of the activities or if you wanted a ride on their vintage steam engine train.  They also had food vendor trucks (about 15 of them) set up on the property and a large flea market going on, so there was something to do for everyone who visited.

We had such a great time at this one, we’re already planning to attend the spring show and the fall show in 2017. Do any of you enjoy attending local expos and shows like this?

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  1. gloria patterson says:

    In their younger days my brothers always had their calendars marked to go to the PA Farm show. The wife’s enjoyed parts of the show. I never got to go with them but they talked about the shows for months afterwards.

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have never gone to one of these shows, but I do admit that it sounds like something I would enjoy doing. I like that there are also rides on the machines, vendors and a flea market . There is something for every member of the family.

  3. My husband and I go to a number of the classic car shows. We also have whats called the 4th st cruise and that is all classics. Hubby has his old car, a 655 Le Mans (cousin to the GTO) and loves it. We also have huge farm shows, I am in Iowa after all ha! There is one that sounds a whole lot like the one you have. There are also farm expose, as we have 3 John Deere plants here in town.

  4. Tamra Phelps says:

    I have several family members who would love seeing this (they are farmers.) Some are strictly Ford or strictly John Deere or whatever, lol, but they would all enjoy this.

  5. Yep, my home state of Ohio is big on farming too. My grandfather was a farmer and we lived out in the country across from a modern farm, but down the road were many Amish farms. We had tractor-pulled hay rides in the sixties and seventies too. I love the pink John Deere!

  6. Cathy Jarolin says:

    That sounds like so much Fun! I love looking at old vintage cars, tractors, trains etc. And to be able to actually get to ride on some of them, Awesome. Lol! The Grandchildren would have a Ball! I really loved the Pink Tractor. Pa. looks like a very pretty state, They sure seem to have alot of things to do and see..