Plow Days showcases nostalgia|
|The venerable Sheppard Diesel, a workhorse of a machine that helped shape the northwoods agricultural scene for decades, will be featured when the Northwoods Tractor Club hosts its third annual Old Time Plow Days on Sunday.|
The event will be hosted by Wally and Barb Igl at Golden Arch Farm, located five miles northwest of Antigo at the corner of Angle Road and County Road I.
Dale Fronek will bring his restored 1952 Sheppard SD-3, purchased new by his father, Robert, in 1952.
“He thought diesel was going to be a good thing, and actually became a dealer for Sheppard,” Fronek said.
There were 1,200 of the three-cylinder diesels manufactured and they were the workhorses of their day, he said.
“My dad used it to run the blower for silos and also for planting and general farm work,” Fronek said.
The tractor was on its second engine when Fronek, an old tractor buff, rescued it from a back machine shed and restored it to its 62-year-old glory.
“I like the old equipment, the machines and the tractors,” Fronek said, explaining that he has been collecting equipment for four decades. “When I learned to drive tractors, that’s when I started having an interest in collecting.”
Plow Days will offer a bit of old-fashioned nostalgia plus plenty of new-fangled fun.
There will be a display of old machinery, including the fascinating one-cylinder gasoline engines along with Fronek’s Sheppard and many other models.
At 10:30 a.m. a horsepower dynamometer demo is planned and then all the old tractors will line up for a parade at 12:30 p.m.
The afternoon will include a crosscut sawing competition, live music by Gary’s Basement Band from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., a chainsaw wood carver, children’s activities, food and refreshments.
A plowing demonstration is tentatively planned for 9:30 a.m., depending on field conditions.
Free-will donations would be appreciated. Bring a lawn chair for a day of fun and history.
Fronek said the day will be a salute to the machinery that brought agriculture to the northwoods.
“They are simple, and easy to work on and understand,” he said of the nostalgic equipment. “People like to see these tractors in action. They are part of our history.”
Dale Fronek with his restored Sheppard diesel, which will be featured at Sunday’s Old Time Plow Days.
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