PENFIELD, Ill. — Plans are already gearing up for the 2021 Historic Farm Days.
The I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club board has scheduled the big event for Thursday to Sunday, July 8-11, 2021.
The organization was forced to cancel this year’s event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its related restrictions for large gatherings.
“Next year we will do a double-feature. We are going to feature Massey-Ferguson along with Minneapolis-Moline and B.F. Avery. This year it would have been Minneapolis-Moline and B.F. Avery and next year was to be Massey-Ferguson, so we’re going to have a double-feature,” said Chuck Stelter, I & I Club president.
The club will still hold its drawing for a Minneapolis-Moline G1000 Wheatland tractor.
The drawing will be held July 12 at 2 p.m. Only 300 tickets will be sold.
There are downloadable ticket forms on the event’s website at www.historicfarmdays.com, or contact one of the board members, including Stelter. Contact information is on the website.
The annual show draws thousands of visitors from Illinois, Indiana and other states.
History comes alive each year at Historic Farm Days that highlights farming equipment from yesteryear with demonstrations, exhibits, classic tractor parades and other activities.
Permanent displays at the former Penfield Grade School grounds feature a museum to preserve early ag technologies, one-room schoolhouse and cabin.
The I & I was formed near Alvin next to the Illinois-Indiana border — thus the I & I name — in 1976 and eventually made its home in Penfield.
The club’s goals included preservation of the farming methods of the past, preserving and restoring yesteryear’s equipment, holding an annual antique tractor and gas engine show and creating the Agriculture History Center at Penfield.
The first Historic Farm Days show was held in 1986 at a Champaign County forest preserve and moved to its permanent grounds in 1996.