What an outstanding 2015 Farm Show! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, the crowds could not have been better and everyone enjoyed a great weekend at Carstens Farm.
A lot of people started out their day with breakfast at the Farm. While the morning air was pretty crisp, it sure made the pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee taste even better. A great breakfast and sitting around and visiting with your neighbors and friends you haven't seen in a while, well, that's what you call a great way to start the day.
Wandering around the Farm brought you to many things of the past. You might have...
watched the threshing crew thresh the wheat that was grown on the Farm.
watched the crew at the sawmill run the logs and planks through the saw.
found out how the pedal power tools worked.
discovered how a blacksmith was essential to the Farm for repairs to machinery on the Farm.
watched the plowing and combining displays.
observed how people used to utilize a loom to make a rug or how a spinning wheel was used.
watched a broommaker make a broom or found out how rope was made.
There is always so many things to do and see at Farm Days.
Thanks to Jen Towle for sharing her pictures in the slideshow to the left.
Jen's dad, Bob Scott, and her brother, Lance Scott, both are active at Carstens Farm with projects and during Carstens Farm Days.
Of course, all of this wandering around ...
makes you hungry, so
you eventually work your way over
to the food.
There, you find everything from hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, chips, sweet potato fries, icees, funnel cakes, pies, bars, ice tea, coffee, pop, cotton candy....
Oh! and don't forget the homemade ice cream!
Then there's the pork sandwich dinner on Friday night and the Staley's Chicken on Saturday night.
Needless to say, no one walked away hungry!
And then its time to check out the vendors. This year, we had 55 vendors who had just about anything you'd want to find.
We had jewelry, plants, jams, breads, food items, bird houses, antiques, collectibles, glasswares, doilies, candles, crocheted items, quilt items, toys, wood crafts, tractor and machinery manuals, tractor items ... the list could go on and on.
One new feature this year was Jimmy Connolly Chainsaw Carvings. It was fun to see him start out with a log and find out what he would create .... a bear, an eagle, maybe a fish. We hope to see Jimmy again next year!
Many thanks to Josie Hamilton for coming to spend the weekend with Grandpa and Grandma...for all the laughs... and for all the pictures on this page (except for Jen Towle's slideshow)!