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Antique Club provides yesteryear experience

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 3:43 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 4:19 p.m. CST
Max Armstrong

DOVER — Bureau County area residents will have the chance to step back into time to experience how their ancestors handled their farming chores, cooking and housework when the Bureau Valley Antique Club hosts its annual spring preview.

This year’s traditional event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the rural Dover farm of Harold and the late Margie Steele.

Special guest Max Armstrong is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. to the assembled crowd. Armstrong hosts the syndicated programs “Farm Progress America” and “Max Armstrong’s Midwest Digest.” He can also be seen on “This Week in Agribusiness” on television.

In addition to Armstrong’s presentation, this year’s spring preview will also include, as always, a wide variety of displays and demonstrations. Event-goers can watch loom weaving, rope making, treadle-powered wood cutting, butter churning, blacksmithing, sheep sheering, stone grinding of corn and wheat, old-fashion broom making, wood sawing, plus more. There will be a dog powered treadle used for a clothes washing demonstration, plus a horse powered treadle used for a corn shelling demonstration. Antique tractors, cars and motorcycles will also be on display, as well as a covered wagon.

There is no gate fee to attend the event. A lunchstand and sitting areas will be available. Live music will be provided throughout the day as well.

For more information on the event, people can contact Ray Forrer at 815-824-6810, Harold Steele at 815-643-2244 or the BVAC Show at 708-828-5984.

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