The Stettler Antique Tractor Club put on their annual “Threshing Demo” on Sat. Oct. 7. From the left, Liam Dechaine, Evan McAdam and Justin Hankins pitch bundles into the threshing machine. ECA Review/Submitted
In a field just west of Stettler, on the south side of Highway 12 the Stettler Antique Tractor club put on their annual “Threshing Demo” on Sat. Oct. 7.
Despite a cold, overcast and very windy afternoon, people from Stettler and the surrounding area came out to watch as volunteers demonstrated the equipment used to harvest crops in the not so distant past.
Modern farming methods may have replaced the out-dated equipment but there is still interest in reliving a bit of history and seeing old time machines in action.
Spectators watched as a team of horses pulling a wagon delivered bundles to the McCormick-Deering thresher where volunteers loaded up the machine.
The main attraction of the afternoon was the “Little Giant”, an 1887 hand-fed threshing machine powered by a 10 horsepower, hit and miss 1912 International Harvester gasoline engine.
One of only three known in North America, the “Little Giant” with a threshing capacity up to 20 bushels per hour, was restored to operating condition in 2014 and originally powered by horse treadmill.
The icy winds kept most of the onlookers in their vehicles, with only a brave few venturing out to get close up views or take pictures.
ECA Review Reporter