Teardrop Trail Log: June 16, 2017
By this time, we’d had a full day. From touring the grounds and seeing the Hit-or-Miss engines to seeing the tractor patriarchs, we were about ready to stop. There was one more large building to investigate though — the Agriculture Building.
Built in 1905, it is a giant wood, steel and brick assembly that encloses an astonishing amount of space. Surrounding the main floor are elevated galleries reached by grand staircases at each end.
International Harvester memorabilia was the focus, but there was a white demonstrator tractor and a display of cream separators that were interesting. We were hoping for a ride in Octane’s golf cart back to the camp grounds so it was time to high-tail it to their booth.
We enjoyed stepping into the refrigerated air of the Varied Industries Building. I wanted to cruise the booths — especially the tool vendors, and Marilyn decided to hang with her friends at the Octane Press booth.
The vendors are always interesting, but I had the most fun watching the crowd. As I shot video of the place, I started noticing little vignettes all around me. A couple of friends looking at a tractor here, a father showing his son a truck there, a couple photographing the displays, a group of tractor enthusiasts rebuilding an old Model “H”. There were little stories all around me, and I began building a narrative in my imagination. They all came down to this: a sense of shared experience and community, families sharing fun and the timelessness of passing the torch from one generation to another.