Our Farm Technology Days 2017

Wisconsin State Farmer
Bob with his favorite truck at Farm Technology Days in Algoma.

Bob and I had been looking forward to our two days at Farm Technology Days for months. We made arrangements with Bob’s sister to take Sunny our dog out while we were gone each day. Our tall chairs and a collection of my books were packed into the car for our adventure. We were all set to meet readers.

Like most farmers (and everyone associated with this event), we kept our eyes and ears tuned into weather reports. To our dismay rain was predicted for day two of the event. All we could do was cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Tuesday was a perfect day. Lucky for us the Wisconsin State Farmer booth was at the south end of an aisle in tent A. This gave us a breeze when temperatures rose - we were also right next to the antique machinery display which was one of Bob’s favorite places to roam.

People from all over Wisconsin and beyond stopped by to say hello. Besides readers from the area, Bob and I talked to people from Michigan and Illinois. At the end of the day we arrived home tired from all the talking and laughs we shared - seems there are a lot of men out there just like Bob. (My husband can’t believe a person can get so tired just visiting.)

Weather was not as favorable the following day. We got up to a downpour on Wednesday. Still, we packed back up and headed toward Algoma - following dark clouds as the weather system moved east.

Entrance into the grounds was a bit of a challenge the second day. I set our car into four-wheel drive and charged through the entrance. We fishtailed in the mud, but kept going. Eventually we arrived at the designated parking area and hopped a tractor-pulled wagon.

Everyone was in the same mess, but you know what, people riding our tram were laughing. A bit of mud added to our adventure, but the show was still going on - the rest of the day was grand. The soil/gravel composition of the area soaked up much of the rain, and because of a lot of work from the crew, exiting that afternoon was a breeze. The driveways had been plowed clear for all who had ventured to the show.

I heard no complaints. Visitors/farmers know that weather happens and we can’t stop the rain from falling. We laughed again as we compared notes about getting to the show with others. Our farm had an inch and a half of rain; north of us in Bonduel another reported three inches. I don’t know what the show got.

By the afternoon visitors were looking hot and tired. Many enjoyed the breeze entering our tent as they stopped to talk. One man chewed the fat with us and then looked over his shoulder. “Have you seen my wife?” he asked. I laughed and suggested she had gone off with another group. He smiled. “I’m looking for that group, too.” Other families seemed to be looking for children or Grandpa. I always assumed that Grandpa wandered out to see the old machinery.

From our vantage point, we had a good view of vintage trucks. Bob liked them all, but especially one, that being a 1947 GMC cab over engine, four ton truck. He drifted out of the tent numerous times to get a better look at it.

“I’d need a ladder to get into that truck,” Bob said. “The steps are all too high for me.” He laughed but he continued to admire it all the same.

All in all our days at Farm Technology Days were great. We visited with many people, and sold a few books. I especially like to hear that people enjoy my little stories. It makes writing the next one a little easier after good words are spoken. Thank you, kind readers. See you next year at the 2018 Farm Technology Days.

Susan Manzke, Sunnybook Farm, N8646 Miller Rd, Seymour, WI 54165; sunnybook@aol.com