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Fairgoers give antique equipment a whirl at Rural Heritage Fair

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — The machines on display at the Rural Heritage Fair over the weekend, from hulking old tractors to the simple antique engines that sputtered and puffed while they powered all manner of farm equipment, are the machines that built modern America, organizer Bud Cronin said.For the fair, The Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association, for the 23rd year, filled Alan Schurman’s “Iron Ranch” west of Ridgefield with old drag saws, steam- and gas-powered tractors and many hit-and-miss single-cylinder engines, which might have powered corn grinders, water pumps or generators before electricity was widely available.Mike Bjur is a member of the association and one of vendors. The show’s a great fit for him, he said. He sells antique mechanic tools, which have a steady market among antique equipment enthusiasts.“It’s really a family event,” he said. “It’s very often you’ll see three generations come to the Heritage Fair: You’ll see grandpa, mom or dad and then grandkids.”Kids get a kick out of grinding corn, using an old wringer-type washer to wash clothes or cranking the stump pullers: hand-powered winches where guests could crank away to move a massive log an inch at a time.last_img read more