CENTERBURG — The hot and dry summer of 2012 has been anything but kind to farmers, but the weather could not have been better for the 20th Annual Oldtime Farming Festival here over the weekend. Sunshine prevailed, and gardeners proved they could grow remarkable specimens even in challenging conditions.
There was something for everyone at the family-friendly event, but make no mistake, agriculture is king at this festival. The theme of “Agriculture, The Heart of it All,” could not have been more apt for a village located at the geographic center of the state that bills itself as the Heart of Ohio.
All fairs and festivals tend to be colorful, and this was no exception. The array of tractors and farm machinery on hand was enough to provoke sensory overload. Scores of machines ranged from garden tractors to a massive, 12-ton steam traction engine built by Massillon’s Russell and Company in 1917, and just about everything in between. Some of the tractors took part in the Saturday morning parade through downtown to the festival site at Memorial Park, and there was also a Sunday afternoon lap around the park.
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