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Luke McKee tries out a corn shelling machine at Sassafras Hill Farm during the Heart of Ohio Tour.
Luke McKee tries out a corn shelling machine at Sassafras Hill Farm during the Heart of Ohio Tour. (Photo by Pamela Schehl) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
October 8, 2012 11:52 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — In spite of sporadic showers and intermittent sunshine, Sunday’s edition of the 2012 Heart of Ohio Tour saw a sparse, but steady, stream of participants. Better weather on Saturday brought out well over 300 “tourists.”

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The tour began at the Knox County Agricultural Museum, where visitors saw antique farm machinery and implements as well as weaving demonstrations and interesting outbuildings. The News found one family engrossed in an explanation of how a real old washing machine worked — with no indoor plumbing — and discovered that Ben Dodson, 4, of Homer, “really, really” liked the Farmall F-30 tractor on display. He returned to it at least four times.

Tour participants, Jaden Robinson, 11, of Howard, for one, found the medical equipment at the Hillside Vet Clinic fascinating and enjoyed hearing all about veterinary medicine. For many of the youngsters like Jaden, though, the animals on site were the main attraction.

Lanning’s Food, Stop 3, provided typical fall treats, such as apple juice/cider and cookies, and many tour participants took the opportunity to stock up on locally-grown produce.

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