Growing Potatoes took long days, sweat and steel
Whether an old timer who actually remembers farming with some of this machinery or a kid who marvels at how the equipment works, no one will want to miss the Antique Potato Equipment Displays being held during the Potato Days Festival.
A variety of equipment, spanning several decades, will be showcased on Friday and Saturday in front of the old Layton Potato Wash Plant, located on Highway 9 south, across from McGrath Park. Much of the equipment on display is between 80 and 100 years old.
Included in the collection is an old potato planter, walking potato plow, potato digger, and a Red River Potato Duster which was manufactured in Sabin, Minnesota in the early 1890's.
The oldest piece is a unique potato sorter made out of rods. Six area farmers own the majority of the equipment, with many of the pieces on display having been refurbished by the late Lawrence Kava of Barnesville.