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A lesson on old-fashioned farming at the Adams County fair

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Workers demonstrate threshing at the Adams County Fair. Workers demonstrate threshing at the Adams County Fair.
Workers use large pieces of machinery for the demonstration. Workers use large pieces of machinery for the demonstration.
ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Fairgoers got to step back in time during a demonstration of farming history at the Adams County Fair Monday.

Workers demonstrated how farmers processed wheat back in the 1900's. It was a much more tedious task without modern equipment. Demonstrators say it used to take about three days to bind and thresh wheat, which is to separate the edible part the grain from the inedible chaff.

Thresher Demonstrator Paul Woodworth said farmers can now do this much faster with a combine, but he was happy to show how they did it in the old days.

"We go out and cut the wheat with a binder in June and put it on wagons and let it dry," he said. "Then we come in here and thresh it like they used to do it."

Woodworth said the demonstration is a great way to bring history to young people.

"Back here in the old time group, we thresh and make rope and shell corn and do stuff the old way for the younger generation to see it," he said.

You can visit the Adams County Fair website for a full list of fair events.

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