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Harvest Festival tractor 100 years old

Advance - Rumely Steam Engine stands test of time

Crowds at the Corning Harvest Festival for the past 33 years have watched as Louis Ahrent would fire up his 1919 Advance - Rumely #14923 as a part of rice threshing demonstrations. The 100 year old piece of equipment was built to last and this year marks its 100th birthday. Ahrent said he bought the steam engine in Indiana a couple years before the first Harvest Festival in Corning. “My brother-in-law heard about it. He carried me up there and showed it to me.” Through the years, Louis has used it to thresh wheat and oats and to run a sawmill owned by his late brother, Martin as well.

 

 

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