I can officially say, that in my book at least, it's fall. I've been seeing lovely photos on my Instagram feed for a few weeks of fall decor, but for me, its not fall until after the Elnora Antique Tractor Show.
"What in the world is the Elnora Antique Tractor Show," you ask. It is a large, four-day event held by the White River Valley Antique Association at the Daviess County fairgrounds in southern Indiana and is the second largest antique show in the state. As the name suggests there are a lot of antique tractors, but don't worry, that's not all there is. If you love antiques and junkin' then you want to come here. There is booth after booth of antiques and handmade wears and furniture. Last year I bought an antique wooden folding chair and antique sieve for my tomato canning. This year I added some milk glass to my collection.
Not looking to buy anything? You can simply stroll through the Old Homestead area which features an old church, old schoolhouse and a working mill that makes cornmeal you can buy. Speaking of cornmeal, there are all kinds of food products made on site that you can take home with you. Pressed cider, homemade ice cream, homemade root beer, and sorghum made on site using horse power are just a few of the unique items offered at the event. There are also your typical fair/festival foods like elephant ears and pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.
This is absolutely a family friendly event. Your kids will love the animals, especially the miniature horses. One miniature horse is raffled off every year. However, I have yet to get my husband to let me buy a ticket. (Sigh.) Being a fairground, be prepared for a bit of dirt or mud depending on the weather. We pulled our kiddos in our trusty wagon because I didn't want my nice stroller getting muddy. However, I loved being able to match my girl in our Hunter wellies.
And when we were tired of walking, we bought a couple sandwiches and let L play on the playground equipment in the area right next to the festival.
Usually I go more than once during the four days because my parents have multiple stands set up, but due to the fire (read about that here) they weren't able to make it this year. It was so nice of people that saw me walking around to say how much they missed my parents' stands and hoped to see them next year. That's what I love about our small community.
Next September, if you are looking for a little bit of country to get you in the mood for fall, come on down to the Tractor Show!
(Oh my gosh! I just reread that last line...how much of a country bumpkin do I sound like? Hehe!)