Antique binder put to work in preparation for Essex County Steam & Gas Engine show

 

Morris Kurzuk sits atop a binder from the 1930's. Wheat was taken off with the binder with the bundles to be used for the threshing machine, which is part of the Aug. 8-10 Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Show at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Morris Kurzuk sits atop a binder from the 1930’s. Wheat was taken off with the binder with the bundles to be used for the threshing machine, which is part of the Aug. 8-10 Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Show at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Volunteers with the Essex Steam and Gas Engine Museum use a roughly 80-year-old binder to take off wheat in preparation for this weekend’s show.

Volunteers with the Essex Steam and Gas Engine Museum use a roughly 80-year-old binder to take off wheat in preparation for this weekend’s show.

By Ron Giofu

 

Members of the Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum helped get ready for their annual show the old fashioned way last Friday.

A group of about ten members were at Tony Simon’s farm on Middle Side Road where they took two acres of wheat off of a field with a Massey Harris binder. Museum vice president Morris Kurzuk, an Amherstburg resident, said the binder belongs to the museum and dates back to the 1930’s.

“We use the bundles for the threshing machine (during the show),” he said.

The threshing machine will be used twice daily during the three-day show, which runs from Friday through Sunday at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Kurzuk said he owned the binder at one point but donated it to the club because he already had a binder. He said it has a width of five feet whereas modern combines take off 40-feet of wheat at a time. Taking off the wheat with the binder was also an outing for club members, he added.

“It’s a get-together for the club,” he said.

Kurzuk recalled using a binder as a youth and said at one point, the binder would be drawn by horses before tractors were utilized.

“I’ll be 79 on the 13th,” he said. “It’s all fun. (Using the binder) makes me feel young. I rode one when I was 14, 15, 16.”

Admission to the show is $6 for adults with seniors being half-price on Friday. Children 6-12 can enter for $2 with children under six being free. A three-day pass is $12.

Steam and gas engine displays, a flea market, crafts, a bake sale, a bean pot, souvenirs, an antique tractor pull, stage shows, saw mill, kite flying demonstrations are among the attractions at the show this year. A tractor balancing competition is new this year while antique cars will also be on display Saturday and Sunday.

The annual parade is Saturday at 9 a.m. leaving from St. Clement’s Church and proceeding to Co-An Park.

For more information, visit www.essexsteamandgasengine.com.

 

 

 

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