Play Day

Members of the Wheat Heritage and Engine Threshing Co. were at it again Saturday, this time taking their vintage combines into a wheat field near Goessel’s museum grounds. In the top photo, Brendon Nafziger, rural Canton, harvests with a 1956 Allis-Chalmers Model 60 combine pulled by his 1950 John Deere D. At left, Russ Hamm cuts a 6-foot swath with his 1961 McCormick Model 91 self-propelled combine. This threshing machine was actually made at a factory in Canada that manufactured swathers, and has a rear-wheel steering system like swathers do. In the lower left photo, Hamm watches as Travis Robinson unloads a binful into a vintage grain wagon. These men were joined for their annual “play day” by other members of WHEAT, who also use the day to spruce up the grounds in preparation for Goessel Threshing Days, Aug. 4-6.

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