Photo credit: Jennifer Hammerberg and Patrice Johnson, Directors, Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation (SAEF)
A warm autumn breeze and heart-lifting live music filled the Town Square as friends and neighbors gathered over the weekend to celebrate the sixth annual Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Village of Stockbridge in concert with Gregory, Munith, Bunkerhill, Fitchburg and Unadilla.
In full swing Friday afternoon and Sunday, booths loaded with handmade crafts, business offerings, farm produce and public services were on hand for all to browse. A wheeled Hit and Miss engine stood on display on the southeast corner in front of the old Baptist church. Hit and Miss engines provided the agricultural industry with much-needed access to mobile power prior to the invention of the electric motor.
Late Friday afternoon a parade of locally-owned antique tractors roared and putt-putted around the square in apt celebration of the festival’s theme, “The Fruits and Labor of Our Community.”
Local farmers and aficionados–members of the antique tractor club, the Heart of Michigan–showcased red, green, yellow and orange engineering marvels from days gone by. More than fifteen meticulously restored farm vehicles bore manufacturers’ brands that included Allis Chalmers, John Deere, Black Hawk and International Harvester, to name a few.