17th Annual Old Roxbury Days

Steam Powered Buhr Mill

Alden Hurlbut of Roxbury, Connecticut sets up his steam powered buhr mill early Saturday morning.

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52A S. Main Street New Milford, Connecticut 06776

The week leading up to the 17th annual Old Roxbury Days in Roxbury, Connecticut was a trying time for the Roxbury Historical Society and the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department. Everyone either worked in the hot summer heat or in the pouring rain.

When the weekend came it was still hot, but the sun was shining and over 5,000 spectators attended the show, which has come to be known as the largest antique tractor show in Connecticut.

A total of 59 tractors were on display this year. Seventeen different makes of tractors were represented. This list included: Allis-Chalmers, Case, Caterpillar, Economy, Farmall, Ford, Fordson, Garden Master, Hebard, Huber, John Deere, Massey-Ferguson, Massey-Harris, McCormick-Deering, Oliver, Silver King, and Twin City. Of the 17 different makes represented, the John Deeres were the most popular, as 22 of the two cylinder models were on display. The oldest tractor in attendance was a 1919 12-20 Twin City owned by the Current family of Watertown, Connecticut.

The tractors provided power for the shingle mill, wood planer, cord-wood saw, ensilage cutter, and hay press. The drivers of the tractors also tried their skills in the slow races, no-can-see course, and egg cracking contest.

All the smooth steel wheel, hard rubber, and pneumatic tire equipped tractors participated in the Sunday afternoon tractor parade to the center of town. Forty-five tractors participated in the parade, led by Roger Nelson of Roxbury on his 1925 15-30 McCormick-Deering.

Several gas engines performed for the crowd of interested spectators, each one making its own special sound as they pumped water, cut and split wood, shelled and ground corn, and threshed bundles of rye.

Several teams of draft horses pulled wagons that carried visitors up and down South Street to other activities at Old Roxbury Days. These activities included the flea market, antique car and truck show, a country store, arts and crafts displays, and a petting zoo with farm animals.

Over 800 people enjoyed the chicken barbeque dinner Saturday evening. This dinner is prepared by the Roxbury Volunteer firemen and their wives, and is a huge success each year.

A special thanks to all the exhibitors and volunteers who helped make our show a success. Our show dates for 1989 are July 22-23. We hope to see you all again, and bring a friend. We will do our best to make them feel at home and enjoy themselves.