Old Roxbury Days

| May/June 1990

52-A South Main Street, New Milford, Connecticut 06776

As the summertime activities were in full swing around the country, it was once again time for the small town of Roxbury, Connecticut to open its arms to antique tractor and machinery enthusiasts from around New England. On July 22 & 23, 1989 the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department, with help from the Roxbury Historical Society, held the 18th annual Old Roxbury Days Fair.

The attendance at this year's show was over 5,000 spectators-about the same as years past. Although exhibitor attendance really jumped and space to display one's engines and tractors was a little close, everyone seemed to make adjustments and to understand the need to cooperate. I believe everyone enjoyed themselves, as at the end of the weekend there were plenty of smiling faces.

People who attend Old Roxbury Days annually had two new pieces of equipment to observe this year. The first is a rather large drag saw that the Roxbury Historical Society had purchased in the spring. After a few minor repairs were made, the proper size engine was selected and belted to the drag saw, a log placed on the carriage, and we were in business. Pieces of wood that were sawed were quickly gathered up by spectators for souvenirs.

The other piece of equipment that was not new to the Roxbury Historical Society, but had never been demonstrated at the show itself, was a McCormick grain binder. A small section of the show grounds had been set aside and planted with rye. Late Saturday afternoon, the binder was hooked to a tractor and the rye cut and loaded on a wagon to be threshed Sunday afternoon. Some older spectators said they thought they would never see a binder cutting grain again, and were really moved by watching the operation. I'm sure it brought back many memories for them.

As the show wound down its first day, it was time for the Saturday night chicken barbecue that was attended by over 800 hungry people. A surprise was in store for everyone as a Dixieland band from New Orleans, Louisiana provided entertainment.