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Farm past comes back to sputtering, smoking life

The 20th annual Field Days, put on by the Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club, was a trip through nostaliga lane. Young and old came to marvel at century-old tractors and farm equipment, some that might be environmentally suspect today. Wayne Sturgis' vintage model 77 created clouds of black smoke as he entered the tractor pull with a wave of the orange flag. The tractor parade and pull are the highlights of the two-day festival that featured Allis-Chalmers equipment this year.1 / 5
Dale Monserud and Ed Barnett of Detroit Lakes, came for a taste of the past. Both consider themselves tinkerers. "If you owned a John Deere, you tinkered continuously," Monserud laughed. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 5
David Peterson, 7, gives his all on a pedal tractor. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 5
Joe Samuelson's John Deere exerts so much pull dragging 4,500 pounds, his front wheels come off the ground. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)4 / 5
Fran Gack and Frank Lamb, at far right, provided some of the entertainment Saturday. The Akeley pair are a regular and popular feature at the annual show. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)5 / 5
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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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