MOHAWK — There was a brush of old and new farming at the Central New York Farm Progress Show that kicked off Wednesday.
There were tractors. There was farm equipment. The Herkimer County Dairy Princess was on site. Plus, slices of fresh pie were available for purchase.
And the event served as a gathering place for the local farming community to talk shop.
Hugging close to a line of antique tractors was Joseph Karasek, of Mohawk, and his circa 1915 Root and Vandervoort engine.
Karasek said the portable gas engines could be used for a variety of farm work — running a sawmill and hay bale apparatus among the uses.
"My friend’s grandfather had it on a buzz saw," Karasek said. "They used it for a variety of different things. It’s a power take-off (PTO) engine. You would pull it (into position) with a team of horses," he said.
Karasek said that bringing the engine to shows is important to demonstrate farm history and the ingenuity that existed before computerized technology.
He said replacement parts are not available anymore since the East Moline, Illinois, company that made the engines is long gone, but a machine shop still can re-create the parts for use.
"If you take care of it, it’s reliable," he said as the engine worked through a few hundred RPMs with a distinctive "snort, poof" noise rhythm.
"I wish my truck would last 100 years," Karasek said referring to the age of the still-working engine.
Down the way from where Karasek was set up, new Kubota and New Holland tractors were for sale with all the bells and whistles.
"They pretty much do anything you would need," said Allen Pomeroy, a sales representative from Kleis Equipment in Constantia, and selling Kioti tractors.