PARSONS, KS.--- 800 Southeast Kansas elementary students put down their text books and instead had a live history lesson.
"Everything here has been done vintage, if you will," states Jim Zaleski, Even Organizer.
From the sawing to the plowing at the 5th annual Farm Heritage Celebration in Parsons. "We don't want to forget that heritage in Southeast Kansas and this is one way we can hold on to it and actually pass it on to the next generation," states Zaleski. The kids were impressed watching farmers tend to theirs task the old fashioned way. "They were taking hay and squishing it down and making hay bells," says Hayden Mcginnes, Student. "The plows were pulled by horses," states Bethany Brewer, Student. "I'm impressed because I had no idea how old those machines are," states Tristen Taylor, Student. Kids were thrilled shucking corn, grinding wheat and watching how farmers sawed wood in the 19-hundreds, but one vintage machine got the best reviews. "The rock crusher," says Hayden. "The rock crusher," says Bethany.
"The rock cruncher," says Tristen.
The rock crushing machine grinds rocks into gravel which was used to make roads back in the day.
"In older times it looks like it was more hard work because now we're so advanced," states Daphne Hendrick, Student.
The celebration is open to the public tonight and tomorrow if you'd like to take a close look at old fashioned farming. Admission is free. For events details, click here.