The McHenry County Antique Farm Equipment Association of Illinois held its 19th annual dinner/auction on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Zion Lutheran Church, Marengo.

“The club was founded in 1999,” says Brian Barnes, club secretary. “We do four general meetings each year. We raise money for our general fund, for charity, and for trips. We send boxes to our troops overseas and pay for our general operating expenses. We support the Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom program. That is our main donation.

 “We do trips in the spring. This year we are going to Galva to view a farmer’s collection.”

President Jerry Darling says, “We expect about 80 people here tonight.”

 “Most of these guys are farmers, but some of them aren’t,” says club member Darryl Knisley. “One guy is a retired airplane pilot and he collects more than just tractors.

“I find it interesting that some people were raised on a farm but left it for other occupations. Now they have come back to their roots.”

Another member, Butch Borchardt says, “This is a good bunch of guys. We all help each other work on tractors. I’ve got an old Monroe corn picker, over 60 years old. A couple of guys helped me out and we picked corn with it last fall.

“We ship boxes to our troops through the McHenry VFW Auxiliary Post 4600. We sent boxes last fall. The boxes got there in time for Christmas. We are sending more next week.”

“I just joined last year,” John Martin says, “I have a good time at meetings. It’s nice to meet other people with common interests.”

The MCAFEAI is an active club which was founded to promote the preservation of antique farm machinery. All you need to join is an interest in antique farm equipment. You don’t need a tractor to belong. Many members belong just to be a part of a great group of guys and gals.

You can find out more about the club online at www.mcafeai.org.

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