Country Events: Harness Racing, Hoedowns and More

From hoedowns to husking bees, these country events brought the rural community together for fun and fellowship.

Old Time Country Wisdom And Lore
Enjoy perusing through “Old-Time Country Wisdom and Lore,” a handy reference guide filled with 1,000 projects, pastimes, recipes and down-home truths and over 400 vintage illustrations. This illustrated encyclopedia brings wisdom, advice and joy from the simple life of the countryside and from a bygone time.
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Country Boys With Cow
Men and boys lingered about the local railroad station, awaiting the arrival of the traveling tent company.
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Harness Racing
At the beginning of the 1800s, the two-wheeled sulky was invented for harness racing.
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Maple Sugaring
Maple-sugaring time meant a combination of hard work and fun. In late winter with snow still carpeting the ground, country people set off for the woods equipped with freshly washed buckets, tapping irons and sap spouts.
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Fiddle Player
A barn dance meant a night of conviviality and rhythmic movement to the tune of a fiddle.
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