Amber Waves of Grain

  • Robert McKinney Farm 196 Foster Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States

While Walla Walla wines get lots of great publicity, wheat is still the backbone of the Blue Mountain Country’s agricultural economy. Always has been. Maybe always will be. This event will explore the evolution of over 100 years of mechanical advancements in grain harvesting.

In April, 1919, a farm equipment exposition on Russell Creek Road attracted over 15,000 people from across the nation, most traveling by train, to the three-day event. At a time when agriculture was transitioning from horse-drawn to combustion-engine farm machinery, thousands of farmers and their families from throughout the Northwest were anxious to view the latest innovations in modern farming.

Come learn about this little known event from your hosts Robert McKinney and his son Bret at McKinney Farms.

Using a disassembled combine, Robert will explain how these machines separate the kernels of wheat from the chaff. Guests will enjoy seeing five vintage combines that Robert and Bret have restored. Climb onto the operator’s platform of a John Deere or a Minneapolis Moline, if you like.

Then, in the cool shade along Russell Creek, enjoy a sack lunch while seeing a live demonstration of a stationary threshing machine. This farm day event is not to be missed! 

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