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Farm Day at McKinney Farms

  • McKinney Farms 196 Foster Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

One of Walla Walla’s best kept secrets is the 1919 Tractor Show, which was held on Russell Creek Road in April of 1919. The era represented a time of great technological innovation and transition in the agriculture industry as horse-drawn equipment transitioned toward combustion-engine farm machinery. Nearly 50,000 spectators participated during the 3-day show expo. Farmers and their families arrived from all over the Northwest, eager to view the latest innovations in modern farming and household appliances.

BMLT is commemorating the centennial anniversary of this remarkable event with a Farm Day held at McKinney Farms. Antique autos and vintage farm machinery will be on exhibit, in addition to live demonstrations of traditional horse-plowing and binder & thrashing machinery used for wheat harvesting. The event will showcase the premier of the BMLT documentary about the 1919 agriculture expo and the release of "The 1919 Tractor Show," a commemorative book about the historic event.

Touchet Valley Music Project will provide bluegrass tunes while you enjoy the celebration. Cold drinks and ice cream will be served; we encourage you to bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy as well.

For more information about this event, please contact Alexandra James at or 509-525-3136. 

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Your Host & Sponsor

This event is made possible by the generous support of McKinney Farms.

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Event Sponsors

This event is made possible by the generous support of PAPÉ MACHINERY; Jones Truck & Implement, Inc; Nelson Irrigation; Northwest Farm Credit Services; Sydney and Bob Rupar; Union-Bulletin.

Granddaughters of Philip & Lucylle Taylor Yenney and J.B. “Brownie” Mansfield. 

Blue Creek Appaloosa - Charles Potts

Kent Land Company - Jim and Joe Kent

Mike Reser Farms, Inc. - Phil and Colleen Reser

Suitability: Open to all ages. Great family event!

Things to Bring: Closed-toe shoes, hat with a brim, sunglasses, umbrella for shade, sunscreen, refillable water bottle.

Kids will have opportunity to play in a straw bale maze under the supervision of high schoolers, so long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended.

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