That Emmet County Museum bunch is pretty ambitious. Every year, museum board members restore at least one piece of antique farm machinery for Sweet Corn Days. This year, it was a McCormick-Deering horse-drawn cornbinder.
Don Valen, Wayne Petersen and Don Koons all pitched in and restored the binder donated by Max Pelzer.
"It needed to be painted," Valen observed, and sure enough, the group took it back to its original color, red with off white with a blue shield. They were able to determine the original color by looking in unexposed areas.
Don Valen helped restore this horse-drawn McCormick-Deering cornbinder, just in time for the Emmet County Fair.
Photo by Michael Tidemann
Valen said the cornbinder would be drawn by three or more horses. The group worked on the binder pretty steadily for a week and a half.
The machine also has a self-tying mechanism, said Valen.