Education of Yesterday brings antique equipment to life

DRESDEN — Antique machinery will roar to life again, and coal smoke will linger in the air during the annual Education of Yesterday Farm Show in Dresden this weekend.

The 17th edition of the event, which runs from Friday through Sunday, will feature displays of tractors as well as less familiar equipment, like antique bailers, and a variety of construction equipment. 

In 1955, at age 19, Kenny Moore Jr. opened Moore’s Farm Supply in Trinway. Along the way, he began to collect old machinery on trade-ins, some of which he kept, said his son Jeff. “He had a love of equipment and tractors, so over the years we gathered some of it up,” he said.

His father’s love for tractors and trains and old equipment slowly built up a sizable collection, a museum for equipment that otherwise would have gone to scrap.