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Photos: A Rainy Sunday at Dickson-Murst Farm

Sunday's Spring at the Farm, which kicked off Dickson-Murst Farm's 2012 season, was interrupted by thundershowers, but attendees braved the weather and enjoyed the day.

When the Dickson-Murst Farm Partners say their events will go on rain or shine, they’re not kidding.

Sunday brought a little of both – shine in the morning, some rain in the early afternoon (complete with lightning and thunder), and clearer skies for the rest of the day. And through it all, Spring at the Farm, the kickoff event of the Dickson-Murst Farm season, kept rolling along.

The fifth-annual Spring at the Farm featured antique tractors and farm equipment, animals of all kinds (courtesy of the Future Farmers of America), and bluegrass music played by members of the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association. Dickson-Murst Farm Partners cooked up and served food, and all money collected will go back into preserving the century-plus-old buildings on the farmstead.

And though the rain put a damper on several of the outdoor activities for a while, most of the attendees stayed, and took shelter in the barn to listen to the musicians play. As the skies cleared around 1 p.m., Spring at the Farm sprung back to life, much to the delight of the families who had braved the rain.

Spring at the Farm is the first of four events planned for 2012. The Partners will host their antique truck show on June 10, Day at the Farm on Aug. 19, and a bluegrass jam on Sept. 16.

For more on Dickson-Murst Farm and the Partners, check the Conservation Foundation’s website.

Kristy Gravlin May 08, 2012 at 02:12 AM
LOOKS LIKE ALLOT OF FUN GOING ON THERE AND A GREAT JOB ALSO LOOKS LIKE A FARMALL TRACTOR AND JOHN DEERE TRACTOR BUT COULD ONLY SEE PART OF IT TELL THEM ALL IT WAS A GREAT WRITE UP AS I COULD NOT FIND WHERE TO WRITE ON THERE ARTICLE THANKS AGAIN TO ALL WHO TOOK INTEREST IN IT JUNE B.
Kristy Gravlin May 08, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Oops! Clicked too soon. The note above was sent on behalf of June who wrote and said she couldn't find where to write. So I just sent it for her. Hope that's ok. Kristy
Peggy Sutton May 08, 2012 at 03:05 AM
A great way to find out for real that life on the farm goes on rain or shine -- inside or out -- and it's all FUN! Horse-drawn wagon rides, 4-H projects, FFA's Spring plants, bluegrass music, great food, and friends! Come in August to Day at the Farm!
Dolores Curbis May 08, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I just want to let everyone know what an amazing group of volunteers that we have at the Dickson-Murst Farm. They are very passionate about everything they do and as you will see if you come out to our summer events. Adults enjoy the activities as much as our children. The surrounding communities and The Village of Montgomery love having such a great farm that is being well cared for,just for this purpose. That is our mission. Watch the Ledger-Sentinel for our events in June,August and September. We are working on something new in July.
Andre Salles May 08, 2012 at 03:39 AM
We'll have that information here on Patch as well.

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