Just got back from the strangely cool Buckley Old Engine Show, held annually by the Northwest Michigan Engine Thesher Club. My husband has worked on farms and has an enduring love for threshers and such. i just like to see a large collection of the same things gathered together anyplace. Row after row of ancient tractors and threshers is oddly compelling. If it's propelled by steam, it's there. Trains, engines, mills, organs and calliopes, and a few small or old gas and oil powered engines just for variety, just about everything busily working. Milling and forging of practical objects you can take home, like bowls and bells, and ride all over the huge grounds on tractors and trains. Insanely good and fresh concession foods, and a seemingly endless flea market.
Talking with a guy in line at the best concession, we agreed that it's really tough to explain to our urban friends the allure of Buckley. If you had really exciting state fair experiences as a kid, and now, not so much, you might want to check it out. i've yet to meet anyone who has attended who isn't smitten.