Topic: Steam Tractors
Steam Tractors and Vintage Old Tractors along the Highways of South America, ......
Rural shows in ArgentinaIts common knowledge that Argentina is one of the world’s most rich grain and meat producers. Thanks to the excellent natural capabilities of our soils and our extensive Pampas, this country has always advocated to this production area. Therefore all kinds of rural technological inputs have always been very welcome. Early in 1900, the rural producers of our country gathered together to create an institution that represented their interests, that’s how the Sociedad Rural Argentina came to life. Ever since, then, they’ve gathered together at least once a year to discuss the situation of the Argentine field, perspectives of evolution and progress and of course, discuss the latest technological innovations that could improve their production. Such is the importance of this annual reunion that it gradually become to be an open meeting, evolving to our days to be one big social event and show of our field. Later on, by mid 20s the Argentine field had evolved into not only being managed by big rural entrepreneurs, but also small and medium farmers who owned what’s known in Spanish as Chacras. Although apparently the same, these producers had different needs regarding their fields that apart them from the Sociedad Rural Argentina. The difference in the extension of the field demanded different technological appliances that could adapt and result in a much better combination of capital inversion and productiveness. These small and medium productors also gather yearly to discuss the evolution in their area at Expo Chacra. Non of these shows are exclusive, meaning that the direction that has resulted from their evolution makes them more and more compatible and a gathering point to discuss the Argentine field’s interests. Nowadays, there are many other exhibitions and shows regarding our rural industry. Among the most important ones in the grain production is feriagro, specially devoted to agriculture. Today all year round one can assist to any of these international level shows to find out what’s new in the area. But, for these are somewhat yearly homages to the most important industry of our country, these are museum like shows, were the latest technological innovation is put in perspective regarding the evolution of the industry. The most common living history is in the tractor field, these coveted objects –not only for their actual use but for their importance as collectibles- are proudly presented by their owners. Its become a must now, that worldly collectors assist to these meetings showing their treasures, at the same time they establish contact with other fellow collectors. An other interesting turn in these shows has been the revalue of toys. It’s a deep belief that toys are somewhat scale representations of reality, and in a rural country such as Argentina, there has always been a proliferation of rural or farm toys. All and all they had mostly been presented to society at these shows. For the publicity is unsurpassed and the incredible flow of public that attends is just immense, so many toy stands were side by side the real life model… This had inspired on and on companies to launch together with their products, toys that represented them. They thought “Dad and son both have the same item, adjusted to each ones’ needs”. So, vintage toys and vintage tractors or farm implements are exhibited side by side the latest technological innovations.
For those farm lovers, this is a must, for this is one of Latin American most important rural industries reunions, for those who work in the fields and for those who treasure men’s production in this area throughout time.
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