Yesterday we went to Farm Days in the Village and as we
approached the event there was no mistaking the distinctive
sound of a running Johnny Popper. These two-cylinder John
Deere tractors were manufactured from 1924 to 1960 and if
you’ve ever heard one running, you remember.
The reason for this sound is the first cylinder fires at
0 degrees, the second at 180 degrees then the engine coasts
for 540 degrees to complete the 720 four-stroke cycle. And
although they sound like they need a tune-up these engines
produce power smoothly.
Dad used to say that the Johnny Poppers may have been
2-cylinders, but they had the power of a 4-cylinder. The
first time I was ever on one I thought it had more power
than anything I’d ever experienced before.
At the farm show we watched a broom making demonstration
on a machine made in the 1800s, looked at a lot of tractors
and equipment, met some great people, stopped by the petting
zoo, looked at the wares many were selling, and had a great
lunch. We even took a few pictures.
We managed to go up to the upper part of Lindsey Park and
gazed at the Mighty Missiissippi river. It was a great day.
Enjoy your Sunday, tomorrow the bills start coming in the
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