Homestead festival to feature old-time farming practices

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BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) -- Those attending the Homestead Days Celebration in Beatrice this summer can learn how farmers of old ran the farm.

The festival at the Homestead National Monument of American being held this weekend will show visitors how the farming changed during the early homesteading years, transitioning from horse power to more industrialized methods. It will include demonstrations of horse-drawn haying, steam-powered threshing and gasoline-powered binding.

Demonstrations will occur throughout the day Saturday and Sunday starting at noon.

The weekend celebration wraps up at 5 p.m. Sunday.