Johnstown will host its first Harvest Day next Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. in Bigelow Park.

Johnstown will host its first Harvest Day next Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. in Bigelow Park.

"This is the first annual Harvest Days and we're hoping to raise some money for some of the downtown projects that are going on," said Judy Edwards, village manager and a member of Downtown Johnstown, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the downtown area.

The event will feature the Land of Legend Antique Tractor Club, bakeoffs and "best of show" awards for pumpkin pie and pumpkin and zucchini and other breads.

Gordon Postle, a member of the Land of Legend, said the club has about 300 members.

"Most of these guys restore tractors on their own, but we also will restore a tractor and auction that off," Postle said. "Most of us are retired. We're all over Licking County, and our newsletter goes to six or seven counties and to other states, the snow birds in Florida or to Indiana. The antique tractor hobby is probably bigger in Indiana and Illinois, as you go farther west."

Postle said some members still use their tractors for gardening or pulling wagons, but many of the members keep the tractors polished for show.

"A restored 1930 John Deere is worth a lot of money," Postle said. "It's a lot like restoring an antique automobile."

Among shows the club has displayed at this year were 200 tractors at Hartford Fair, and 40 or 50 at the Pataskala Power Show this weekend, Postle said.

"We have a 1945 Farmall, Model H, that was made during World War II," Postle said. "There was a shortage of rubber, so the handles are all steel instead of rubber. The devil is in the details, and half the fun of collecting cars is the search for the parts you need."

Edwards said Harvest Days is meant to maintain Johnstown's rural heritage, even as the community grows.

"The village is still a dual community, where a lot of people have gardens and farms, and that's the theme of Harvest Days," Edwards said. "Our residential population really hasn't increased all that much. We did have a 17 percent increase over 10 years, from 2000 to 2010, but we are still a village, which means we are under 5,000 people.

"Johnstown is a unique community, because even people who don't reside in the village limits still consider Johnstown their hometown. It hasn't lost the character that people really treasure."

Downtown Johnstown will use the fall events to conduct a membership drive, Edwards said. Individual member dues are $25, nonprofit dues $50, and business dues $100. A donation of $1,000 qualifies the donor as a charter member.