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Albert City Threshermen holding 43rd show

By Staff | Aug 6, 2014

ALBERT CITY – An 1860s Civil War encampment, a one-year of farming in 60 minutes demonstration, hundreds of John Deere tractors and implements, an ICAP-sanctioned tractor pull and a child’s potato patch are part of the attractions at the 2014 Albert City Threshermen and Collectors show set for Friday through Sunday northwest of Albert City on County Road M54.

Visitors may explore the new building that houses military vehicles, equipment and memorabilia.

The new building was completed this summer and area veteran’s groups have planned the displays and gathered the items that will honor all servicemen.

A special attraction this year is the Army of the Southwest. This organization expects to bring about 30 members and will share the lifestyle of the Civil War era.

They will set up camp on Friday and will be doing the encampment all day Saturday and Sunday. There will be special cannon and arms firing at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

There will also be educational displays, materials and reenactments.

A special demonstration in the field will show one-year of farming in 60 minutes. This event features all of the activities that happen in one year of farming including harvesting, binding, combining, plowing, disking, dragging and planting. Of course these will all be done with vintage John Deere machinery.

This year the show is hosting the Northwest Iowa Two-Cylinder Club.

Members will exhibit a wide variety of tractors, implements, and memorabilia. The works of artist Charles Freitag will also be on display. Freitag is well-known for his art depicting family life on the farm.

The annual Saturday tractor pull has expandedwith the addition of an Iowa Central Antique Pullers event. This will include the amateur and local pullers class to be followed by – stock, classic, open and V-8 classes, which are all point pulls.

The Threshermen have a reputation for hands-on action and field activities using vintage farm equipment. These include threshing with steam engines, binding, baling, combining, corn shelling, plowing and disking.

Other special events include a tractor ride Thursday afternoon, a talent contest Saturday afternoon and demonstrations by the Cherokee Ridge Runners.

Regularly scheduled exhibits include a toy show, wood shop, wood carvers, a heritage doll show, petting barn, arts and crafts, vintage military vehicles, antique cars and trucks, blacksmith shop, broom factory, flour mill, saw mill, school house, farm house, SvenskaStuga, horse activities and food booths, including homemade ice cream.

The show is now in its 43rd year and provides fun for about 14,000 visitors each year.

For more information, contact the Threshermen at (712) 843-2076 or visit their web site at www.albertcitythreshermen.com.

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