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Threshermen seeks Iowa-made items

By Staff | Apr 17, 2016

ALBERT CITY – The Albert City Threshermen and Collectors are featuring Pride of Iowa during the 2016 show.

The feature will exhibit and demonstrate ag-related equipment or other items used on the farm in the early 1900s during the show which runs Aug. 12-14.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the agricultural inventions and manufacturing innovations that started in Iowa,” said board member Connie Reinert.

“Iowans have always played an important role in contributing to the agriculture success of the Midwest. We need to look no further for ingenuity than right in Albert City where 98 patents have been registered starting as early as 1905.

“Most people will recognize John Deere, Waterloo Boy, Hart-Parr, and Oliver engines, but we are also looking for lesser known brands such as Galloway, Associated, Gade, Sherman Smith, Lennox and Armstrong.

Along with tractors and engines, we are looking for other items such as wagons, implements, seed corn materials and literature. We know we’ll have some locally manufactured items as well including the Thieman Tractor from Albert City.”

As part of the feature, the Maytag Collectors Club and the Doodlebug Club of America will be joining in as members bring exhibits.

So that historical information can be prepared for each Pride of Iowa display, exhibitors are encouraged to register early either online at www.albertcitythreshermen.com or by calling the show office at (712) 843-2076.

As always, exhibitors of all makes and models of tractors, implements and gas engines are welcome to participate in the annual show.

Featuring horsepower

Adding to the fun and interest for the 2016 show will be the Horsepower Feature. Already horses are registered from Pennsylvannia, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Minnesota and Iowa.

An attempt to break a Guinness World Record will be held Aug. 13. The attempt will be for the greatest number of draft horses plowing simultaneously which currently stands at 84. It is expected to have at least 100 draft horses plowing for this attempt.

The Iowa Draft Pony Association will hold a show on the grounds the evening of Aug. 12. Horse enthusiasts can also participate in the Wagon Train which will start in Gillett Grove Aug. 10 with a campout at the Marathon Park. It will continue Aug. 11 to Albert City and then on to the show site.

There will be many horse-related demonstrations and exhibits of horse-drawn implements.

Other events

The Board of Directors has secured an additional 20 acres of land adjoining the west field so that there will be plenty of room to accommodate the usual tractor field activities, plowing, and threshing along with the horse activities.

The Kid’s Potato Patch returns, and will be located in the west field. During this event, the potatoes are plowed with horsepower and children then go out and gather up the potatoes.

The Talent Show drew some great talent last year and will return to the entertainment stage mid-day Aug. 13. Area talent of all ages are encouraged to register for this judged event which includes cash awards.

The Threshermen’s tractor ride will be held the afternoon of Aug. 11. Tractors of all ages, makes and sizes are welcome to join the ride which starts at 1 p.m.

Early registration is encouraged for all exhibitors. Registration can be done online at www.albertcitythreshermen.com or by calling the show office at (712) 843-2076.

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