Threshermen’s show features Iowa-made
ALBERT CITY-Iowans and their contributions to agriculture-along with horsepower displays-will be featured as part of the 46th annual Albert City Threshermen and Collector’s Show, today through Sunday northwest of Albert City.
The show’s “Pride of Iowa” will feature ag products made in Iowa – from John Deere tractors and implements, Hart Parr and Oliver tractors, as well as more locally-made tractors.
Some of them include Thieman tractors, made in Albert City during the 1930s; Pal tractors, made in Sioux Rapids in 1938 (only 12 of those tractors were made); and Honey Bee tractors, which were once manufactured in Everly.
The show will also feature many engines made in Iowa, such as Waterloo Boy and Armstrong.
“What’s unique this year is that we’re going to have a 1908 Mason automobile that was made in Des Moines,” said Connie Reinert, one of the show’s organizers. “We got it here on loan from the Iowa Historical Society.”
The show will also feature a 1910-era Colby automobile made in Mason City.
“There are only three of those automobiles that remain, and this one is coming to us from a man from Graettinger,” Reinert said.
“Pride of Iowa” will also feature Maytag collectors.
“The Maytag name is mostly associated with washing machines, but people don’t know that Maytag started out making threshing machines,” said Reinert.
The Maytag company, which began in 1893 with start-up funds of $2,400, also made band-cutters and self-feeder attachments, hay presses, hog waterers and other specialized feeders and harvesting equipment.
It wasn’t until 1907 that Maytag manufactured washing machines to help solve seasonal slumps in the farm equipment business.
The first washing machine to run from an electric motor was introduced in 1911. Four years later, a washing machine operating from a gasoline engine was unveiled for homemakers not having access to electricity.
“Pride of Iowa” will also feature the Doodle Bug Club of America, which will exhibit scooters that were made in Webster City during the 1940s. There were 40,000 scooters built between 1946 and 1948 and were sold under the names of “Hiawatha,” “Western Flyer” or “Wheel Goods.”
The farm house on the grounds will offer give-aways each day promoting Iowa-born products. They will give away free Earl May flower seeds each morning and Red Delicious apples every afternoon.
The show will feature Polled Herefords, which Reinert said started in Iowa, along with American Cream Draft Horses, which she said were the only native draft horse breed to the United States. The show will feature one of those horses with a colt that should be born during the show.
The “horsepower” section of the show will feature farm animals doing their thing as it was 100 years ago. Reinert said they hope to break a Guinness world record this year for the most draft horses plowing simultaneously. That will take place Saturday afternoon.
“The current record is 84, and we have 150 horses signed up to be part of this so far,” she said. “There will be a variety of plows, and some will only have one horse hitched to it and others will have several horses on a hitch pulling a plow.”
They will also try to make or break a record for the most mules plowing simultaneously as well, with a goal of 60 mules tilling up the earth at once.
Reinert said even with a headlining ‘double feature’ on tap, the show will still have all the horse-led and old-fashioned farming activities that people come back to see every year – demonstrations of combining, disking, plowing, threshing oats and corn shelling.
“Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a horse person, it’s still fun to learn about the way farming was done when your great-grandfather was farming,” Reinert said. “If you like farming, agriculture and/or history, that’s what this show is all about.”
She added, “There’s a lot about farming that hasn’t changed. W\we still plant, combine and thresh oats. We just do it differently now.
“This gives people a look at how they did it 100 years ago.”
The show features a host of activities for children, including old-fashioned games each afternoon, potato picking, scavenger hunt and pedal tractor pulls.
Women attending the show are also invited to tour the early 1900s-era farm house, along with seeing cotton or plant spinning demonstrations, and visiting the 40-50 craft vendors throughout the grounds. Reinert said there is also a toy show each day, along with a vintage doll show.
Entertainment this year will include a talent show, tractor pulls, daily parades, bands, storytellers, Branson-based entertainer Chuck Crain, and O.J. Fargo telling about the role Iowans played in the Civil War.
Reinert said no matter a person’s age or gender, there will be something there to keep people entertained all weekend long.
“We often hear people say this is a family-friendly show,” said Reinert. “Our show is the best place for education because it’s hands-on. For us as board members, it’s rewarding to see families with grandpa, the kids and grandkids all together, with grandpa getting to tell his story about how he used to thresh and plow. We’re all so busy now, how often do you get together as a family to hear grandpa tell the story of his (farming) life?
“Here you can not only hear about it, but see it, too.”
The Albert City Threshermen and Collector’s Show is located 2.25 miles northwest of Albert City on county backtop M-54.
For more and updated information, maps/gps location information and more, go to their website at www.albertcitythreshermen.com.
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