The annual show in 2016 will change up a bit with twice the fun that comes with a double feature. The show will celebrate Pride of Iowa and Horsepower.
It’s time to look in those nooks and crannies and discover what you have that was made in Iowa! In 2016, we’ll celebrate the rich creativity and innovation of Iowans.
From the Thieman Tractor to the Waterloo Boy to the Hart-Parr, we plan to exhibit items that contributed to early farm life that were invented and/or manufactured in Iowa. And, let’s not forget Pioneer Seed, the Polled Hereford, the Maytag Washer and the Red Delicious Apple!
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.
We are looking for everyone’s help to represent as many Iowa brands as possible. So, talk to your friends and neighbors and sign up to exhibit in the Iowa Pride. For more information, contact Connie Reinert, 712-260-0468. To register online, please click here.
Of course, exhibitors of all makes and models of tractors, implements and gas engines are encouraged and welcome to participate in the annual show.
Plan to attend and enjoy as you learn about the interesting contributions Iowans have made to our agricultural heritage.
Adding to the fun and interest will be the Horsepower Feature. Plans include an Iowa Draft Pony Show Friday evening. On Saturday, there will be an attempt to break a world record for having the largest number of draft horses plowing simultaneously. There will be an all-mule plowing event on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and on Sunday, all equine are invited to the plowing event at 3 p.m. Other plans include demonstrations and exhibits of horse-drawn implements. For more information regarding HorsePower events, please contact Kelli Kraft, 712-299-4409. To register online, please click here.
As part of the Horsepower events in 2016, there will be an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of draft horses plowing simultaneously. The event will be held on Saturday, August 13.Only draft horses from the recognized breeds will be able to take part in the record. Participants will need to register details about their animals and the plowing equipment being used. In order to break the record, the furrow will need to be at least 6 inches deep.
The current record is for 84 draft horses plowing simultaneously for one minute at an event in the UK held in February 2015. The horse committee is hoping to have at least 100 draft horses plowing in the event held during our show.
Anyone with questions regarding this or other Horsepower events may contact Kelli Kraft at 712-299-4409. Pre-registrations are encouraged.
Albert City's very own Theiman tractor will be one of the exhibits for this year's Pride of Iowa. Promotional literature states that the Thieman Tractor does the work of four to six horses at the cost of one horse or less. The cost of the Theman frame, complete, less the governor assembly was $185. It was recommended to use a recondtioned Model A Ford motor for the tractor.
As part of the Horsepower events, the Joan Koenig Memorial Wagon Train will kick off Wednesday, Aug. 10. The wagons will leave Gillett Grove at 10:17 a.m. and head to Webb where they will have lunch. They will then move on to the Marathon Park where they will circle the wagons for an overnight stay. On Thursday, they will leave at 10:17 and head to Albert City. After lunch there, they will head to the show site and prepare for horsepower events that start Friday. Anyone interested in participating in the wagon train should register using the Horsepower registration. Follow the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/882996835152830/
The 2016 Tractor Raffle will be for a Thieman Tractor or $2500 in cash. This tractor is from the early 1930s and was manufactured in Albert City with a Model A motor. A raffle for a children's pedal tractor is also available. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. As part of the HorsePower activities, a horse buggy and a hand-made quilt be raffled. The buggy is a completely restored two-seat taxi made by Morgan and Williams in the late 1800s. It is complete with makers tags and taxi number. Tickets for the buggy are $5 each. The queen size quilt features horse photos from the last seven shows. Tickets for the quilt are $1 each. The raffle drawings will be held Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. and you need not be present to win.
As part of the Pride of Iowa, members of Doodle Bug Club of America will exhibit their scooters. Webster City, Iowa was the birthplace of the famous motor scooter which turned many heads in its almost 70 years of existence. According to the enthusiasts, the Beam Manufacturing Company decided to design and build a small inexpensive motor scooter powered by a 1-1/2 hp gas engine. The Little Red Bug was sold by Gambles stores under the name of Hiawatha and Western Auto Stores as either Western Flyer or Wheel Goods. The scooters were built in productions of 10,000 each and 40,000 were built between 1946 and 1948. The Doodle Bug Club of America has members from 36 states. To learn more, visit their website at: http://wcdoodlebug.com.
As part of the Pride of Iowa, members of the Maytag Collectors Club will exhibit a variety of Maytag items. In 1893 Frederick Louis Maytag, joined his two brothers-in-law and George W. Parsons and each contributed $600 for a total of $2,400 to start a farm implement company. The company produced a threshing machine, band-cutter and self-feeder attachments. Farmers often suffered injuries as a result of threshing machine accidents. One of the company's earliest successes was a threshing machine feeder, a device which fed straw more safely into the threshing cylinder. By 1902, the company was the largest feeder manufacturer in the world. Under Fred L. Maytag's leadership, offices eventually were opened in Newton, Iowa. Perfected in 1905, the Success Corn Husker and Shredder became the company's next product development, expanding its farm implement line. After the turn of the century, the company became involved in several side lines. Between 1907 and 1911, the farm equipment line was expanded to include hay presses, hog waterers and numerous specialized feeders and harvesting equipment.
In 1907, the company intended to solve seasonal slumps in the farm equipment business and fill the need for a home washing machine. The "Pastime" washers had a wooden tub with a hand crank that turned and dolly inside with wooden pegs, which in turn, pulled clothes through the water and against the corrugated tub sides. Improvements on the first washing machine were steady. A pulley mechanism was added so the machine could be operated from an outside power source. In 1911 a model with an electric motor was unveiled. Four years later Maytag developed its Multi-Motor gasoline engine washer that became a must to rural homemakers who did not have access to electric power. Expansion into a national company and world leadership came during the first half of the 1920's under L. B. Maytag son of the founder, who served as company president between 1920 and 1926. The company had produced wringer washers for 76 years, and when manufacturing was discontinued, 11.7 million units had rolled off assembly lines. Learn more at: http://www.maytagclub.com. Club president Ron Maymon can be contacted by email at: email@example.com.
Anyone with Maytag washers, engines or farm equipment is encourage to participate in the Pride of Iowa exhibit.
The 2017 show is featuring Case and for the special 175th anniversary we are proud to host the International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation, the J.I. Case Collectors' Association, the Northland Case Collectors and the Missouri Screamin’ Eagles for their annual summer shows.
2018 will bring in enthusiasts of Ford as we host the national Ford-Fordson Collectors for their summer show.
In 2022, the Minneapolis-Moline Collectors will return for their summer show.
This year's collectible toy tractor is an Oliver 1800 Narrow with New Idea Loader. The tractors are manufactured by SpecCast and each includes a serial number. There were 100 tractors available and for those who purchased one last year, they can continue to purchase the same number of tractor. Those not purchased will be available for sale during the show at the LeMars Toy Store booth at the toy show. The #10 tractor will be included as a prize in the large tractor raffle, so if you purchase a ticket for that raffle, you are automatically included for a chance to win the toy tractor.
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