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. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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