Fred Fatura, Elsie, Mich., with his “granddaughter, buddy and helper” Emma Fatura on the 1920 Samson Model M he restored. Fred drove the Samson in the Shepardsville, Mich., July 4 parade. Photo by Renae Fatura, Elsie, Mich.
A Rumely OilPull Model E (owned by Jerred Ruble, Hanlontown, Iowa) pulling a gang plow turns new ground and draws a crowd of fascinated followers during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual Steam Threshing Days, Swap Meet and Craft Show Sept. 19-21 near Forest City. Tractor operators: Justin Click, Lake Station, Ind., and Jerred Ruble. Photo by Steve Barr, Downers Grove, Ill.; reprinted with permission.
Mt. Rainier provided a scenic backdrop for the tractor display at the Toledo (Wash.) Threshing Bee Aug. 23-24. This 1949 John Deere H was exhibited at the show by Fred and Vicki Taylor, Woodland, Wash. The Taylors are members of the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Assn., Branch 23, EDGE&TA. Photo by Sarah Floyd, Camas, Wash.
Taking a break: Keith Huwaldt and his wife, Virginia, enjoy a bit of kettle corn during the Pierce (Neb.) Old Time Threshing Bee Sept. 13-14. Keith is in charge of the bee’s oat cutting and threshing demonstrations. Photo by Peggy Christensen, Randolph, Neb.
Above: A plowing demonstration during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Pressing sorghum with power from a 1/2-scale Avery (owned by Harold Swartzrock and engineered by Gerald Holms) at the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Left: Charli Eddy and Brandon Lyons investigate a rock crusher at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in late August. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
John Bower built two sulkies to use in towing his tractors to local shows, as shown here. “At this show some John Deere guys were taunting a Farmall man,” John’s father, Robert, explains. “When John pulled in, the Farmall man said ‘Ha! Look at that: He’s pulling one and pushing one.’” Photo by Robert Bower, Kingston, Ohio.
Al Barkl, Elko, Nev., mowing alfalfa (the third cutting, in mid-September) with his Super H and John Deere No. 5 mower.
Left: At the International Harvester Red Power Round-Up held in June in Columbia, Mo., Carolyn Mehefee, Mt. Crawford, Va., chauffeured her husband, Robert, around the grounds on the tractor he restored for her. Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
Perry and Amber Shane pitched oats bundles into their Oliver Red River Special threshing machine during the Vintage Equipment in Action Day held in September near Atkinson, Neb. Their Oliver/Hart-Parr 18-27 is hooked to the bundle rack. Photo by Paul Poessnecker, Atkinson, Neb.
Above: With a little help from a friend: Larry Lucke prepares to start his 25 hp IHC Titan with an assist from Jerry Balvin at a Ceresco, Neb., show. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
Above: A line-up of vintage threshing machines displayed at the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa.
Left: A 1951 Allis-Chalmers G owned and restored by Morry Stamp, Vancouver, Wash., with Mt. St. Helens in the background. The tractor was on display at the Toledo (Wash.) Threshing Bee held Aug. 23-24. Morry is a member of the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Assn., Branch 23, EDGE&TA. Photo by Sarah Floyd, Camas, Wash.
Below: Bundles in the oat field were loaded onto two racks in preparation for the Pierce (Neb.) Old Time Threshing Bee Sept. 13-14. Photo by Virginia Huwaldt, Randolph, Neb.
Plowing with a 1/2-scale Case steam engine and plow owned and engineered by Nicholas Swanz, Zimmerman, Minn., during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Putting on a show is a lot of work, much of which precedes the event. Here, volunteers work to shock oats for use at the Pierce (Neb.) Old Time Threshing Bee Sept. 13-14. Photo by Virginia Huwaldt, Randolph, Neb.
A John Deere 3-row lister with damming units owned by Larry Young, Abilene, Kan., displayed at Old Settler’s Day Sept. 27, Smith Center, Kan. Photo by Larry Young, Abilene, Kan.
At shows, things don’t always go according to plan. Sparks from a steam engine ignited the contents of two hay wagons and a log pile during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. The wagons and their contents were destroyed, but the fire was brought under control by the Forest City Volunteer Fire Department and no other property was damaged. Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa.
Home cookin’: Richard Hembrough cooked hard-boiled eggs in the hopper of his gas engine at the International Harvester Red Power Round-Up June 11-14, Columbia, Mo. The eggs were ready in 10 minutes. Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
Left: This Allis-Chalmers delegation (all from the collection of Sheridan and Annette Hansen) made a strong showing at the Iron County, Utah, county fair parade in Parowan on Sept. 1. Left to right: a 1939 WC high-crop driven by event chairman Sheridan Hansen; a 1948 B driven by his daughter, KathiJo Smith; and a 1948 C driven by McCall Williams and Kylee Smith (Sheridan’s granddaughter). Photo by Annette Hansen, Cedar City, Utah.
Right: Rex Lucke and Dale Hensel watch a 2 hp vapor-cooled Waterloo gas engine in operation at a Ceresco, Neb., show. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
Andy Gortsema, Fairfield, Wash., at the wheel of a 1941 John Deere Model H equipped with Riblet “square wheels,” one of only two “square wheel” tractors known to exist. The tractor was displayed at the Garfield County Fair, Pomeroy, Wash., Sept. 13. Photo by David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.
Mike Healy, James Eddy, and Kevin, Logan and Richard Hembrough using one engine to start another during a steam show in Jacksonville, Ill. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
A spark show at dusk lights up the sky. Here, an 18 hp Avery owned by Jerred Ruble, Hanlontown, Iowa, puts on a show at the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show Sept. 19-21, near Forest City. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Richard Hembrough shows his son, Kevin, a 1 hp IHC at a Jacksonville, Ill., show. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
It’s a matter of delicate balance, as these competitors found in garden tractor teeter-totter games at the third annual Fall Harvest Days and Pumpkin Festival held Oct. 4-5 at Sherrill, Iowa. Photo by Janet Spoerl, Dubuque, Iowa.
Below: Farmall was the show feature at Waukee, Iowa, last summer, where this display of pedal tractors was spotted. Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa.