STEAM WAS UP IN IOWA

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Ralston, Iowa 51459

Aug. 18-19-20th, we were privileged to attend the Neil Miller Steam Engine Show 5 miles west of Alden, Iowa. 15 traction engines, of 9 makes, 20 to 30 gas engines were in operation. There was a wonderful display of antiques and early day machinery. A parade was held on Sunday afternoon and Lee Kline delivered sound of some features of the show over WHO, Des Moines.

This is a fine show that is better and more interesting as the years go by. There is a abundance of shade, a good place to relax and to relive the scenes of a former era. Second to Mt. Pleasant, this show has spanned more years, on the same location, than others in Iowa.

Sept. l-2-3-4th, the action was on Antique Acres 4 miles north on high way 218 out of Cedar falls. 10 traction engines and a hoist engine were under steam. 43 gas engines in operation, two sawmills, rock crusher, antique cars and fine display of old time farm equipment. A replica of the river steam boats, the 'Lady Gay', drew much interest. A parade was held daily. There was plenty of action from good showpieces on the move and at work.

The nature of the soil allows action in most all kinds of weather. Two large buildings provide shelter for equipment and for concessions to be under cover. A show worth attending. Tentative dates, Aug 30-31 Sept 1-2, Labor Day.