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2019 Half Century of Progress Show

Make plans now to attend this year's Half Century of Progress Show in Rantoul, Illinois, Aug. 22-25. The Half Century of Progress Show allows visitors to experience what farming and agriculture was like 50 years ago with live demonstrations, attractions and fellowship.

Planned are sanctioned tractor pulls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, daily field demonstrations and daily parades. All brands are welcome.

Admission is $15 a day or $30 with a multi-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. You can view a detailed schedule on the show website.

Contact information
John Fredrickson: (219) 863-1270
Russell Buhr: (217) 621-3442
Carl Vandevender: (765) 860-7983
Chuck Stelter: (217) 497-7686
J.C. Reitmeier: (217) 841-8842

Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club 56th Annual Show

View of the Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club show

“The Great Minneapolis Feature”

Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club 56th Annual Show

Aug. 16-18, 2019
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
S3347 Sand Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913

264-acre show site
Wooded building and exhibit areas
29 acres of free parking
Three-level loading dock

Join us in 2019 as we feature Minneapolis-Moline and the companies that preceded it, including Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co., Twin City, Moline Plow and others.

For more information, or to participate, please contact the following:
Steamers and prairie tractors – Tyler Roudebush, (608) 843-2652
Tractors and implements – Peter Holzman, (608) 635-7772

Primitive camping for exhibitors only. All vehicles other than scooters and powered wheelchairs used by the disabled require proof of insurance.

See antique machines in action:
Steam engines, antique tractors, antique engines, 1901 Keystone steam well drilling rig, sawmills, threshing, silo filling, rock crushing, straw baling, horse-powered rock picker, blacksmith shop, woodworking shop, model engines, old cars and trucks, Fuller & Johnson museum, building with displays for the ladies, parade Saturday and Sunday, huge flea market, arts and crafts, books and decals for sale, free shuttle rides around grounds, good food, homemade pie and ice cream

Driving directions:
Exit 92 off I-90/94, Hwy. 12 east 3.8 miles to Hwy. 33 (Exit 215). West on 33 for 1/2 mile to Sand Road, north on Sand Road 1/2 mile to S3347 Sand Road.

Contact info:
Tyler Roudebush
(608) 843-2652
S3347 Sand Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913
www.badgersteamandgas.com

Dakotah Toy Parts

Dakotah Toy Parts

Dakotah Toy Parts has been in Madison, South Dakota, since 1995 providing toy tractor parts for 1/16th-scale, 1/64th-scale and pedal tractors. Dakotah Toys has a large selection of replacement and customized parts. Contact us for a complete catalog of all the parts we have available. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and after 4 and weekends by chance.

Dakotah Toy Parts ships all packages via UPS or USPS Priority mail. We reserve the right to adjust shipping rates as some orders require extra shipping.

2019 Bruce County Heritage Assn. Steam and Antique Farm Show

Rumely Oil Pull

The Bruce County Heritage Assn. Inc. was founded in October 1993, and was incorporated on June 29, 1995, to preserve, restore, collect, display and demonstrate antique machinery, tractors, equipment, lore, artifacts, literature and accessories, relating to agriculture in Bruce County and Ontario. BCHA holds a three-day Annual Antique Tractor and Steam Show at its property 2 kilometers south of Paisley on County Road 3, on the third full weekend of each year (Aug. 16, 17, 18, 2019). The 2018 show covered 75 acres with both working and static demonstrations and exhibits. This year’s feature is the International Harvester Co. line of machinery and equipment, including the Mogul, Titan, McCormick-Deering and Farmall tractors.

The support of our sponsors, our community and our volunteers has been a determining factor in building the BCHA event into the premier show of its type in Ontario.

Every year we have new and exciting features that we add to the show, and in 2020 we are planning another building to house the Lobsinger Threshing Machine artifacts and memorabilia that has been donated to the Bruce County Heritage Assn. by the Lobsinger family that lived nearby in Mildmay. There are many farmers in the county that have threshed using these machines, remembering how hot it was; or how many guys came over to your farm to help you thresh the grain, and then the huge harvest dinners that the ladies provided. Those were the days when men worked together helping each other, as not everyone had a threshing machine. These living memories about our past and being a community is part of preserving our past for the future generations. Those days were not the modern days of mega farms and the monster farm equipment of today.

There is something of interest for every member of the family to see and enjoy.  We have horses performing field, demonstrations including a 4 team horse power to saw logs, cutting and binding wheat, using a grain binder, ploughing and discing. To further enhance the field displays you can witness wheat threshing of the sheaves brought to the thresher from the wheat stooks in the field.

Watch the steam engines, and the Rumely prairie tractor plough in the field using a Verity steam engine 8-furrow plough, or watch them cut lumber at the sawmill adds to our children’s understanding of how our pioneers added to our rural heritage.

The Tom Thumb steam engine static display, and the Bucyrus-Erie Steam Shovel, the 1927 Mack dump truck hauling the dirt and dumping it is of interest to the younger family members as well as the older generation.

Steam concrete mixer

There is an outdoor flea market, a tractor pull all weekend, sparks show, a horse show ring where horse games are held in the evening after spending a day in the fields. A farrier works his forge there, showing making of horse shoes and other metal tools.

The Bruce County Museum has a display on gathering information about your family’s settlement that will help you to trace your roots back to the crown and deed in the 1800’s when the settlers first came to Bruce County building their sod huts before the first winters snow fall. These pioneers came for a better life right off the boats from the British Isles, leaving behind them the dreaded potato famine.

The lifestyles program has an informative program lined up in Memorial Building in the mornings, as well as musical entertainment in the afternoons.  This year “Elvis,” will be the main stage on Saturday, Aug. 17, singing music from the 50s and 60s and in the evening, “The Country Side of Elvis.”

This year’s tractor feature is the International Harvester Company, machinery and line of equipment, including the Mogul, Titan, McCormick-Deering and Farmall tractors. Of course, there are many different breeds of tractors that are on display, many of which are rare.

Bruce County Heritage Farm & Antique Show hosts a Classic Auto show, with many vintage vehicles brought to be viewed by the public.

The Craft building has many crafters, and our local pie maker has a booth there, and early Sat morning many are lined up waiting for her to arrive. There are concession stands for you to purchase your lunch, including the delicious French fry booth, wood fired homemade pizza, topped off with of course, homemade ice cream. This is not the weekend to start a diet.

Fly, drive, or bring your camper (reservations needed) for the weekend and experience things to do at the Bruce County Heritage Farm Show, Paisley, Ontario.

Paisley, a place where the people are always friendly. See you at the Show!

Sharon Cluley,
Secretary

Sandwich Early Day Engine Club 48th Annual Show

John Deere engine

The Sandwich Early Day Engine Club 48th annual show will be held June 29 only at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Rd., Sandwich, Illinois. We will feature John Deere engines, tractors and related items. Admission is $5, with free admission for children 12 and under. For more information contact us at (815) 354-5549 or sandwichengineclub@yahoo.com, or visit www.sandwichengineclub.com.

2019 Heartland Acres John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride

Lowell Walters
The brother of Lowell Walter, the original owner of Cedar Rock, located near Quasqueton on the Wapsipinicon River.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa, is planning the Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride for Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The ride will start at 8:30 a.m. from the Heartland Acres parking lot at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., in Independence, Iowa. Entry forms for preregistration are available at Heartland Acres admission office or by visiting our website at www.heartlandacresusa.com and are due by May 31, 2019.

The ride this year includes a stop at Cedar Rock which will include a tour and a lunch break. The story of Cedar Rock is significant to Buchanan County and Iowa.

Together Lowell and Agnes Walter created the Walters Farm Management Company. At one time their office was located at 609 Waterloo Building, Waterloo, Iowa. The business started with one family farm but grew to 5,000 acres of farmland. Lowell employed his uncle then nephew to manage his rental farms.

In the January 1945 letter Lowell wrote to Frank Lloyd Wright to commission him to design Cedar Rock. Lowell owned both the Iowa Road Building Company and 3,500 acres of farmland. Ultimately purchasing more than 5,000 acres. The Walters rented land and farmhouses to local farmers on a 50/50 profit split.

In a letter in the early 1970s Lowell Walter wrote that he has 4,930 acres of high-grade Iowa farmland in eastern Buchanan County. An excerpt reads: “Every farm raises hogs, some marketing 700-800 hogs per year, with probably an average of 300-400. Some farms feed around 50 head of cattle with a couple farms around 100 head; some farms do quite a little grade B dairying, milking 25-30 cows, and a few raise 200-400 laying hens. The diversified farming depends on the tenants as well as the farms and improvements, as many tenants do not desire to milk or raise chickens, while younger tenants starting out, desire steady income.”

In 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Walter sold all the farmland in one transaction to the Arnold Farm Corporation from Chicago for $3.5 million. This included more than 5,000 acres and 18 farms. This single land transaction between Lowell and Agnes Walter and the Arnold Farm Corp. remains one of the largest land transactions in Buchanan County history. Arnold Farm Corp. chose to divest of the holdings in several smaller transactions.

The sale of more than 5,000 acres helped to provide for the establishment of the Lowell and Agnes Walter Charitable Trust. For over 25 years this fund provided the sole source of funding for Cedar Rock State Park. The Walter Charitable Trust continues to do charitable giving. The Trust provides two full scholarships to two graduating seniors from the local East Buchanan School District to attend a State supported college or university. It also gives an annual stipend to the Quasqueton American Legion Post 434, the Quasqueton Community Club for Christmas gifts for children, the Quasqueton Cemetery Association, the Quasqueton Union Protestant Church and provide Halloween candy for the town’s children. The Walter Charitable Trust continues giving to the park in some amount when funds are available. The continued giving of the Walter Charitable Trust is an excellent example of Iowans’ rural character.

The story of Cedar Rock and Lowell and Agnes Walters was provided by Kathryn Hund, Manager, Cedar Rock State Park who works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Entry fee per tractor is $35. Extra riders are $8 each. Entry fee for tractors includes admission and lunch. Get your tractor ready today! We ask for riders to understand there are no refunds as we were rained out last year and your entry fee for last year isn’t applied to this year. We apologize for any misunderstanding and hope you will once again attend and support the Heartland Acres Tractor Ride. Heartland Acres is a volunteer based, non-profit, organized as a 501(c)(3) entity.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit www.heartlandacresusa.com or call (319) 332-0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.

Toplands Farm 2019 Show Rescheduled

All of us at Toplands Farm and Double D Living History Farm are sad to announce that our annual show scheduled for June 2, 2019, has been rescheduled. Due to the recent and continued rainfall this spring, we have been unable to cut the hay fields that are our parking lots and exhibitor area. We are rescheduling the event to Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Please watch our website (www.toplandsfarm.com) for any updates for the rescheduled show and possible dates for different shows.







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