For those living above the frost belt, the early months of a new year are sometimes marked by an itch to be somewhere else … somewhere else in the country, or even somewhere else on the calendar. The arrival of seed catalogs offers a bit of respite from winter, but if you need an industrial-strength remedy, check out the brand new Farm Collector Show Directory.
Thumb through almost 500 pages of farm shows, tractor shows, and steam shows and your mind reels at the possibilities … trips to states you've never visited; trips piggy-backed onto family reunions; trips built around family agendas. Suddenly you find yourself considering collectibles unique to a specific part of the country, or visiting the corporate roots of your favorite tractor manufacturer, or dropping in on a national meeting of a collector organization you're interested in.
At that point, you have several options: Erect a chalkboard and sketch an organizational plan on a scale comparable to that used in the Normandy landings; hand the show directory over to a travel agent; pull up a chair and put pencil to paper. Or, if you're computer literate, hop on to the new and improved Farm Collector Magazine website.
On this restoration, we took your advice. We've torn the site apart, sandblasted all the pieces, ordered new parts, done a fair amount of wrenching, and put it all back together again (with hardly any pieces leftover!). We think you'll like the result, which includes two significant enhancements:
First, we've added a series of forums to the website, giving you convenient access to collectors and enthusiasts around the country. Learn what's happening with old iron in different regions, seek advice on restorations, pick up tips and pointers for your club's show, or just shoot the breeze. It's an easy way to stay plugged into the hobby from the comfort of your own home.
And second, our Farm Collector Online Show Directory gives you a peek at upcoming shows, helps you investigate further through links to club e-mails and websites, and even offers driving directions. Need help planning? Build a list of shows you're interested in, and we'll send periodic e-mail reminders as the dates approach. All you have to do is pack a bag, and you're on your way. Online or not, count on Farm Collector to keep you in touch with this hobby! FC