Snap Happy: Photos from the 2016 Show Season

Farm Collector readers share their favorite show season scenes.

| February 2017

  • Marion Reitan and Erica Pangerl on a 1932 John Deere GP wide tread at the Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics show.
    Photo by Judy Anderson; Rush City; Minn.
  • Duane Anderson saws lumber at Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics Threshing & Sawing Show.
    Photo by Judy Anderson; Rush City; Minn.
  • This 1914 Aultman & Taylor wooden threshing machine does regular duty at the Coal Springs Threshing Bee in Meadow, S.D., during the last full weekend in September.
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  • Jeff Withers starts an 1894 13-1/2 hp Schleicher-Schumm engine inside the Otto Building at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minn., Aug. 31, 2016.
    Photo by Charles Wise; Sedalia; Mo.
  • Customized Case.
    Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa
  • Hank Conklin operates his live steam scale model railroad locomotive at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show in August.
    Photo by Jean Siirila; Wadena; Minn.
  • An Advance-Rumely steam engine is belted to the sawmill during the Northeast Missouri Old Threshers Reunion in Shelbina, Mo.
    Photo by Melanie Boone; Macon; Mo.
  • The Spark Plug Collectors of America are invited to share the Farm Collector tent at the 2016 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and spread the word about their collectibles.
    Photo by Janet Healy; Fulton; Mo.
  • Ardith Geier, Williamstown, Mo., looks for just the right line while piloting a John Deere at the River Valley Antique Assn. show in Mapleton, Ill.
    Photo by Bob Hunnicutt; Washington; Ill.
  • Coleton Bolduc, 5, concentrates on the controls of a scale model Case steam engine built in the 1940s by N.B. Nelson, one of the founders of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minn., where this photo was taken in September 2016.
    Photo by Charles Wise; Sedalia; Mo.
  • A Field Marshall tractor makes the rounds during the annual Old Time Flywheel Reunion in Macon, Mo.
    Photo by Melanie Boone; Macon; Mo.
  • Members of the Farm Collector crew are “photobombed” during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Sept. 1-5. Front, left to right: Anita Fisher, Terri Keitel and Sheila Kearney. Back, left to right: Mike Healy and Kevin Hembrough.
    Photo by Janet Healy; Fulton; Mo.
  • Tim Ramstad, Colton, S.D., parades his 1948 Allis-Chalmers W Speed Patrol during the Humboldt (S.D.) Threshing Bee, Aug. 13-14.
    Photo by Steve Schroeder; Humboldt; S.D.
  • Teams and wagons are at the ready when the Heritage Antique Tractor Club of McCook, Neb., Branch 238, holds their annual corn-picking day at the Kenny Kircher farm. Using teams and wagons owned by Kenny and his brother, Gale, club members take turns at hand-picking a row of corn and have a good time doing it. The field averaged 100-bushel yields.
    Photo by Jerry Owens; McCook; Neb.
  • Richard Borgaro, Eugene, Ore., at the controls of his 1918 Cleveland Model H, on parade at the California Antique Farm Equipment Show, Tulare, Calif., in April. Richard is pulling a 1917 Throop land leveler.
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  • Denny Puck and Marvin Beard work on an engine during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in September.
    Photo by Susan Eddy; Numa; Iowa.
  • Loading straw with a team of Belgian horses at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show.
    Photo by Dave Preuhs; Le Center; Minn.
  • Seen at the 2016 Tri-State Antique Power Assn. show in Gray, Tenn., on April 23, 2016, during the parade of power: a Ford Model T owned by Jeff McCrary. That’s not a still on the back: It’s a self-contained ethanol fuel supply.
    Photo by Steve Ritch; Inman; S.C.
  • The history, heritage and family ties at shows is important. Here, three generations of the Hembrough family keep an eye on granddad’s 6 hp McCormick-Deering engine at the Prairie Land Fall Festival & Steam Show Days, Jacksonville, Ill. Left to right: Richard Hembrough, Richard Hembrough and Kevin Hembrough.
    Photo by Janet Healy; Fulton; Mo.
  • Paxton Coleman, Hanna City, Ill., is about tractored-out as he rides on a Minneapolis-Moline driven by his grandfather, Jeff Coleman, also of Hanna City, at the River Valley Antique Assn. show, Mapleton, Ill.
    Photo by Bob Hunnicutt; Washington; Ill.
  • A 10-20 IH Titan tractor with plow guide and P&O plow, owned by Bill Hlavac, Montgomery, Minn., on the move at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show.
    Photo by Dave Preuhs; Le Center; Minn.
  • Starting a 10 hp Model M at the Wise Family Crank-Up, Sedalia, Mo.
    Photo by Susan Eddy; Numa; Iowa.
  • This British-built Marshall road locomotive, capable of traveling 30 mph, was originally used to haul freight. At the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show it is operated by Shane Skeleton, Bloomington, Minn.
    Photo by Dave Preuhs; Le Center; Minn.
  • Monte Busser, Colton, S.D., drives his Allis-Chalmers WD W5 and 1954 No. 33 corn picker in the parade at the Humboldt (S.D.) Threshing Bee, Aug. 13-14.
    Photo by Steve Schroeder; Humboldt; S.D.
  • Jim Wenzlaff drives an Allis-Chalmers WD 45 and Allis baler owned by Walley Wenzlaff in the parade at the Humboldt (S.D.) Threshing Bee, Aug. 13-14.
    Photo by Steve Schroeder; Humboldt; S.D.
  • Jake Nelson, 11, operates a scale model Garr-Scott steam engine at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minn., while Aubrey Bolduc, 11, walks alongside. The model steamer was built by N.B. Nelson in the 1940s, and has been shown annually at WMSTR ever since.
    Photo by Charles Wise; Sedalia; Mo.
  • Bill Jansen and his 110 hp Case steam engine with 14-bottom plow, assisted by Ted Jansen, Chris Jansen and Tod Jansen. Jesse Jansen is shown at right, knocking mud off the discs. The photo was taken at the American Thresherman Assn.’s 57th annual Steam, Gas & Progress Show in Pinckneyville, Ill., in August.
    Photo by Juliet Brand; Maeystown; Ill.
  • Parades are all the more fun when you have a faithful companion along for the ride, as shown in this photo, taken at the River Valley Antique Assn. show, Mapleton, Ill.
    Photo by Bob Hunnicutt; Washington; Ill.
  • A two-stage rock crusher crushes large rocks down to road gravel at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show in August.
    Photo by Dave Preuhs; Le Center; Minn.
  • Griff Malleck and Lee Janssen are careful not to hit each other in the head as they handpick corn at the Kenny Kircher farm. Some onlookers at the event say they have never seen corn picked by hand.
    Photo by Jerry Owens; McCook; Neb.
  • This 1955 Farmall Cub with a 1947 direct-connected harrow plow Model Cub 12-D, is part of the 2016 display at the Gera Old Tractor Show, Frankenmuth, Mich. The rig is owned by Bud Davidson. This is a rare plow, typically used in tobacco ground.
    Photo by Liz Whiting; Bridgeport; Mich.
  • This enormous 3-cylinder McIntosh-Seymour diesel engine weighs in at 128,000 pounds. The flywheel alone weighs 26,000 pounds. The engine runs at 250 rpm and produces 575 hp from its three 17-1/2-inch bore pistons. It starts with 1,000 pounds of air pressure injected into one cylinder. The antique air compressor has a 1-inch piston and takes 3-1/2 hours to reach 1,000 pounds of pressure. Both the engine and air compressor were moved from the power house in Le Sueur, Minn., and reset at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show.
    Photo by Jean Siirila; Wadena; Minn.
  • Kurt Jansen and Dude Jansen with an Advance-Rumely OilPull at the American Thresherman Assn.’s 57th annual Steam, Gas & Progress Show in Pinckneyville, Ill., in August. Twelve inches of rain fell in the Pinckneyville area in the days before the show was held, but the show went on, with more than 900 pieces of equipment on display as well as field demonstrations and tractor pulls.
    Photo by Juliet Brand; Maeystown; Ill.
  • Three generations of Andersons work together, loading loose hay with a New Idea hay loader pulled by a Minneapolis-Moline 445 in a hay stacking demonstration at Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics Threshing & Sawing Show.
    Photo by Judy Anderson; Rush City; Minn.
  • When the bundles are heavy, it still takes a team to get the job done. Bruce Flatmoe, Burnsville, Minn., drives “both” 1946 Farmall Model B tractors during the Coal Springs Threshing Bee in Meadow, S.D., during the last full weekend in September.
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  • Jerry Daniels at the wheel of his nice original John Deere Model D during the Exline, Iowa, July 4 show.
    Photo by Susan Eddy; Numa; Iowa.
  • Surrounded by wildflowers at the Little Log House Antique Power Show in Hastings, Minn., this ancient Hart-Parr wears the patina of age.
    Photo by Pam Olson; Kensett; Iowa.
  • Days of rain left mud everywhere at the Back to the Farm Reunion, Boonville, Mo., Sept. 8-11. Bob Egesdal uses his Allis-Chalmers tractor to pull a trailer loaded with engine owners and their gas engines to shelter.
    Photo by Janet Healy; Fulton; Mo.
  • Morgan Vig, Opal, S.D., and Robert Froning, Selby, S.D., dig potatoes with a 1951 Farmall H and ground-driven potato digger during the Coal Springs Threshing Bee in Meadow, S.D., during the last full weekend in September.
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  • Kevin Hembrough gets an assist from his granddad, Kevin Hembrough, as he starts an engine at Prairie Land Fall Festival & Steam Show, Jacksonville, Ill., Sept. 23-25.
    Photo by Janet Healy; Fulton; Mo.
  • During the 2016 Mid-Iowa Antique Power Show Aug. 6-8, west of Marshalltown, Iowa, volunteers from the Jasper County (Iowa) Museum remove the piston from their Minneapolis steam engine to check for a noise and had it running again a short time later.
    Photo by Ken Smith; Marshalltown; Iowa
  • Left to right: Jim Lovell, Dana Anderson and John Swanson with a John Deere 60, no. 227 corn picker and no. 50 sheller during the Camp Creek Threshers show, Waverly, Neb.
    Photo by Darin Anderson; Lincoln; Neb.
  • A John Deere 70 LP, driven by Blair Buffington at the Prairie Homestead Antique Power & Country Craft Show, Aug. 19-21, 2016, Belmond, Iowa.
    Photo by Kathleen Whitver; Belmond
  • This 1941 John Deere Model B with camper in tow makes a stop at the Badger Steam & Gas Assn.’s 53rd annual show in Baraboo, Wis., in August 2016. From there, owner Dewey Brooks, Wonewoc, Wis., heads for South Dakota, where he plans to celebrate the 75th birthday of his tractor (which was originally his dad’s tractor) and Mount Rushmore.
    Photo by Joe Stock, Lemont, Ill.
  • A long line of Case high-crop tractors makes for an impressive sight at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in September.
    Photo by Bob Hunnicutt; Washington; Ill.
  • Walter Piontkowski, Goodells, Mich., put a 1922 Model T truck with 4-wheel drive (owned by his cousin, Tony Osentoski, Marysvillle, Mich.) to work in this 2016 display at the St. Clair County (Mich.) Steam & Thresher Show in Goodells in August. The Model T has a gearbox on the front, driven from where the hand crank to start the engine would normally be. The cousins run a Hocking Valley sheller off one side of the gearbox and a David Bradley grinder off the other. The display featured 13 shellers from Walter’s collection.
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  • Walter Piontkowski, Goodells, Mich., put a 1922 Model T truck with 4-wheel drive (owned by his cousin, Tony Osentoski, Marysvillle, Mich.) to work in this 2016 display at the St. Clair County (Mich.) Steam & Thresher Show in Goodells in August. The Model T has a gearbox on the front, driven from where the hand crank to start the engine would normally be. The cousins run a Hocking Valley sheller off one side of the gearbox and a David Bradley grinder off the other. The display featured 13 shellers from Walter’s collection.
    Farm Collector Archives
  • This 1936 International Harvester truck, owned by Fran Pexa, Montgomery, Minn., brightens the landscape at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show in August.
    Photo by Jean Siirila; Wadena; Minn.
  • Carl Pletcher, Altoona, Ala., has seen engine and transmission “cutaways,” but never a tractor. He set to work to create one from this Ford 2N. Four years later, in 2016, the project is complete and on display at the Florida Flywheelers Show in Fort Meade, Fla.
    Photo by Janet Healy; Fulton; Mo.
  • This 1930 Case Model L, on display at the 2016 Tri-State Antique Power Assn. show in Gray, Tenn., is owned by Charles and Glenna Barkley, Limestone, Tenn.
    Photo by Steve Ritch; Inman; S.C.

Scent, sound, touch, sight: Many things spur memory, but few do it as quickly as a photo. Sometimes memories are even tangled up with photos, especially photos we look at again and again. Is it the event we remember, or the photo we’ve seen of the event?

In this issue, we are thrilled to share with you photos taken by Farm Collector readers, capturing highlights of the 2016 show season. As it turns out, our readers are very capable photographers, capturing everything from the action of threshing to the fun of parades to the simple camaraderie brought about by a mutual interest in old iron.

The number of photos submitted broke records this year, so we carved out a little additional space in this issue to accommodate the overflow. There still wasn’t enough space to use all of the photos we received, but this is the best of the batch.

Take a look at these shots: No matter where the mercury is in your thermometer on this winter day, you’re likely to conjure up the warmth of a summer day. Listen and you’ll hear the engines (and maybe even a PA announcement about a pickup parked in the wrong place!). Catch a whiff of smoke from a firebox; run your finger over the mirror-like finish on a restored tractor.



And just like that – you’re transported back to show season. Photos act like magic carpets that way. Settle in and enjoy the ride as you take one more look at show season 2016!



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