Mystery Tools Contest

The Farm Collector tent at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion was buzzing with collectors intrigued by the mystery tool contest.


| December 2013



Mystery Tools Contestants

Visitors to the Farm Collector tent try their best to identify the mystery tools in the first ever "What Is It" contest.

Photo By Farm Collector Staff

Mystery tools were an irresistible attraction for hundreds of visitors to the Farm Collector tent during the 2013 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion held Labor Day weekend in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Thirty gadgets, gizmos and contraptions from the past were mounted on a display board; visitors were invited to enter the contest, identifying as many as they could. Audrey Roth and Frank Roth, Hawk Point, Mo., earned perfect scores.

The name of each tool was listed on a sheet of paper; contestants wrote in the number of the corresponding item from the display. Tools for the display were donated by Joe Lambert, Batesville, Ind.; Paul Fritch, Cleves, Ohio; Joe Greiwe, Batesville; and Bob Crowell (who also designed and built the display), Batesville.

Four contestants received honorable mentions for identifying all but two items correctly: Jeff Aswega, Ackley, Iowa; Dave Herman, Sigourney, Iowa; Bill McIntosh, Keosauqua, Iowa; and Katie Griffith, Ankeny, Iowa.

Congratulations to these winners and all who participated in our first ever “What Is It” contest: It was great fun for everyone! FC

Note: Try your hand at the "What Is It" contest by visiting the Image Gallery at the top of the page.