Show Season 2010 Photos

Photos from Show Season 2010, taken by Farm Collector readers


| February 2011



A Gaar-Scott 40 owned by Jerred Ruble, Hanlontown, Iowa, pulling a 14-bottom Oliver plow just before Steam Threshing Days at Heritage Park of North Iowa, Forest City

A Gaar-Scott 40 owned by Jerred Ruble, Hanlontown, Iowa, pulling a 14-bottom Oliver plow just before Steam Threshing Days at Heritage Park of North Iowa, Forest City. Shown here: Lawrence Swanz, Zimmerman, Minn., engineer, and Jerred as steerman. 

Photo by Eileen Ruble, Hanlontown, Iowa

If given only one word to describe the small mountain of photos submitted for the 2011 Show Photo Issue, you’d have to go short and sweet: fun.  

Certainly this year’s crop of photos – the biggest yet – showcases major restoration projects, projects that swallowed up time, money and hard work in insatiable gulps. You don’t see an immaculately restored steam engine or a tractor with sheet metal shining like a mirror without having a keen appreciation for the labor that went into it. Some of it’s fun, to be sure, but a lot of it is just plain old knuckle busting, gut wrenching and curse-inducing work.

But most of these photos are awash in fun: the camaraderie, orneriness, helpfulness, pleasure and surprise that mark every old engine and tractor show. Spend a bit of time with these photos and savor the moment captured: Traditions kept alive, new ones created; friends helping each other, friends admiring projects so recently completed that the paint’s still tacky. Feel the simple pleasure of watching young’ns grab hold of the hobby; the joy in seeing an old timer’s pride.

Need a reminder of what you love about this hobby? These photos should do it. Sit back, relax and enjoy these glimpses of Show Season 2010 captured by some of your friends: Farm Collector readers, having fun! FC 

(Click on the Image Gallery link to the right to see the collection of Show Season 2010 Photos)