Tractor Show Photo Favorites

A collection of tractor show photos from the 2014 show season.

| February 2015

  • Isaac Jerrel
    Isaac Jerrel, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, learns about starting a stationary steam engine under the direction of Ed Hiller and Dan Daugherty, the museum's Area Coordinator, during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in September.
    Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
  • Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn. Steam Plowing & Threshing Show
    Case tractors and equipment are the feature at the 2014 Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn.'s Steam Plowing & Threshing Show in August in Marshalltown, Iowa.
    Photo by Ken Smith, Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Eight-horse hitch
    An eight-horse hitch driven by Clark Miller, Dumont, Iowa, moves a building on the grounds at Heritage Park of North Iowa during the 31st annual Steam Threshing Days show in September.
    Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa
  • 2014 Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn. Steam Plowing & Threshing Show
    A visitor from Australia and his friend pose for a picture that could have been taken 100 years ago. The photo is a souvenir of the 2014 Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn.'s Steam Plowing & Threshing Show in August in Marshalltown, Iowa.
    Photo by Ken Smith, Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Jackson and Emerson Little
    Twins Jackson and Emerson Little, sons of Ryan and Megan Little, check out the water hopper on a 1-1/2 hp Stover owned by their great-grandpa, Richard Hembrough, at the Prairie Land Heritage Museum's annual Steam Show & Fall Festival, Jacksonville, Ill., in September.
    Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
  • 1929 Minneapolis 39-57
    A bit of computer-generated wizardry makes father and daughter Jesse and Meagan Hiniker, Mankato, Minn., and a 1929 Minneapolis 39-57 owned by her grandfather (Dwight Yaeger, also of Mankato) stand out from the crowd at the 41st annual LeSueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show in August.
    Photo by Dave Preuhs, Le Sueur, Minn.
  • Nick Raudabaugh
    Nick Raudabaugh and his son, Landon, share a moment in time as they watch Dale and Brian Anderson shredding corn with a McCormick-Deering steel husker/shredder during the Andersons' Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing show in Rush City, Minn., in September.
    Photo by Judy Anderson, Rush City, Minn.
  • Travis Benner
    Travis Benner and his Alamo engine at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in September.
    Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa
  • Aultman-Taylor engine
    An exhibitor starts this Aultman-Taylor at the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Assn.'s 51st Anniversary of "Back to the Farm" Reunion in Boonville, Mo., in September.
    Photo by Melanie Boone, Macon, Mo.
  • Steam Threshing Days show
    Two steam engines pull plows at the Heritage Park of North Iowa 31st annual Steam Threshing Days show in Forest City, Iowa, in September.
    Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa
  • Richard Hembrough and Mike Healy
    Two heads are better than one: Richard Hembrough and Mike Healy work on the ignition on Richard's 2-1/2 hp Rock Island during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in September.
    Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
  • Evans Mfg. engine
    An engine built by Evans Mfg., Butler, Penn., on display at the 19th annual Eliot (Maine) Antique Tractor & Engine Show in July.
    Photo by Woody Cone, Rochester, N.H.
  • Kevin Hembrough
    Kevin Hembrough has been around gas engines since he was born. Here, he is trying to start a 3 hp John Deere engine owned by his great-grandpa, Richard Hembrough, during the annual Mark Twain Old Threshers Reunion, Paris, Mo. Kevin is the son of Richard and Sheila Hembrough.
    Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
  • A shoeing demonstration
    Jonathon Yoder, a farrier from southern Iowa, demonstrates horseshoeing at the 2014 Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn.'s Steam Plowing & Threshing Show, Marshalltown, Iowa, in August.
    Photo by Ken Smith, Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Eli Eddy
    Eli Eddy, son of Chris and Penny Eddy, prepares to fill the oiler before starting a 25 hp Superior at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in September. The engine is owned by Chris, James, and George Eddy.
    Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
  • Avery Brockmeyer
    Avery Brockmeyer with his engine display at a show near Blue Grass, Iowa.
    Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa
  • Harold and Brian Flatmoe with Wade and Pearl Hofer
    Harold Flatmoe and Brian Flatmoe (on the binder), both of Meadow, S.D., with Harold's father's International Harvester binder, and Wade and Pearl Hofer on Pearl's father's Farmall B, binding this year's wheat crop. The demonstration is part of the 2014 Coal Springs Threshing Bee near Meadow, S.D., Sept. 26-28.
    Photo by Wade Hofer, Meadow, S.D.
  • Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. show
    A Ford tractor on display at the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. show, Portland, Ind., in August.
    Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa
  • Galion grader
    A Galion grader on display at the 19th annual Eliot (Maine) Antique Tractor & Engine Show in July.
    Photo by Woody Cone, Rochester, N.H.
  • A couple in a two-seater Doodlebug
    A couple uses a two-seater Doodlebug to make the rounds at the 19th annual Eliot (Maine) Antique Tractor & Engine Show in July.
    Photo by Woody Cone, Rochester, N.H.
  • Jewell County Antique Farm MAchinery Show and Threshing Bee
    The tractor display at the 37th annual Jewell County Antique Farm Machinery Show &Threshing Bee, Mankato, Kan., in July.
    Photo by Larry Young, Abilene, Kan.
  • Sara Thomsen
    Sara Thomsen, age 8, Pierce, Neb., gives her full attention to the business of filling the oiler on a 6 hp Gade engine at the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn.'s 30th annual Steam Plowing & Threshing Show, Marshalltown, Iowa, in August. The Gade is owned by Sara's grandfather, Gene Thomsen, Plainview, Neb.
    Photo by Jennifer Thomsen, Pierce, Neb.
  • International Harvester tractors
    International Harvester tractors are in no short supply at the 25th annual Prairie Homestead Antique Power Tractor Show in Belmond, Iowa, in August.
    Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa
  • Woody and Shirley Penor in a covered wagon
    Woody and Shirley Penor arrive at the Coal Springs Threshing Bee, Meadow, S.D., by covered wagon. The Penors were participating in the Coal Springs Wagon Train in the days leading to the tractor show in late September.
    Photo by Wade Hofer, Meadow, S.D.
  • Young man proposing
    At the intersection of old iron and young love: After a young man proposes to his sweetheart in front of the grandstand during a parade at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in September, the couple seals the deal with a kiss.
    Photo by John Jensen, Knoxville, Iowa
  • Bruce Flatmoe
    Bruce Flatmoe, Minneapolis, driving his cross-motor Case in the parade at the Coal Springs Threshing Bee near Meadow, S.D., Sept. 26-28.
    Photo by Wade Hofer, Meadow, S.D.
  • Larry Angell
    Larry Angell, Cawker City, Kan., drives his John Deere manure spreader "limo" in the Old Settlers Day Parade, Smith Center, Kan., in September.
    Photo by Larry Young, Abilene, Kan.
  • Gary Nelson
    Gary Nelson makes adjustments to his stationary gas engine during the Andersons' Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing show in Rush City, Minn., in September.
    Photo by Judy Anderson, Rush City, Minn.
  • 1937 Case CCS
    A rare 1937 Case CCS is displayed by Fred and Larraine Etnier, Collins, Iowa, at the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn.'s Steam Plowing & Threshing Show in August in Marshalltown, Iowa.
    Photo by Ken Smith, Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Dale Anderson
    Dale Anderson works on the hayloader at the Andersons' Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing show in Rush City, Minn., in September.
    Photo by Judy Anderson, Rush City, Minn.
  • Marvin Hedberg
    Marvin Hedberg with the 1/2-scale Phoenix steam logger he built, at Andersons' Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing show in Rush City, Minn., in September.
    Photo by Judy Anderson, Rush City, Minn.
  • Antique locomotive
    Antique locomotives run on regular schedules at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
    Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
  • Massey-Harris tractors
    A line-up of Massey-Harris tractors at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in September.
    Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa
  • A pair of Stickney engines
    Not one but two Stickney engines at a show near Ceresco, Neb.
    Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa
  • Gade engine display
    A display of Gade engines at the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn.'s 30th annual Steam Plowing & Threshing Show, Marshalltown, Iowa, in August. The display is the work of members of the Thomsen family: Gene and Velma Thomsen, Plainview, Neb.; David and Jennifer Thomsen, Pierce, Neb., and Kristi and Casey Anderson, Wayne, Neb.
    Photo by Jennifer Thomsen, Pierce, Neb.

  • Isaac Jerrel
  • Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn. Steam Plowing & Threshing Show
  • Eight-horse hitch
  • 2014 Mid-Iowa Antique Power Assn. Steam Plowing & Threshing Show
  • Jackson and Emerson Little
  • 1929 Minneapolis 39-57
  • Nick Raudabaugh
  • Travis Benner
  • Aultman-Taylor engine
  • Steam Threshing Days show
  • Richard Hembrough and Mike Healy
  • Evans Mfg. engine
  • Kevin Hembrough
  • A shoeing demonstration
  • Eli Eddy
  • Avery Brockmeyer
  • Harold and Brian Flatmoe with Wade and Pearl Hofer
  • Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. show
  • Galion grader
  • A couple in a two-seater Doodlebug
  • Jewell County Antique Farm MAchinery Show and Threshing Bee
  • Sara Thomsen
  • International Harvester tractors
  • Woody and Shirley Penor in a covered wagon
  • Young man proposing
  • Bruce Flatmoe
  • Larry Angell
  • Gary Nelson
  • 1937 Case CCS
  • Dale Anderson
  • Marvin Hedberg
  • Antique locomotive
  • Massey-Harris tractors
  • A pair of Stickney engines
  • Gade engine display

When we asked readers to send their favorite photos from Show Season 2014, we counted on seeing some great shots of old iron: engines, tractors, implements. What we hadn’t counted on were the family ties, ties that wrap around this hobby as surely as a ribbon around a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

In the following pages, you’ll see some fine amateur photography. You’ll see engines and tractors from all over the country. You’ll see photos of antique equipment being put through its paces. And in many photos, you’ll see every conceivable family connection. Some of the best show family members with family heirlooms.

There is a fair amount of worry throughout this hobby about the dearth of young folks involved in shows and clubs. But as photos in this issue show, old iron is an activity that brings families together as perhaps little else does these days. When you start ‘em out while they’re still in diapers, they’re pretty much hooked for life.

And why not? This is a hobby that offers something for everyone. There are collectors and tinkerers, volunteers and builders, cooks and drivers and ticket-takers. Check out the photos in the following pages, and enjoy the family ties that hold this hobby together! FC