Show Stoppers

Farm Collector readers share their favorite views of the 2008 show season

| February 2009

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    Fred Fatura, Elsie, Mich., with his “granddaughter, buddy and helper” Emma Fatura on the 1920 Samson Model M he restored. Fred drove the Samson in the Shepardsville, Mich., July 4 parade. Photo by Renae Fatura, Elsie, Mich.
  • MtRainier.jpg
    Mt. Rainier provided a scenic backdrop for the tractor display at the Toledo (Wash.) Threshing Bee Aug. 23-24. This 1949 John Deere H was exhibited at the show by Fred and Vicki Taylor, Woodland, Wash. The Taylors are members of the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Assn., Branch 23, EDGE&TA. Photo by Sarah Floyd, Camas, Wash.
  • RumelyOilPullModelE.jpg
    A Rumely OilPull Model E (owned by Jerred Ruble, Hanlontown, Iowa) pulling a gang plow turns new ground and draws a crowd of fascinated followers during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual Steam Threshing Days, Swap Meet and Craft Show Sept. 19-21 near Forest City. Tractor operators: Justin Click, Lake Station, Ind., and Jerred Ruble. Photo by Steve Barr, Downers Grove, Ill.; reprinted with permission.
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    Taking a break: Keith Huwaldt and his wife, Virginia, enjoy a bit of kettle corn during the Pierce (Neb.) Old Time Threshing Bee Sept. 13-14. Keith is in charge of the bee’s oat cutting and threshing demonstrations. Photo by Peggy Christensen, Randolph, Neb.
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    Left: Charli Eddy and Brandon Lyons investigate a rock crusher at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in late August. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
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    Above: A plowing demonstration during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
  • Pressingsorghum.jpg
    Pressing sorghum with power from a 1/2-scale Avery (owned by Harold Swartzrock and engineered by Gerald Holms) at the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
  • JohnBowerSulkies.jpg
    John Bower built two sulkies to use in towing his tractors to local shows, as shown here. “At this show some John Deere guys were taunting a Farmall man,” John’s father, Robert, explains. “When John pulled in, the Farmall man said ‘Ha! Look at that: He’s pulling one and pushing one.’” Photo by Robert Bower, Kingston, Ohio.
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    Al Barkl, Elko, Nev., mowing alfalfa (the third cutting, in mid-September) with his Super H and John Deere No. 5 mower.
  • CarolynMehefee.jpg
    Left: At the International Harvester Red Power Round-Up held in June in Columbia, Mo., Carolyn Mehefee, Mt. Crawford, Va., chauffeured her husband, Robert, around the grounds on the tractor he restored for her. Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
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    Perry and Amber Shane pitched oats bundles into their Oliver Red River Special threshing machine during the Vintage Equipment in Action Day held in September near Atkinson, Neb. Their Oliver/Hart-Parr 18-27 is hooked to the bundle rack. Photo by Paul Poessnecker, Atkinson, Neb.
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    Above: A line-up of vintage threshing machines displayed at the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa.
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    Left: A 1951 Allis-Chalmers G owned and restored by Morry Stamp, Vancouver, Wash., with Mt. St. Helens in the background. The tractor was on display at the Toledo (Wash.) Threshing Bee held Aug. 23-24. Morry is a member of the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Assn., Branch 23, EDGE&TA. Photo by Sarah Floyd, Camas, Wash.
  • LarryLucke.jpg
    Above: With a little help from a friend: Larry Lucke prepares to start his 25 hp IHC Titan with an assist from Jerry Balvin at a Ceresco, Neb., show. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
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    Plowing with a 1/2-scale Case steam engine and plow owned and engineered by Nicholas Swanz, Zimmerman, Minn., during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
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    Below: Bundles in the oat field were loaded onto two racks in preparation for the Pierce (Neb.) Old Time Threshing Bee Sept. 13-14. Photo by Virginia Huwaldt, Randolph, Neb.
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    Putting on a show is a lot of work, much of which precedes the event. Here, volunteers work to shock oats for use at the Pierce (Neb.) Old Time Threshing Bee Sept. 13-14. Photo by Virginia Huwaldt, Randolph, Neb.
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    A John Deere 3-row lister with damming units owned by Larry Young, Abilene, Kan., displayed at Old Settler’s Day Sept. 27, Smith Center, Kan. Photo by Larry Young, Abilene, Kan.
  • SparksfromaSteamEngine.jpg
    At shows, things don’t always go according to plan. Sparks from a steam engine ignited the contents of two hay wagons and a log pile during the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show. The wagons and their contents were destroyed, but the fire was brought under control by the Forest City Volunteer Fire Department and no other property was damaged. Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa.
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    Home cookin’: Richard Hembrough cooked hard-boiled eggs in the hopper of his gas engine at the International Harvester Red Power Round-Up June 11-14, Columbia, Mo. The eggs were ready in 10 minutes. Photo by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
  • AllisChalmersdelegation.jpg
    Left: This Allis-Chalmers delegation (all from the collection of Sheridan and Annette Hansen) made a strong showing at the Iron County, Utah, county fair parade in Parowan on Sept. 1. Left to right: a 1939 WC high-crop driven by event chairman Sheridan Hansen; a 1948 B driven by his daughter, KathiJo Smith; and a 1948 C driven by McCall Williams and Kylee Smith (Sheridan’s granddaughter). Photo by Annette Hansen, Cedar City, Utah.
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    Mike Healy, James Eddy, and Kevin, Logan and Richard Hembrough using one engine to start another during a steam show in Jacksonville, Ill. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
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    Right: Rex Lucke and Dale Hensel watch a 2 hp vapor-cooled Waterloo gas engine in operation at a Ceresco, Neb., show. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
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    Andy Gortsema, Fairfield, Wash., at the wheel of a 1941 John Deere Model H equipped with Riblet “square wheels,” one of only two “square wheel” tractors known to exist. The tractor was displayed at the Garfield County Fair, Pomeroy, Wash., Sept. 13. Photo by David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.
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    A spark show at dusk lights up the sky. Here, an 18 hp Avery owned by Jerred Ruble, Hanlontown, Iowa, puts on a show at the Heritage Park of North Iowa 25th annual show Sept. 19-21, near Forest City. Photo by Jon Beilke, White Bear Lake, Minn.
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    Richard Hembrough shows his son, Kevin, a 1 hp IHC at a Jacksonville, Ill., show. Photo by Susan Eddy, Numa, Iowa.
  • MatterofDelicateBalance.jpg
    It’s a matter of delicate balance, as these competitors found in garden tractor teeter-totter games at the third annual Fall Harvest Days and Pumpkin Festival held Oct. 4-5 at Sherrill, Iowa. Photo by Janet Spoerl, Dubuque, Iowa.
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    Below: Farmall was the show feature at Waukee, Iowa, last summer, where this display of pedal tractors was spotted. Photo by Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa.

  • FredFatura.jpg
  • MtRainier.jpg
  • RumelyOilPullModelE.jpg
  • KeithHuwaldtandhiswife.jpg
  • APlowingDemonstration-1.jpg
  • APlowingDemonstration.jpg
  • Pressingsorghum.jpg
  • JohnBowerSulkies.jpg
  • AlBarkl.jpg
  • CarolynMehefee.jpg
  • PerryandAmberShane.jpg
  • ALineupofVintage.jpg
  • LarryLucke-1.jpg
  • LarryLucke.jpg
  • 25thAnnualShow.jpg
  • LarryLucke-2.jpg
  • VolunteersWork.jpg
  • JohnDeere3rowLister.jpg
  • SparksfromaSteamEngine.jpg
  • HomeCookingbyRichard.jpg
  • AllisChalmersdelegation.jpg
  • MikeJamesandKevin.jpg
  • AllisChalmersdelegation-1.jpg
  • AndyGortsema.jpg
  • ASparkShowatDusk.jpg
  • RichardandKevin.jpg
  • MatterofDelicateBalance.jpg
  • Farmall.jpg

Iron and irony exist in equal measure in this year's edition of the annual Show Photo issue. Iron, of course, is a big part of the make-up of much of the subject material. And irony? More than half of these photos of antiquated farm equipment were taken with digital cameras.

For more than a century, of course, we fed our cameras a steady diet of film. In the context of these photos, that fact contains a bit of irony as well: A critical component of film - a purified version of edible gelatin made from animal hides and bones - generated farm and ranch income. Today, of course, the digital camera has taken over.

Today amateur photographers happily fill cards with digital images. The camera spits out a piece of plastic scarcely bigger than a 50-cent piece; next thing you know an image appears on the computer screen. Press another key and the image flies across the country to Uncle Bob's computer through, as the magician used to say, "thin air."

Much changes; much does not. Our heads are left spinning by the rapid advance of technology. But the magic of the photograph not only endures, it triumphs, really. All this newfangled technology, after all, exists to elevate the lowly photo, not replace it. What else can capture a scene with such immediacy or communicate an emotion so vividly? Take some time to savor these seven pages of photos of the 2008 show season and relive the magic!



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