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Show season ’21 comes roaring back to life after schedule interruptions in 2020

restored-train
by Tom Gerow Jr., Cary, N.C.
The restored train that runs the perimeter of the Denton (N.C.) Farm Park has been repainted into the heritage High Point, Thomasville and Denton Railroad paint scheme. The train is shown here on July 3, during the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion.

After the pandemic-related cancellations of the 2020 show season, the 2021 season seemed bigger and better than ever. The prevailing mood can only be described as pure pleasure. Many shows truly became reunions, as friends reconnected after a year’s absence.

And the pieces on display? It’s as though we saw them through new eyes. The old relics from the past seemed to have a new glow. Before the pandemic, some of us had begun to take these treasures almost for granted. And who could blame us?

When you’re immersed in a hobby like old iron, it’s only natural to focus on the hottest new find, the shiny “new” thing. In fact, between rapidly evolving ag technology, changing farm practices, the dwindling number of family farms and the scrap drives of the World War II years, it’s a wonder that any of this stuff survived, let alone became prized collectibles.

It may have been a long time since a worn-out old thing from the farm really captured your imagination. It’s a useful exercise to step back and remember your introduction to orchard tractors or hog oilers, self-regulating sectional windmills or husking pegs, early gas engines and steam engines, power plants and hay tools.

As these photos attest, each old treasure is special. These pieces are survivors. They teach us lessons; they hold cautionary tales. And they help us remember. Enjoy your trip down memory lane as you peruse the show photos of 2021!

john-deere-g

Image: by Jackie Bell, White Bluff, Tenn.

This 1950 John Deere Model G was restored by the Liberty Union FFA chapter in Ohio and donated to the Classic Green Reunion. It will be raffled at the 2023 Classic Green Reunion in Lebanon, Tenn. The tractor is shown here on display at the Discovery Park of America Tractor Show in Union City in August.

grandfather-grandchild

Image: by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.

Allisson Hembrough gives her granddad, Ryan Hembrough, a hand as he prepares to start his engine at the 58th annual Missouri River Valley Steam Engine “Back to the Farm” Reunion, held Sept. 9-12 in Boonville, Mo.

2106-farmall

Image: by Jackie Bell, White Bluff, Tenn.

This 1206 Farmall, owned by Danny Thompson, Boaz, Ky., was among the tractors displayed at the Discovery Park of America Tractor Show in Union City, Tenn. The show is held annually on the first Friday and Saturday in August. 

farmall-a

Image: by Glenda Whitesell, Tipton, Ind.

Larry Whitesell (left) and his brother, Jerry Whitesell, at the Half Century of Progress 2021 Show in Rantoul, Ill. “The Farmall A belonged to my late father-in-law, Vernon Coe,” Larry says, “and I had just finished restoring it. What a great show: Nothing really compares to Half Century!” 

manufacturer-plate

Image: by Tom Gerow Jr., Cary, N.C.

The simple artistry of vintage manufacturers’ plates glows in this photo taken at the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion at Denton (N.C.) Farm Park in July.

black-stripe-international-harvester

Image: by Tom Gerow Jr., Cary, N.C.

This “black stripe” International Harvester 766 was on display at the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion at Denton (N.C.) Farm Park in July.

maytag-engine

Image: by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.

In 1971, Kevin Hembrough painted and fixed up this Maytag engine and started showing it with his dad, Richard. Fifty years later, Kevin’s grandson, Christopher Hembrough, ran it at the 41st annual Macon County Flywheel & Collectibles Club Show, Macon, Mo., July 22-25. Christopher is the son of Ryan and Becky Hembrough, Jacksonville, Ill.

russel-engines

Image: by Melissa Gregg, Cleveland, Ohio.

Russells rule at the 50th annual LaGrange Engine Club Show, Wellington, Ohio, in September. Left to right: 30hp Russell owned by the Johnson family, 19hp Russell owned by the Waines family, 18hp Russell owned by the Hummel family and a 20hp Russell owned by the Lashaway family.

birds-eye-view

Image: by Mickey Sullivan, Le Sueur, Minn.

A bird’s-eye view of threshing at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show. Here, a 36-inch Minneapolis with wing feeders is powered by a 1917 16hp Minneapolis steam engine.

Image: by Jeff Boyer, Farmland, Ind.

Part of the gas engine display at the Randolph County Antique Club Tractor, Gas Engine and Equipment Show held in Winchester, Ind., in July.

caterpillar-thirty

Image: by Galynn Ferris, Montgomery, Texas.

Young Miss Harper Walker is having the time of her life riding shotgun with her grandpa, Jim Clark, aboard his Caterpillar Thirty at the Texas Early Day Tractor & Engine Assn. Show in Temple, Texas, in October.

horse-teams

Image: by Beth Coyel, Apple Valley, Minn.

Five teams of horses operate the horse power that in turn provides power for an 1898 Case Agitator hand-feed thresher at the 48th annual Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show in July.

international-harvester

Image: by Melissa Gregg, Cleveland, Ohio.

An International Harvester in its work clothes at the 50th annual LaGrange Engine Club Show, Wellington, Ohio, in September.

american-flag

Image: by Jeff Boyer, Farmland, Ind.

A mammoth American flag flies over the Randolph County Antique Club Tractor, Gas Engine and Equipment Show in Winchester, Ind., in July.

john-deere-a

Image: by Jim Stover, Nappanee, Ind.

An unusual hook-up to a dynamometer: five unstyled John Deere Model A tractors, each working the dyno at the same time. Four were belted and one was PTO-driven. “At the time I viewed the hp output gauge, it read 71hp,” says Jim Stover, Nappanee, Ind. “Not bad for five tractors all over 80 years old and rated at around 12hp each.” The dyno was put through its paces at the Nappanee Apple Festival held by the Nappanee Power from the Past club on their grounds west of Nappanee.

allis-chalmers-g

Image: by Tracy Fletcher, Sistersville, W.Va.

This 1948 Allis-Chalmers Model G belongs to William Ingram. “This is my 89-year-old father’s tractor,” says Tracy Fletcher. “We enjoy taking it to local festivals and shows. The (Midwest) loader is rare.”

rainbow

Image: by Blaine Horrocks, Neola, Utah.

A collection of 16 antique tractors is wrapped in a rainbow in this photo taken near Neola, Utah, in August 2017. “We really do not get a lot of rain around here, so a picture like this is wonderful to have,” says Blaine Horrocks.

block-couple

Image: by Beth Coyel, Apple Valley, Minn.

Wayne and Karen Block have been a fixture for many years at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show, where they produce shingles for sale.

john-deere-50

Image: by Rachael Granatir, Irondale, Ohio.

This 1953 John Deere 50 and McCormick-Deering binder were put through their paces at the Glenn family harvest and threshing event at Owl Town Farm, Irondale, Ohio.

caterpillar-ten

Image: by Galynn Ferris, Montgomery, Texas.

Tom Pfeifer, Prosper, Texas, at the controls of his Caterpillar Ten during the Texas Early Day Tractor & Engine Assn. Show in Temple, Texas, in October.

print-shop

Image: by Beth Coyel, Apple Valley, Minn.

The Print Shop is always busy – and especially the linotype machine with all its moving parts – as seen here at the 48th annual Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show in July.

scale-model-case

Image: by Harold Hopkins, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Steve Stratman’s recently acquired scale-model Case steam engine on display at the 2021 Milberger Farms Show in Pueblo, Colo.

case-road-replica

Image: by Norm Hays, Vernon, Colo.

Kory Anderson’s replica 150 Case Road Locomotive dwarfs this 1921 automobile at the 67th annual Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Show in Bird City, Kan., in July. The four-door, 6-cylinder Case Phaeton, owned by Norm and Diane Hays, Vernon, Colo., is driven by their son-in-law Greg Fritz, Centennial, Colo.

reeves-emmerson-brantingham

Image: by Beth Coyel, Apple Valley, Minn.

A rare 1913 Reeves/Emerson Brantingham wooden corn sheller makes its debut at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show in July.

pedal-pull

Image: by Elaine Anderson, Newark, Ill.

Lucas Anderson, son of Ryan and Carrie Anderson, Newark, Ill., gives 100 percent in the pedal pull at the 50th annual Sandwich Early Day Engine Club Show in Sandwich, Ill., in late June. Club President Bud Forrer, Shabbona, Ill., is shown here giving gentle direction.

carnival-ride

Image: by David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.

Seen at the Nez Perce County Fair in Lewiston, Idaho, in late September, this six-sided carnival ride features six pedal tractors (engineered so riders can pedal and steer) on a merry-go-round. The ride is flanked by six panels, each bearing a different message praising the American farmer. Each of the six augers are from different manufacturers, and the entire display is topped by a windmill. “One of the best ag displays I have seen in a long time,” says David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.

antique-tractor-funeral

Image: by Dean McCloskey, Kokomo, Ind.

Antique tractors lined part of the funeral procession route for fallen soldier Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, Logansport, Ind., one of the last American soldiers killed during the evacuation of Afghanistan. In tribute, the Tip Wa Antique Tractor & Engine Club suspended normal activities on the day of his return. “That day was not about tractor shows,” says Dean McCloskey. “It was about being American.” More than 9,000 motorcycles participated in the procession.

bush-hog-d410

Image: by Dean McCloskey, Kokomo, Ind.

Displayed in the garden tractor area at the Tip Wa Antique Tractor and Engine Show in Walton, Ind., in September: a very nice original Bush Hog D410 owned by Tim Sullivan, Walton, Ind.

bundle-crew

Image: by Beth Coyel, Apple Valley, Minn.

The bundle-loading crew takes a break on a hot July day at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show.

erie-steam-shovel

Image: by Tom Gerow Jr., Cary, N.C.

This Erie steam shovel was put through its paces at the Southeast Old Threshers Reunion at Denton (N.C.) Farm Park in July.

farmall-b

Image: by Dean McCloskey, Kokomo, Ind.

Assisted by Wyatt Reynolds, Walton, Ind., and Allen McCloskey, Galveston, Ind., Gil Zimmerman, Logansport, Ind., buzzes slab wood with his Farmall B powering the saw at the Tip Wa Antique Tractor and Engine Show in in Walton, Ind., in September.

Image: by Dean McCloskey, Kokomo, Ind.

Dyno testing is a big attraction at the Tip Wa Antique Tractor and Engine Show in Walton, Ind., in September. “Everyone wants to see how much horsepower their tractor develops,” says Dean McCloskey. Here, Rollo Trent, Converse, Ind., tests the “Cornvette” (an International 1466) owned by Jamie Jackson, Galveston, Ind.

rocking-horse

Image: by Gerald McCool, Minden, Iowa.

Charlene McCool, Minden, Iowa, relives her childhood at the 50th annual Albert City (Iowa) Threshermen and Collectors Show in August.

1/2-scale-case

Image: by Steve Loween, Pine City, Minn.

Stephanie Nelson, North Branch, Minn., keeps a firm grip on the steering wheel of this 1/2-scale Case steam engine during a spin around the grounds of the 32nd annual Andersons Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing Show in Rock Creek, Minn., in September. At right: Jeff Nelson, North Branch, Minn.

sandwich-engine

Image: by Elaine Anderson, Newark, Ill.

Richard Anderson, Newark, Ill., tends to his 6hp Sandwich engine at the 50th annual Sandwich Early Day Engine Club Show in Sandwich, Ill., in late June.

mccormick-deering-galloway

Image: by Steve Loween, Pine City, Minn.

A McCormick-Deering stationary engine and a Galloway, both handsomely restored, on display at the 32nd annual Andersons Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing Show in Rock Creek, Minn., in September. The engines belong to the Skoglund family, Barnum, Minn.

starting-gas-engine

Image: by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.

William Folta had fun at the 44th annual Montgomery County Old Threshers Show in Montgomery City, Mo., Aug. 20-22. Attending the show with his dad, Michael Folta, he’s shown here starting a gas engine.

sandwich-hay-press

Image: by Joe Richmond

Dave Thompson, Beresford, S.D., with his finely restored Sandwich hay press at the 50th annual Sandwich Early Day Engine Club Show in Sandwich, Ill., in late June.

new-way-engine

Image: by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.

Jerry Coram prepares to start his New Way engine at the 44th annual Montgomery County Old Threshers Show in Montgomery City, Mo., Aug. 20-22.

waterloo-boy-engine

Image: by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.

Kevin Hembrough helps his grandson and namesake, Kevin Hembrough, start a Waterloo Boy gas engine that belongs to the elder Hembrough at the 52nd annual Prairie Land Heritage Museum Institute Steam Show & Fall Festival in Jacksonville, Ill., Sept 24-26.

loreli-stratman-kids

Image: by Steve Stratman, Pueblo, Colo.

What can girls do? What can boys do? When Brooklyn Benesch (on the ground, right) announces her intention to be president someday, the conversation, presided over by Loreli Stratman (standing, right), grows animated. The children were attending the Yesteryear Farm Show in Longmont, Colo., in August.

spark-plug-display

Image: by Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.

David Burlingame and Rick Cicciarella check out Gene Isenga’s sparking display at the Spark Plug Collectors of America exhibit at the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor show, Aug. 25-28, in Porland, Ind.

ingeco-engine

Image: by Steve Stratman, Pueblo, Colo.

Front Range Power Assn. member Stan Gaknik, Puebo, Colo., starts his 2-1/2hp Ingeco engine at the Colorado State Fair in in Pueblo, Colo.

gibson-tractors

Image: by Steve Stratman, Pueblo, Colo.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the formation of Gibson Mfg. Co. in Longmont, Colo., Gibson tractors were featured at the Yesteryear Farm Show held there last summer.

gf-3-forklift

Image: by Laurie Stratman

This 1951 GF-3 forklift, owned by Steve Stratman, Pueblo, Colo. (shown here), was part of the Yesteryear Farm Show in Longmont, Colo., in August. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the formation of Gibson Mfg. Co. in Longmont, the show drew more than 40 Gibson displays, including this forklift and a tug.

Updated on Jan 10, 2022  |  Originally Published on Jan 9, 2022

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