Show Report: Midwest Old Threshers 2012

| 12/11/2012 10:21:38 AM

“…funny thing happened on the way to the Old Thresher’s Reunion this year…” I made a detour and stopped at the Farm Progress show in Boone, Iowa. A monster of a show, Farm Progress is held in Boone, and alternates in Decatur, Illinois every other year. The Boone site has nearly 85 acres, and the show occupies an additional 300 acres for field demonstrations, plus 180 acres for visitor parking. And I think I parked on the 179th acre! The dates this year were August 28-30, 2012. Next year you can visit Decatur, Illinois on August 27-29, 2013 to see the show, and for more info you can go to

I didn’t spend enough time to see everything, but I got a taste of the show. Here’s one of our advertisers, Worthington, Ag Parts.
Show Report: Midwest Old Threshers 2012 

Several antique tractor clubs display their old iron on Antique Row.
Show Report: Midwest Old Threshers 2012 

I got to watch Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong on stage. 
Show Report: Midwest Old Threshers 2012 

Moving on to the Old Threshers Reunion down the road in Mt Pleasant, the show dates were August 30-September 3, 2012. As has been our tradition, Farm Collector and Gas Engine Magazine are represented in a big tent area set up just east of the Grandstand and the food building. (A very strategic placing for those of us who work the booth. It’s close by the delicious meals, rib eye sandwiches and ice cream, to make sure we keep our strength up!)
Show Report: Midwest Old Threshers 2012 

And the daily Cavalcade of Power parade participants motor right by our tent, so we get a great view! 
Show Report: Midwest Old Threshers 2012 


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