The old valise was hauled out of the attic and given a good dusting in preparation for a trip to Shelton, Washington. First stop: the 2019 Northwest Regional Pioneer Power Show, July 12-14, hosted by EDGE&TA Branch 245. More on that in the next issue of Farm Collector!
Showcasing vintage forest, farm and maritime machinery of the Pacific Northwest, the offering in Shelton was fairly far off the beaten path for me – and what a thrill to see it! A lot of our readers comment on how much they enjoy the variety they find in Farm Collector, and I’m right in there with them. The geographic differences of this enormous country result in wildly varied and interesting collections of old iron.
Of course, we’re also looking forward to a return engagement at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, when we visit the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Aug. 28-Sept. 2. The Cast Iron Seat Collectors will be joining us “under the big tent” at Mt. Pleasant, and we’re excited to see what treasures they bring for display – as well as all the typically great displays there. If you’re in Mt. Pleasant over Labor Day weekend, be sure to stop by and say hello – and take a minute to register for prize drawings!
We’ll take in another show or two before winter – at which point we’re heading “down under,” where it’ll be summer! Our first-ever Farm Collector tour to New Zealand, set for Jan. 16-28, is filling quickly. The tour has been planned by Agrotours, a family-owned tour operator specializing in agricultural group tours. If you’re interested or need more information, call Elisabet Goodwyn at (888) 224-8687. Don’t dillydally: Registration deadline is Sept. 30.
Whether it’s down the road or halfway across the world, travel is a terrific way to broaden the mind and brush cobwebs off the old noggin. And membership in the old iron community serves as a calling card to friendly, interesting people all over. Through visits to shows and events here and abroad, we’ve enjoyed opportunities to meet new friends and learn about places far from home. Here’s hoping your summer includes a bit of time away. After all, if we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet!