The Lou Kruger family of Columbia, Missouri, were with us again, and wonderful helpers, as usual. Some of our members were able to attend and enjoy their show this year. We really received a warm welcome from the people down there.
Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Harnish of Akron, Ohio, were here again with their watch fobs. Wonderful people!
So we want to express our sincere thanks to all of you. These are real show-people and enjoy every minute of it. What would a show be without your kind. We hope to see all of you back again in '71.
And now for what makes up the other half of a show - the machinery. Some of the show pieces new to us for the '70 show were as follows:
A Twin City Tractor restored by Harrold Pries. A real prize. A Wood Bros. 18 hp. Steamer, all repainted and in excellent condition by A. J. Fischels & Sons. A nice performer. A 50 ft. wind-mill and tower with an all aluminum painted wheel in red, white, and blue, and Antique Acres printed on the vane, by Mr. Louis Ohmes of Osage, Iowa. Also, a well for it by Mr. John Ruth of Waverly, Iowa. This is a drive point gravel well and is wonderful steam engine water. A John Deere G.P. tractor restored by Don Gibbons of Waterloo, Iowa. New paint job on Shelby and Dean Bellinger's Minneapolis and Rumely Steamers. 40-140 Reeves plow engine of the Smolik Bros, was a pleasure to see operate after a little assistance from Arnie Slyndy, who got the steam steering working again. Threshing was done with machines owned by John Sunder meyer, Bernard Skillen, Alfred Lindamen, and A. J. Fischels.
Mr. Flynn of Toledo, Iowa, sure had the sawmill humming. Bob Fischels was there with the 22 hp. Avery and the Don Deutch Rumely for power. Art Robinson and Cliff Johnston are the shingle makers.
Mr. Lou Kruger operated the Prony brake owned by the Smolik Bros.
The Smolik Bros, with their 40-140 Reeves and 110 Case pulling a 14 bottom plow, plowed almost 7 acres of stubble during the show, a nice job.
Then there is Ed Smolik with the Phoenix Logger Engine, 200 hp. with Louis Ohmes and the Kruger girls steering. This could have been a racing engine, because Ed sure loves to make her beller, and even the roosters have to scramble to get out of the way.
Always a big event is the daily parade under the direction of Parade Marshal, Don Gibbons, assisted by Shelby Bellinger MC, and Mr. Harrold Smith in charge of sound equipment. These people work hard at it and do an excellent job.
The sales booths, operated by the ladies of Antique Acres, are a point of interest for all ages. You can buy almost anything that fits well with this kind of show. There are all kinds of magazines, back issues of the various steam and gas magazines, subscriptions, buttons, and all kinds of novelties. A wonderful job was done by these girls.
Our flea market this year was the largest ever, one 40 by 100 ft. building full. You name it and they had it.
The old Blacksmith shop was visited by many people and brought back memories of the old days.
Then last, but not least, is the grave yard where you can find almost anything down there.
At the show this year, 13 Steamers, around 60 tractors, somewhere around 100 gas engines from hp. to 16 hp., horse-drawn implements galore.
We are having election of officers in Jan. 1971 and will set our 1971 show date. This is a great show and is getting larger every year. If you want to see it, come to Antique Acres, we may have it.
For next years show, a 35-70 Minneapolis Tractor being restored by John Sundermeyer, a 22-36 McCormick Deering by Don Gibbons, a 20 Cat by Harrold Pries, and so it goes, where it will stop, we don't know.
So remember, for a good time had by all, plan to attend our 1971 show, for one day or the whole four days. We have shaded camping grounds, picnic areas, modern restrooms with hot and cold showers, good home-cooked food in our eating tent, and many, many things planned for your enjoyment each year.
Bring your family out and meet our family at Antique Acres! On U.S. Hwy. 218, 4 miles North of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Open as a museum from June 1 to Oct. 1.