1515 Longfellow Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Our '88 Show turned out to be one of the best shows we have hosted. The weatherman was very good to us. He favored us with good weather through the 4 days, only giving us a dust settling shower early Saturday A.M. Our crowds were bigger and better every day.
Our featured equipment this past year was Rumely and Allis-ChalmeHrs, both very well represented. One of our founding fathers owns all sizes of Oil Pulls made. This is Stewart Fenton from Waterloo. My favorite of all his toys is the big 30-60. I really enjoy hearing this ol' girl bump-bump along. He keeps them tuned like a fine Elgin watch. We really want to thank the A.C. group for their fine display of the orange equipment. Mr. Vern Schields from Waverly, IA displayed his old crane that made Schields Bantams which is now Koehring crane. We used the crane to swing logs for the sawmill. It really added to the show. Due to the dry weather our oat crop left a little bit to be desired but we were still able to thresh. The Fischell family and their 18 HP Wood Bros, and Woods separator handled this chore, along with the Fowls family and their 16 HP Reeves and separator.
Our plowing went over real well this year. We always let the big Reeves break the furrow. It is owned by the Smolik brothers from Osage, IA and operated by that well known man of steam, Randy Schwerin, from Sumner, IA. The 110 HP Case put on a fine show on the brake, as well as the 14-14 bottom plow also owned by the Smolik brothers.
I will try to insert a little story about the 2 engineers on the 110 on Sunday afternoon: seems they had a little problem getting off the plowing field and on to the parade route. Someone's F-30 got in their way and also they tried to plow some logs instead of sawing them. No harm done and the crowd sure enjoyed it. After all that's what shows are all about anyway.
I would also like to thank John Schrock and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sommers for putting on some real fine entertainment on Saturday night around the bonfire. Really enjoyed by all who attended. Our antique tractor pull went over bigger and better this year. This just seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year. Thanks to all who help this thing keep getting better. The Rumelys owned by the Smolik brothers and the Bellinger family from Waterloo powered the sawmill this year. We also cooked various things in the smoke box of the Bellinger Rumely. This year it was ham on Saturday along with a big pot of beans and franks. On Sunday we cooked a turkey. If you have not tried this, try it, as it makes for some delicious eating. We just put a rack in the smoke box so what you're cooking is off the bottom about 3-4' and then wrap it real good with tin foil and just throw it in there and let it do its thing. The crowd always enjoys this, but when you first take it out they think you're not really going to eat that; it really looks bad. It comes out with the paper all black but when you get down to the finished product, boy, do they change their minds! You ought to hear all the oohing and aahing when they see how nice it looks inside and how good it smells!
It seems as though Tony Bellinger likes to ride the family's Advance Rumely. Tony told his dad, Dean, he wanted to ride, so Dad said to jump on. But look where he is riding--crazy kids!! People attending the show were surprised!
Rich Stavely from around Traer puts on a fine demonstration plowing and pulling bundle wagons with his Belgian horses. He gives kids and adults rides as well. I can remember when I was a kid and set straddled on these big giants. Boy! Do your legs hurt the next day!
We operated our own kitchen this year. From the comments I heard this really improved our show. Thanks to all who helped. Our flea market was bigger this year, it seems to grow more and more. We put on some free entertainment under our big top that is a real crowd pleaser. We have an accordion player, along with doggers and we had an 8-piece band from a nursing home. We also had a homemade pipe organ powered by a vacuum cleaner! This is really a big shot to the show. People enjoy coming in and sitting down relaxing listening to this. Thanks to my wife, Jan for handling this detail.
Our gas engine display just keeps getting bigger, pretty soon we'll have to make more room for them. Our feature equipment for our '89 show will be Case. Our show dates for '89 are August 24, 25, 26 and 27. Make our show your show. We will roll out the red carpet and make you feel right at home. Thanks to all who make our show a smashing success.