Deer Creek Sodbusters 1991 SHOW


| March/April 1992



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10923 N. Mill Ct. #8 Omaha, Nebraska 68154

The 9th annual Deer Creek Sodbusters Antique Machinery Show was held on Sunday, August 11, 1991 at our show grounds south of Sterling, Nebraska. It turned out to be a rather pleasant day weather-wise for mid-August, which helped bring out the largest crowd we've ever had, both in terms of spectators and exhibitors.

Our show is only a one day event and is small in comparison to many antique shows held throughout Mid-America. But we feel that we have advantages that make our show different from other shows.

Our show is held on a real working farm which allows us the ground to conduct more actual field demonstrations, including those of draft horses working the field. The pace is less hectic than the bigger shows. This provides a more leisurely family type atmosphere, which adds to the viewing enjoyment of the crowd.

Our show began in August of 1983, as a neighborhood get-together of local antique enthusiasts, to have fun plowing a wheat stubble field with antique tractors. We had so much fun, we decided to make it an annual event. For those first few years, the show was known as the Wolff Brothers Plowing Bee, because it was sponsored by me and my brother, John Wolff, and featured primarily plowing. As the show grew both in size and popularity, it became necessary to form an antique association to handle the responsibility of putting it on.

In January, 1987, Deer Creek Sodbusters, Inc. was chartered as a Nebraska non-profit corporation. In the years since the Sodbusters took over the show, it has developed into a complete antique show with new features and exhibits being added every year. For our 1991 show, we introduced our sawmill as a new feature. It is a Belsaw mill, manufactured in the 1920's, for which we obtained the main 'parts' for $100.00 a couple of years ago. We finally got the frame work built and completed assembly the week before the show. We were still making 'adjustments' and 'fine tuning' the mechanisms right up to the show, but we were able to demonstrate it during the show and actually made lumber for the crowd out of some cedar logs.