POWER SHOW AT ANTIQUE ACRES


| September/October 1977



Route 1, 7610 Waverly Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

Antique Acres, north of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was once again alive with activity during 1976. A new museum building provided 'something for everyone,' and with its newly panelled interior is the pride and joy of all the Antique Acres members. One of the main attractions in the museum is the 400-horse Murray Corliss, which was beautifully repainted by Mr. and Mrs. Marv Behrens of Stout, Iowa. When Andy Fischels, the chief engineer, starts it up, a large crowd draws near to watch.

Other attractions in the building include a merry-go-round steam engine owned by the Smolik Brothers, Osage, Iowa; a horse-drawn binder owned by Andy Fischels, Waterloo, Iowa; several walking plows, owned and beautifully restored by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eggar of Fredericka, Iowa; and many other pieces of machinery owned and restored by various members. An impressive display of household items, such as old kitchen stoves, a laundry stove, antique furniture, telephones, photographs, and other items of interest, captured the attention of the ladies.

A new and larger souvenir booth has been added to Antique Acres. Doris Pries of Bremer, Iowa does a great job of running the booth, and provides an extensive array of books, magazines, belt buckles, replicas of cast iron toys, and many other items for sale.

Several neighboring communities, such as Gilbertville, Reinbeck, Denver, Waverly, Raymond, Waterloo and Cedar Falls, were treated with a sample of Antique Acres last summer when John Ruth of Waverly, Iowa, took his float to centennial and bicentennial parades. This float is a real attention-getter always alive with activity and sound. It features an exhibit of gas engines of various sizes and types, a small steam engine, and old wash machines, all of which are running. Old time music provides an appropriate background.

Several tractor pulls were on Antique Acres' calendar in 1976 also, with both garden tractors and big tractors included. In addition, there was a class of antique tractors pulling. And a few times even the old steam engines, such as the Wood Brothers, owned by Andy Fischels and Sons, got into the act! Dale Hansen of Waterloo's KWWL-TV, announced all the pull-by-pull action.