Farm Collector


Ralston, Iowa 51459

Aug. 18-19-20th, we were privileged to attend the Neil Miller
Steam Engine Show 5 miles west of Alden, Iowa. 15 traction engines,
of 9 makes, 20 to 30 gas engines were in operation. There was a
wonderful display of antiques and early day machinery. A parade was
held on Sunday afternoon and Lee Kline delivered sound of some
features of the show over WHO, Des Moines.

This is a fine show that is better and more interesting as the
years go by. There is a abundance of shade, a good place to relax
and to relive the scenes of a former era. Second to Mt. Pleasant,
this show has spanned more years, on the same location, than others
in Iowa.

Sept. l-2-3-4th, the action was on Antique Acres 4 miles north
on high way 218 out of Cedar falls. 10 traction engines and a hoist
engine were under steam. 43 gas engines in operation, two sawmills,
rock crusher, antique cars and fine display of old time farm
equipment. A replica of the river steam boats, the ‘Lady
Gay’, drew much interest. A parade was held daily. There was
plenty of action from good showpieces on the move and at work.

The nature of the soil allows action in most all kinds of
weather. Two large buildings provide shelter for equipment and for
concessions to be under cover. A show worth attending. Tentative
dates, Aug 30-31 Sept 1-2, Labor Day.

  • Published on Jul 1, 1968
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