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Threshermen volunteers hard at work for show

Monday, July 24, 2006

The heat beats down as the many local volunteers harvest the demonstration fields and scurry around preparing areas for scores of exhibits. The 36th annual Albert City Threshermen & Collectors Show is planned for August 11-13.

This year's show will feature Iowa-made Ferguson antique tractors and equipment along with countless demonstrations, shows, entertainers, food,parade and more.

Nothing collects dust at the historical site. The traditional equipment is out in the fields and volunteers are stacking the wheat for thrashing demonstrations by hand.

Karl Lind was one of the volunteers in the field this week, and also one of the original people to help set the show up 36 years ago to preserve a bit of Iowa's agrarian heritage.

"This show is a great way to show people an era that is no longer around," Lind said. "We have threshing that will be done by horses, then we have the steam engines, and on up to the classic equipment of the fifties."

It took two days of work with the antique machinery to get the job done, but the task keeps the old skills sharp.

The all volunteer force is made up of local farmers who love to get together and help lay the groundwork for a show that attracts thousands of guests each summer.

"These guys take time away from the farms to come out here and help," Lind said. "They do not get paid but they all help out wherever possible."

Even the old broom factory was bustling this week, producing some of its popular wares ahead to meet the demand.

"If we waited to the weekend of the show we would never have enough," Dean Sundblad said. "We start now and they will still sell out quickly."

According to Sundblad they can sell over 135 handcrafted brooms over the three days of the show. The brooms are handmade on site and visitors are often drawn to the open building to discover how they are made in old-world style.

"Each broom is a little different," Sundblad added. "I had one woman buy six of them, one for her and the rest for friends," Sundblad said. "I asked her why so many she told me that hers has never gone bad and all her friends wanted them too."