Club to drive tractors
Over 200 red tractors driven by members of the International Harvester Collectors Club Chapter #5 will highlight the 32nd annual Albert City Threshermen & Collectors Show this year, as organizers are busy preparing for the annual event, which is a little over 60 days away.
Located two miles west and one-half mile north of Albert City, the event will take place from Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 11, and Karl Lind, one of nine board members who oversee the show, said he and the other 250 people who help with Threshermen's Days are looking forward to the festivities.
"We're excited about the show this year, because there are a lot of different and fun things going on," Lind said. "We've made contact with some new exhibitors, and there are going to be a number of attractions for people of all ages to see. We think it's going to be a good time."
"We're looking forward to observing people having a good time and enjoying themselves," Marlowe Feldman, organizing board president, said. "It's a lot of work for us, but it's worth it when people have a good time."
The feature presentation in 2002 will be from the IHCC group, which will fill the large Feature Building with a variety of group memorabilia and attractions, including pickups, milking machines and freezers. Organizers have spent the past two and a half years working to bring the International Harvester group to northwest Iowa, and Lind said the association's presence would have a positive impact on the show.
"We've been in the process of trying to get a feature that would attract a broad base of exhibitors and attendees, and the IH is an active group that will take in contacts and a number of exhibitors throughout the state and from surrounding states," Lind said. "Hosting a statewide event is a plus for us, because we'll be able to have visitors from a large area, and this will be unique for us too, because IH will bring in some unique attractions that we're really looking forward to having at the show."
"We've been planning this for some time, so we're excited about this," Feldman said. "We've put in a good deal of effort into this, and we think it's going to be fun for everybody to see."
There will also be a wide range of activities for people to enjoy in addition to the IH display at the Threshermen's show. A parade will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday, while the Farmall Promenade tractor dancers from Nemaha will perform on Sunday afternoon.
Visitors will be able to view four steam engines, seven large gas tractors and numerous regular-sized tractors on display at the show, and will be able to see many of them used for special demonstrations, including operating a saw mill, helping to run a threshing machine and plowing fields.
The annual kiddie tractor pull competition will take place on Saturday morning, while the tractor pull contest for adults will take place later that same day. In addition to toy and doll shows, there will also be a swap meet that will take place throughout the three-day event.
Entertainment for the event will be housed in a new 40 x 80 foot structure, which will replace the tents that had been previously used. Lind said the new building would be more comfortable for patrons and would be a better arena for both performers and audience during inclement weather.
"We think it will be a good building to use," Lind said. "It will handle inclement weather better, and it will also be open on the sides, so it will be pretty comfortable for people."
Lind said visitors to the event will also be able to ride around the grounds in two horse-drawn trolleys, replicas of coaches which would have been used to transport people around a century ago.
"It's something that helps people get around to the different events, and it also adds a little feel and nostalgia to it," Lind said. "They're covered and comfortable, and it gives people a chance to experience the different sights and sounds in a nostalgic way."
A campgrounds will be available for those wishing to stay for the whole weekend. There will be no electricity at the campground, but showers and restrooms will be available for patrons.