AC Threshermen plan 33rd anniversary show

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

The past will come to life again this summer, when the Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show will celebrate its 33rd anniversary with a big celebration August 8-10.

The 2003 show will feature Oliver tractors and equipment as the theme machines, plus a recreation of the old-time "Hart Parr Strap Test." The Iowa Cornbelt Chapter of the Hart Parr Oliver Collectors Association summer convention will also be located at the festival this year.

The Threshermen's site is located 2 miles west and 1/2 mile north of Albert City on Hwy. M54 or 2 1/2 miles north from Hwy. 3 on M54. There is free parking and on-site camping. Call 712-843-2076 for more information.

Gates for the show will open at 7 a.m. daily. Admission is $5, or $10 for a season pass, with children under 12 admitted free to the event.

Regularly scheduled events include an opening ceremony (9:00 a.m. Friday), parade (5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday), an All-Community church service (9:00 a.m. Sunday), and daily threshing with steam and gas tractors.

Other activities will include blacksmithing, a saw mill, a shingle mill, flourmaking, homemade hydrodynamic ice cream, antique car and truck displays, a Veterans memorabilia tent, schoolhouse, antique tractor displays, toy show, horse-drawn trolleys and equipment, a swap meet, old farmhouse displays, carpenter shop, Svenska Stuga house, broommaking, arts and crafts, heritage doll show, a petting barn and daily children's games.

There will be musical entertainment throughout the weekend, and the Cherokee Ridge Runners will put on their pioneer encampment and demonstrations daily. Food will also be served throughout the event, and souvenirs will also be available.

There will also be a number of daily field demonstrations, including threshing with a hand-fed separator.

The Threshermen and Collectors Show is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of agricultural and pioneer equipment.

The first show was held in August of 1971, and the Threshermen and Collectors Association was formally organized on Dec. 11, 1974.

On Oct. 31, 1975, the members of the association voted to accept a land gift of 15 acres from Ed and Agnes Sundholm for the development of the "Heritage Site."