225 HP Bates Corliss steam engine, donated to Antique Acres by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Grady of Waterloo, Iowa. This engine will be set-up and running by show time. Engine was used in the Herrick Refrigerator Company in Waterloo, Iowa. Courtesy of Rich Platte, Denver, Iowa.
Antique Acres Inc., located 4? miles north of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is ready to kick off their 14th year.
The 1977 show offered a variety of new items and a larger flea market The overall appearance of the Old Time Power Show was very good, unfortunately the rainy weather dampened the crowd.
Plans have already been made to make the 1978 show a big success. The Old Time Power Show is set for August 24-27.
Members of the club have been hard at work preparing the show grounds and giving some of the equipment a spring overhauling. The oats crop was seeded by Farm Manager, John Sundermeyer, with the help of Andrew Fischels and Clifford Johnston. There will be plenty of oats for threshing during the show days!
A shelter over the French Railroad Car was completed last fall. This boxcar, owned by the 40 & 8 Club of Waterloo, Iowa, is one of the 48 which France presented to each state after World War I. It is one of the few remaining.
A new addition to Antique Acres this year is a 225 HP Bates Corliss engine, used to provide power in the Herrick Refrigerator Company of Waterloo, Iowa. This engine was donated to the club by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Grady, operators of the Grady Dairy Farm. Many of the stockholders are hard at work cleaning and restoring the engine. During the summer, a base for the engine was built and it is planned to be in operation for the show. A Cleaver-Brooks oil fired boiler was installed, making it possible to operate both the Bates Corliss and the Murry Corliss, obtained in 1975. The boiler was formerly used in the Creamery at Denver, Iowa. After the show, work will begin on extending the present museum building to house both the Bates Corliss engine and the boiler.
Antique Acres is quite well known for the many tractor pulls they sponsor throughout the summer. This year, four pulls were planned. The first one was June 25. Tractor pulls were also set for July 16 and the eve of August 25 and 26 during the Old Time Power Show. Not only do farm tractors and hot rods pull, but also antique tractors and steam engines as well!
The grounds and museum at Antique Acres is open everyday from May 1 to October 1. Camping facilities are available during this time and especially during the show. The souvenir booth, also open during this time, has the largest selection of gas engines, steam engines, and old tractor manuals. It also has many cast iron toys and watch fobs.
Antique Acres is looking forward to a great show this year. So make plans to attend the Old Time Power Show.