Camp Creek Threshers 1988 SHOW

Operating steam crane

Operating steam crane at Camp Creek.

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2830 Dorothy Drive Lincoln, Nebraska 68507

The 12th annual Camp Creek Threshers' summer show was held July 17 and 18, 1988 at the club's showgrounds near Waverly, Nebraska (ten miles east of Lincoln). Again good weather and a large crowd came to see the large display of quality restored tractors and gas engines, and to enjoy the many other activities.

The show is Nebraska's largest, featuring a parade of power with many operating activities during the two days. Each year we feature a brand of equipment. This year it was Minneapolis-Moline with over 60 restored tractors of that brand. The club selected a 1917 model 'D' Moline Universal tractor owned and restored by Jim, George, and Frank Jonas as their feature tractor.

Our show is a working show. We have activities going at all times, so that any time visitors arrive there is always something to see. Attractions both days were threshing, an operating steam crane, rock crushing, corn shelling, grinding, hand milking, and butter churning; a saw mill, shingle mill, and blacksmith were operating on a continuous basis. This year we used Minneapolis and Case steam engines to operate threshing machines for the oats raised on the showgrounds.

We feel fortunate to have the facilities to provide an outstanding show. This year the club voted to purchase the showground site. The grounds have available space to provide housing for displays and exhibits, as well as open areas for tractors, gas engines, and antique automobiles. Next year we are developing the area across 'the creek' and hope to expand the display and camping areas for the 1989 summer show. 

During both days of the show, we feature the 'Parade of Power' which draws a large audience. The grand entrance of the 1988 parade was led by the featured Universal Moline tractor. Since it was the 50th anniversary of the Minneapolis-Moline UDLX, the excellently restored UDLXs of the Roger Mohr and Leroy Wonder families from Iowa followed. Next came the tractors of the Minneapolis-Moline featured brand, then following were some 180 tractors of all other brands. Visitors as well as members are welcome to participate in the parade.

Immediately after the parade on Saturday, the club features an antique tractor pull. Members and guests get a chance to test the pulling of their restorations in both steel and rubber tire classes. Tractors, 1938 or older without modifications, qualify for the tractor pull. Winners receive trophies for their performance. On Sunday a kid's pedal tractor pull was held. Following the parade on Sunday, we held a slow race for M-M tractors. 'Ladies, start your engines!' was the call as the hand crank contest was begun. 

When not looking at the machinery displays, spectators can be found touring the large flea market, the country store and craft displays. Other fun activities include: watching local craftsmen demonstrate their skills, snacking on the popped corn from Rich Hart's unique corn popper, and enjoying lunch with pie and ice cream.

The 1988 show hosted 'The Minneapolis-Moline Collectors' with Minnie people coming from at least 15 states and England. We thank those who brought and set up M-M displays and hope that they enjoyed their stay with us.

'Best restored tractors that I have ever seen,' was a comment that was heard as visitors lingered among the close to 280 restored tractors. Our gas engine display numbered more than 100 with many brands and models represented.

Mark July 15 and 16, 1989 on your calendar! That's the dates for next year's show. Come on, and bring your Harvester tractors, gas engines and equipment! You are always a welcome guest at the Camp Creek Threshers summer show.