12201 Vermillion Road, Longmont, Colorado 80501
Our 1992 show sure was a lot of fun just what you'd expect from a bunch of down to earth, fun-loving people. It takes a lot of work to make the show a success, but everyone seemed to have a good time, too. All the exhibitors pitched in to help one another get their displays organized, and cooperation like this among the participants goes a long way toward the success of the show. A good show is even better with nice weather, too, and in 1992, it was pleasant.
I'm always intrigued by the wide variety of folks who come to shows like ours. The front range area of Colorado has a very diversified workforce and population, having a significant amount of agriculture and related industry, as well as high-tech computer firms, various manufacturing and distribution facilities, and several prestigious universities. So this mix of people with diverse backgrounds come to see the farmers exhibit their antiques, right? Partly so some of our exhibitors are farmers, but others are these same diverse individuals mechanics, university professors, airline pilots, factory workers, welders, and so on. An interesting snapshot of humanity. You don't need an agricultural background to feel a kinship to our agricultural heritage. Age, too, is no factor as we had exhibitors and visitors from all age groups. Not everyone feels this appeal, however, and for those who don't consider themselves 'old iron nuts,' the bluegrass music provided by Rex Jarrett and the Bluegrass Corn pickers still made a visit to our show very worthwhile.
The stationary engine exhibit area was very busy this year with many repeat exhibitors and some first time visitors, too. There were stationary engines of all shapes and sizes, from small washing machine engines to a beautifully restored 25 HP Witte which used to power mining equipment in the mountains of Colorado. We had a very good turnout not just with engines, but with home related items and miscellaneous tools and gadgets, too, and the exhibitors were only too happy to give demonstrations to interested visitors.
One of our more popular events, the antique tractor parade, took on a new dimension this year with the addition of a ladies parade. Farm wives and daughters have always played an active, 'hands-on' role on the farm, so even though many exhibitors at our event are not farmers, it's still only natural that the wives and daughters join in. They seemed to really enjoy it, and the spectators did, too. The ladies parade was led by Ellen De Backer and her crew of women driving a 17 ton Avery steam traction engine, followed by other women driving many different varieties of machines on a smaller scale than the Avery. This event caught on very quickly and will become part of our show each year.
The threshing crew had their hands full this year the oats were a little damp from showers a few days prior to the show, and the threshing machine, a 1926 Belleville, had a hard time handling some of the bundles. We also had a couple minor breakdowns, but our able thresher men, Harvey Nelson and Dick Kounovsky, were able to 'field repair' the machine and continue the demonstration. The ladies lent a hand threshing, too, as several took turns pitching bundles. One even claimed she enjoyed it!
We had several new exhibitors this year some local, some from out of town, one from Illinois, and one man all the way from Florida. Jim Park of Kersey, Colorado, brought his newly made tractor teeter-totter to our show, and it really made a hit. Some drivers were successful in balancing it, others were not but they all had fun trying. Thanks, Jim. Floyd Rider of Ocala, Florida, brought his trailer which contained several stationary engines, one of which powered a 10 ft. diameter wooden wheel from a century-old piece of mining equipment. Quite a sight to see, this huge wheel mounted upright on a trailer and slowly revolving under the power of a small hit and miss engine. Floyd toured the country with this exhibit all last summer, so perhaps many of you have seen his display at other shows.
A special thanks to all our loyal exhibitors who join us each year, and to key individuals and families who volunteer their time and organizational skills each year: Harold Block who displays a number of beautifully restored Hercules engines and is in charge of the stationary engine display area; Harvey and Charlotte Nelson, show superintendents and major exhibitors; John and Sue Garnand, who maintain and exhibit an educational display of grain processing; Rex Jarrett, exhibitor, master of ceremonies and band leader; Dick Kounovsky, who supplies us with a grain binder and provides a lot of PR work behind the scenes; and to all the De-Backer family and Stuart Anderson who each year bring their huge steam traction engines to the show this is no small task! Keep up the good work, you fanatics!
The Yesteryear Farm and Home Show, an annual three day event, is held in conjunction with the Boulder County Fair in Longmont, Colorado. The 1993 event is scheduled August 13, 14, and 15th. For information, contact Harvey and Charlotte Nelson, at the address above, or phone (303) 776-5171.