West Central Antique Power Collectors

Harold Kiecker

Harold Kiecker with his 'one-and-only' Co-op No. 2.

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Club president 10509 Highway 71 N. E. Spicer, Minnesota 56288

West central Minnesota 'old iron' lovers gathered at the Kandiyohi County fairgrounds at Willmar, Minnesota for their third annual show June 5th and 6th, 1999. Weather was great, and the spectators enjoyed a nice variety of tractors, engines, farm trucks, old machinery, swappers, and food. This year's show featured International Harvester, and was capped off by giving away a shiny red 1? HP LA engine, restored by club members.

Show goers particularly enjoyed watching the Sunday tractor pull for 1957 and older stock models, and were impressed at how some of these vintage machines could still do the job! The daily parade also was a big hit with participants and spectators as well.

Some of the highlights included Harold Kiecker of Lake Lillian with his 1950 Farmers Union CO-OP No. 2 tractor, the first and last 1950 tractor produced before the company went out of production. It is one of more than 26 CO-OP's Harold has restored and, like the rest, is in showroom condition. You can tell by his smile this is his 'pride and joy!' Harold's CO-OP's not only look great, but judging from that room full of trophies, also 'pull' great! The old Chrysler engines not only make some of these 'orphan' tractors go down the road at better than 40 mph, but also do  great in the tractor pull. Maytag, International Harvester, John Deere, and a number of other stationary engines pumped water, ground corn, and crushed rocks, much to the delight of those watching.

Club members and swappers especially enjoyed the pot luck dinner, which has become a tradition in the four short years the club has been in existence. Members are continually looking for ways to make next year's show bigger and better, and plans are already underway for the year 2000 event, which will be held June 3rd and 4th in Lake Lillian, Minnesota. The John Deere 1? HP engine to be given away has already received the 'Y2K safe rating,' and is guaranteed not to lose its memory! Join us and help make this show bigger and better than ever!