Deer Creek Sodbusters 1991 Show

By Staff

10923 N. Mill Ct. #8 Omaha, Nebraska 68154.

The 9th annual Deer Creek Sod busters Antique Machinery Show was held on Sunday, August 11, 1991 at our showgrounds south of Sterling, Nebraska. It turned out to be a rather pleasant day weather-wise for mid-August, which helped bring out the largest crowd we’ve ever had, both in terms of spectators and exhibitors.

Our show is only a one day event and is small in comparison to many antique shows held throughout Mid-America, but we feel that we have advantages which make our show unique from other shows. Our show is held on a real working farm, which allows us the ground to conduct more actual field demonstrations, including demonstrations of draft horses working the field.

Our show began in August of 1983 as a neighborhood get-together of local antique enthusiasts to have fun plowing a wheat stubble field with antique tractors. We had so much fun, we decided to make it an annual event. In January, 1987, Deer Creek Sodbusters, Inc. was chartered as a Nebraska non-profit corporation.

For our 1991 show, we introduced our sawmill as a new feature. It is a Belsaw mill, manufactured in the 1920’s for which we obtained the main ‘parts’ for $100.00 a couple of years ago. We finally got the frame work built and assembly completed the week before the show.

Another attraction new to the show for 1991 was the demonstration of a Joliet 6-hole wooden spring-type corn sheller. This sheller was owned by a farmer in the neighborhood who had used it to do custom shelling all up and down the Deer Creek Valley and throughout Johnson County, Nebraska. The sheller was donated to the club by the heirs of the original owner.

Our 1992 show is scheduled for Sunday, August 9. It will be our 10th annual event. In recognition of the Wolff Brothers, who collect John Deere tractors, John Deere will be the featured tractor line. As a special guest, LeRoy Klein of Minot, North Dakota, plans to attend. LeRoy was founder and first president of the John Deere Two-Cylinder Club.

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