West Central Antique Power Collectors

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

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

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!

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