301 Lincoln St. Longmont, Colorado 80501
The Yesteryear Farm & Home Show was held August 16, 17 and 18, 1991 as part of the Boulder Co. Fair in Longmont, Colorado. This show has been a part of the fair for several years now, and has become a popular event with both exhibitors and spectators.
This year's event was again a success, and with the exception of a short Friday afternoon downpour, good weather was present the entire show. Our show this year had more scheduled events than in past years, and there was a good turnout all three days.
Rex Jarrett was our Master of Ceremonies for the entire show, always present with his portable PA system announcing events, conducting interviews, enticing exhibitors to take the microphone and tell the crowd about their particular exhibit, and in general, making the show GO. For all your efforts, 'Thanks, Rex!'
In addition to being our MC, Rex led the opening event-outstanding live Bluegrass music by Rex Jarrett and the Bluegrass Corn pickers. These guys can really draw a crowd! Our display area fills very quickly when the band begins, and the entire area takes on a festive air!
The band was followed by an oats threshing demonstration, using a 1926 Belleville separator powered by a 1907 Avery steam traction engine. Both these behemoths are crowd favorites, being very large and impressive to see in action. The separator is owned by Harvey Nelson of Hygiene, Colorado and the Avery belongs to the DeBacker family of Boulder, Colorado.
Immediately following the oats threshing, the crew switched from thresher to stationary hay press, and demonstrated early 20th century 'leading edge technology' in baling. The oat straw generated by the threshing demonstration was baled using a 1909 Missouri hay press powered by a portable steam engine a very nice looking 1921 Green Fuel Economizer owned by Stuart Anderson of Boulder, Colorado. John and Sue Garnand of Longmont, Colorado have constructed a very nice wagon-mounted graphic display representing all the various stages of the processing of oats-from the planting and growth stages through the final packaging of the finished products for human consumption. At the conclusion of the threshing and baling, Rex turned the microphone over to John, who then explained step by step the modern day processing procedure to the spectators. An ironic side note of this multi-stage process of preparing oats for consumption, John says, is that, 'By the time all the steaming, rolling, and bleaching has been completed, it is necessary to 'vitamin fortify' the finished product, as all the natural nutrients having been processed out.'
That's progress. Each day after lunch break, we held our Antique Tractor Parade. The parade seems to be another crowd favorite, and is certainly a favorite of all the owners of these machines. It really created a spectacle to have 30 or 40 or more of these old machines chuffing and popping their way around a parade route smaller than a football field. A very enjoyable sight to see, and a good time was had by exhibitors and spectators alike.
The remainder of each afternoon was filled with more of the same activities, with more attention being given to the stationary engines and the equipment being powered by them, such as washing machines, corn shellers, corn grinders, cement mixers, water pumps, ice cream makers, light plants, and who knows what all. It seems we had at least one each of the above mentioned items. Some of these exhibitors are the real mainstays of our show, faithfully appearing with us each year, providing interesting as well as informative exhibits and demonstrations for the spectators. To name just a few of these faithful exhibitors:
The Jack Guerrie family each year displays miscellaneous home-related stationary engine powered devices (and provide spectators with freshly churned ice cream using a factory made attachment for an old Maytag washing machine).
Slim, Ron, and Levon Sherer show up each year with a remarkable display of just about anything you can imagine. Besides a number of stationary engines, they bring antique locks, handcuffs, corn shellers, cherry stoners, rope-makers, etc. Ron took time out from running his engines to give the folks a demonstration of rope making.
Jim and Bill Stengel, in addition to being tractor exhibitors, are the owners of a very impressive 25 HP Witte stationary engine. They acquired this beauty from a mine in Gold Hill, Colorado about 1985, and restored it to like new condition. It attracts quite a crowd when they fire it up!
Bill Perleberg of Golden, Colorado again brought his fascinating hot air engines-a Rider Ericsson of. 1888 vintage, a Fanning Mfg. Company engine from 1900, and a Bremen Caloric engine made in 1910.
Of course there are many others, but space does not permit a personal mention of each.
Out of state exhibitors were present, too. The 'Cowboy State' was well represented with exhibits from Cheyenne, Laramie, Riverton, and Hartville, Wyoming.
There were also new, first-time exhibitors. Gene Nettesheim from Boulder, Colorado brought a beautifully machined scale model Economy engine.
Another beautiful machine came from Fort Lupton, Colorado-a newly restored 1922 International 8-16 tractor owned and displayed by Jerry and Donna Browne. This machine is a real beauty and most of us had never seen one of these tractors before, so we really were glad to have them join us.
Speaking of never having seen a certain tractor before, we also had a 'mystery tractor' contest. One of our exhibitors had acquired an unrestored old relic done up in the ever-popular rust color so common to these old machines. This machine is an unusual one in appearance, and even the new owner did not know what it was before buying it. This led us to think we should have a contest to see if anyone could identify it. We offered a 'valuable prize' to the first person who could identify this tractor, and believe it or not, there were several people among both exhibitors and spectators, who came up with the right answer. Some of the INCORRECT guesses were: Case model CC, Wallis Cub, Theiman, Challenger, 1909 Heinz 57, Silver Streak, the Tractor From Hell, Samson, etc. The CORRECT answer is: Rumely tricycle model DoAll-and the prize was won by handsome Bill Walters of Broomfield, Colorado. Congratulations, Bill!
We exhibitors had a lot of fun, but of course it would not have been a show at all without all the spectators, so here's a special THANKS to all our spectators. Let's do it again next year.
Also, we would like to extend an invitation to you readers of Gas Engine Magazine-come join us next year. Bring your favorite toys, be they large or small. Or, if you can't haul your toys this far, jump in the car and come just as a spectator. We would love to have you join us!
For information about the Yesteryear Farm & Home Show, contact our show superintendents: Harvey and Charlotte Nelson, 7607 Hygiene Rd., Hygiene, Colorado 80533, 303-776-5171, or Dick and Dee Kounovsky, 6220 Galatia Rd., Longmont, Colorado 80501, 303-678-7820.