35747 County Road 10 Albany, Minnesota 56307
The 23rd annual Albany Pioneer Days Threshing Show was held at the show grounds at Albany, Minnesota, on September 12, 13, and 14, 1997. It was billed as the 'Year of the Tracks' and featured all construction equipment and also antique and vintage snowmobiles.
The equipment came from near and far to make 'tracks' to the Albany Show. The snow mobile part of the feature was very interesting and brought machines from many states. Some of the machines that made the journey to Albany were from manufacturers that no longer exist. These included names like Wheel horse, John Deere (300, 400, 500, & 600 models), Foxtrac, Herters Husky, Moto-ski, Sno Jet, Evinrudes, Johnson Skeehorse, a 'T' Bird, J.C. Penney Man handler, Columbia, Bolens, several Kitty Cats, a double Eagle Raider, Johnson Challenger, Snow-Pony, Trail master, a number of Rupps, a Trailblazer, The Trade winds, a Mercury Cougar, and even a Model A snowmobile with metal tracks and a 1962 Auto boggan. There were lots of different models from the current manufacturers. Polaris models included the Mustang, Colt, Playmate, Comet, a number of Snow-Travelers, Charger, and a TX-L. Some of the models of the Ski Doo Company were an Olympic, the Alpine with twin track and reverse, a 1973 with cutter, Nordic, Elan, and even a very nice original Elite with the double seat. Artic Cat was well represented with many of their different models, some of which included the Cheetah, a Panther, 170D, and a 101 made in 1962. There were over 115 different snowmobiles registered. Definitely a nice showing for a piece of equipment that is not featured very often at our antique engine shows. The Club thanks all the exhibitors who got those old sleds out of storage, even though the snow wasn't flying yet.
The crawler and construction equipment part of the featured 'tracks' was also a huge success. One of the things that most spectators really enjoyed and appreciated was the fact that not only could you look at all the old and BIG equipment but you could also watch many of those massive machines actually do some work. The heavy equipment put on quite a show as they scraped away a high hill and filled a low area in the neighbor's field. Seeing the giant old HD 41 Allis crawler push the mountains of dirt, working side by side with the newer modern version of power, the D10N Caterpillar, was a spectacular sight. We thank Minerath Construction for the extra effort to get the big D10 to the show on time. They had to shut down the job they were on in Iowa a half-day early so they could get their gigantic machine hauled to the show grounds in time for the show.
There were over 120 crawlers and numerous other pieces of construction equipment displayed. Crawler names included: J. D. Lindeman's, M.C.s, 450 Cs, 420s, a number of 350 Case's, quite a few Cletracs, a 1945 Avery, a 1929 Monarch, a 1921 Best '60' (a really rare item), and a Minneapolis Moline crawler, of which there were only 100 built. There was a 1960 Motrac crawler, and two Terratrac crawlers also arrived with nice new paint. Ford was also on display, as there were numerous Ford-sons on tracks and a 1952 8N Ford with Arps tracks registered, too. Even the littlest 'crawlers' were in attendance with some home-built machines and some factory-built ones like the little Kitty Katt 600, and the C. F. Struck Company mini dozer. The Allis name was well represented with models starting from the huge HD41 to an HD69, HD3,a 1936 L, a 1934 K-O and a model K. There were a couple of little Allis Ms pulling some of the small scrapers. A C108 Allis pull scraper also was used to move some dirt. The Caterpillar elevating graders (muckers) put on a good demonstration showing how this equipment was used to build roads many years ago. The number of Caterpillar crawlers was pretty impressive. Some of the models that were seen were: the No. 10, 15, 20, 22, 30, 60, 70, and the D2, D3, D4w/dozer, D6, D7, D8, a D9, a D2w/Balder son dozer, another D7 and an R4, and even a 1/16 scale D 11 got in on the act. There was also a 2-ton with a Baker-Maney scraper, a 5-ton and two 10-ton Holts. There was a variety of old scrapers and road graders along with some very unusual machines like a big dragline, a Bucyrus-Erie 10-B shovel, and a completely restored old Marion steam shovel that was steamed up and demonstrated digging all three days.
Right beside it stood its scale replica named Mary Ann, built by one of the owners. Another unusual machine was a V 110 Cleveland tilling machine and roll over scraper. A Cleveland crawler also was on display. One young exhibitor was very excited about his new 'old' find, a Parsons 250 Trench-liner. A 1923 Case steam roller showed how those machines were used to pack the roads when they were being built. One exhibitor brought a 1968 Jet Star 3 Minneapolis Moline Vibra-trac Roller, and another brought a MM R Industrial with a sweeper. There were a number of IH crawlers in the line-up, too, like a T20, T35, T40, T6, TD6, T9 & D9, T14, TD18 and pull scraper, a TD24, and a TD30 that was used to push scrapers. Even the really old Len hart dump-wagons made their appearance. There were many other odd machines put to use once again and it was truly a nice sight to see.
This was the biggest show our club had ever had. This year's show, which will be held on September 18, 19, and 20, 1998, will be featuring vintage 'garden tractors' and will be on the other end of the size spectrum. Come join us for lots of good old-fashioned fun.