| March/April 1997

Brandon and Austin

Dan Schmitt, Omaha, Nebraska, assured the Carlsons' grandsons Brandon and Austin that the little grader could build just the right sized roads for Country Relics Little Village and Homestead near Stanhope, Iowa.

Country Relics Village 3290 Briggs Woods Road Stanhope, Iowa 50246

Country Relics Village near Stanhope, Iowa, is gearing up for their sixth annual BIGGEST little Engine Show on June 21 & 22, 1997. Fond recollections of the good food, old and new friends and intriguing fellowship of the June '96 event have the exhibitors and vendors making plans to return every year. We invite each of you to join us, too, for the one-of-a-kind gas engine show in the unique setting of Country Relics Village.

Visitors from several Midwestern states and across Iowa enjoyed the many hand crafted working table top to scaled model steam, gasoline engines and farm machines, blacksmithing demonstrations by Gene Pippin of Marshalltown, Iowa, and the quality antique and craft market.

Varlen Carlson, a collector of full sized Farmall, McCormick Deering tractors and gasoline engines and memorabilia related to the five companies which formed the International Harvester Company in 1902, has had an appreciation for the old since he was a child and has been collecting since he began farming in 1955. The artifacts found in the little village may have been wife Fern's retaliation for attending engine shows around the country as she began to comb the antique flea markets for items from her childhood dreams.

Eight years and six buildings after the museum's humble beginning as a display area for the town's centennial celebration in 1991, Country Relics Village was awarded Iowa's 'Tourism Attraction of the Year' award.

A worldwide welcome awaits your visit. Come put a dot on our maps. Since the village officially opened to the public on May 1, 1990, visitors from 27 foreign countries and all but the states of Vermont and Rhode Island have marveled at the Carlsons' private collections acquired over the past 40 years.