Small But Mighty: Biggest 'Little' Engine Show

| May/June 2001

  • McCormick machines dealership
    Inside the Hove and Mathre McCormick machines dealership at the Village.
  • Cement mixer
    Ron Christensen displayed a handcrafted model cement mixer.
  • Little Village

  • Pump jack
    Hugh Matern of Eagle Grove, Iowa, displayed this working pump/pump jack.

  • McCormick machines dealership
  • Cement mixer
  • Little Village
  • Pump jack

Country Relics 'little' village and homestead near Stanhope, Iowa, unlike the famous masters of illusion Walt Disney & Warner Brothers, has created no illusions with their early 1900s scale down village ( to 2/3) tastefully furnished with children's furnishings, salesmen's samples, toys, toys, toys and more toys.

The Biggest 'Little' Engine Show and swap meet held annually the fourth weekend in June is held among the perfect setting of Country Relics Village. Abundant with shade Country Relics Village is conveniently located between U.S. Highways 20 and 30, 11 miles west of Intestate 35 on Iowa Highway 17, 1 miles north of Stanhope or 10 miles south of Webster City.

Those who patiently and lovingly, . handcrafted these working models of yesteryearair, steam and gas tractors, engines and implements used no illusions in the creation of these works of art, be they one-half, one-fourth, one-eighth, or one-sixteenth scale. Restored or original automobiles, trucks, tractors or implements are welcome to complement the Carlsons' 1915, high wheeled, IHC Motor Truck and the 1923 Model T Ford.

Exhibitors travel from near and far to participate in this day of fellowship, camaraderie, and to get inspirations for new projects. Exhibitors and visitors come early or stay late to enjoy 'a stroll into the past' through County Relics Village and Homestead to see what was added new since the last visit. It might be a pyramid of toys by 'The Toy Tinkers,' A. C. Gilbert Appliances, the transformation of the little house bedroom into a parlor, or new pieces of iron, paper, and machines exhibited in the McCormick Machines implement dealership. You are sure to find new treasures in every building and a surprise around every corner.

Primitive camping is available on the grounds with your exhibits. All exhibitors are admitted free. Swap Meet vendors will be charged $20 per vehicle. Limited electricity available. Air-conditioned lunch stand, and new modern restrooms with showers are located in the entrance barn and welcome center on the grounds.

All scale model and engine show enthusiasts are invited to 'come be our guests' for the 10th annual 'Biggest Little Engine Show' and Swap Meet at Country Relics Village, on Saturday, June 23, 2001.


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