Yesteryear Farm and Home Show Report


| January/February 1995



'Miss Yesteryear,' Rich Barker'

'Miss Yesteryear,' Rich Barker.

12201 Vermillion Road Longmont, Colorado 80501

The weather wasn't much to brag about during our show this year, but even so we were thankful for what we got (or didn't get), because all around us the weather was even worse. One of the local newspapers had just reported that we hadn't received any measurable precipitation in 100 consecutive days, and wouldn't you know it, the next day, just as we were setting up for the show, we got 1 inches of rain in half an hour. North of us, in LaPorte, this same storm dumped up to six inches of rain. East, in the area of Deer Trail and Limon, there were tornadoes reported. To the south, Pueblo received four inches of rain, and in Denver water stood up to four feet deep in underpasses. West of us, in Lyons and Central City, highway crews with front loaders and trucks were called out to clear mudslides from the highways. So we in Longmont considered ourselves lucky to get just a paltry little downpour, and we continued with preparations for our show.

Our display area is mostly flat and pretty well covered with good gravel road base material, so this bit of bad weather didn't really hinder us much. We slogged along, finished setting up as best we could, and even found a little humor in the situation. One portion of our display area contains a low-lying area, and this filled with rain water. One witty exhibitor tossed in a couple of rubber ducks and put up a sign which read 'Lake NelsonNo Swimmin'.' (The name Nelson refers to one of the founders of our show, Harvey Nelson.) Although the weather remained unsettled, we didn't get any more significant rainfall, and the show went on as planned. It seems the bad weather didn't have any effect on attendance, as our show was bigger than ever this year.

In 1994 we had 106 antique tractors, most of them restored but a few still 'in working clothes.' There were a lot of John Deeresthe crew from Van Thuyne Farms of Longmont, for example, brought 10 restored As, Bs, Ds, and Hs. Farmalls were also plentiful, with nicely restored examples of all F series Farmalls as well as As, Bs, Hs and Ms. Also from IHC we had a nice W-30 and a T-20 TracTracTor. Although the 10-20s and 15-30s aren't rare around here, we don't ever seem to have any at our show. I don't understand that. How about somebody bringing a few next year? Other brands represented this year were Massey-Harris, Minneapolis-Moline, Oliver, Gibson, Ford, Fordson, Ferguson, Cockshutt, Co-Op, Allis-Chalmers, and Case.

Speaking of Case tractors, our show is always held in conjunction with the Boulder County Fair, and 1994 was the 125th anniversary of our fair. To commemorate this milestone and to raise funds for our show we auctioned off a newly restored 1942 Case SC tractor to the highest bidder during our event. In addition to being restored and sporting a new paint job, the tractor has lettering on the hood commemorating the 125th year of the fair. A real collector's item! The proud new owner is Mark Belfiore of Boulder, Colorado. Congratulations, Mark! Mark came to our show with his 1941 model Oliver 60. He drove his Oliver in the antique tractor parade on Friday and Saturday, and his wife was a spectator. The Case tractor was auctioned off just after Saturday's parade, and during Sunday's antique tractor parade Mark drove his new Case tractor and his wife drove the Oliver!

We had a very nice turnout of stationary engines again this year, many of which were kept busy operating pumps, shellers, and so forth. There are always some very nicely restored specimens at our show, and this year was no exception. Bert Herrera from LaPorte, Colorado, brought his 1913 vintage 6 HP IHC Famous hopper-cooled engine and a beautiful 6 HP Dempster 'left hand' engine built in 1922.