R. R. #4, Box 101 Montevideo, MN 56265
Greetings from the 'Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes'! The high temperature today was 18 degrees below zero. When it gets this cold thoughts turn towards the warm days of summer and that's what mine are doing! I belong to a fine organization called the the Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power and Machinery Association of Montevideo, Minnesota. For the past four years we have held a threshing show at the Denny Kurtzbein farm which is just a few miles east of Montevideo. Our first show was a small one, with twenty gas tractors, fifteen gas engines, and one steam engine on display. Since then our show has grown steadily in both the number of exhibits and the number of spectators.
At our 1984 show the tractor line had increased to 85 antique tractors, many of which had been beautifully restored. There were four Hubers on display, with two of them (a 21-39 and a 40-62) painted and pinstriped with the original colors. Prairie Gold Rush fever hit our show this year as fourteen Minneapolis-Molines (including some rare ones like a UDLX and an R-CAB), three Twin Cities, and a 17-30 Crossmount Minneapolis were shown. Over twenty JD's, eighteen IH's, fifteen or so AC's, and several other makes (Case, Oliver, Hart-Parr, etc.) were also at the show.
There are two restored Case engines that we are very proud to have at our show. They are a 1916 65 HP Case steam engine and a 1917 20-40 Case gas engine. These are the engines that have handled the threshing, and this year the steam engine will do some plowing with an eight-bottom gang plow.
One of the goals of our club is to show how all the old machinery worked, and as a result there are many demonstrations going on throughout the show. Along with threshing, some of the other activities are: lumber sawing, rock crushing (very noisy!), baling with a hay press, wood planing, shingle mill, grain binding and shocking, corn shelling, corn shredding, plowing, and road building. We also have a fine display of working gas engines in our 'Gas Engine Alley'. The gas engines operate feed mills, water pumps, grain elevators, and other small items.
There is plenty of food and entertainment during all three days of the show. A flea market is on the grounds for prospective bargain hunters and there is a parade of tractors every day. New for this year will be an antique tractor pull held on Friday evening. Saturday night there is a dance for those who enjoy good music and good dancing. As can be seen there are a lot of activities going on at our show.
This year our show will be held (as long as the snow and ice melts) on August 16, 17, and 18, 1985 at the Denny Kurtzbein farm (three miles east of Montevideo on Hwy. 7 and two miles north on county road 7). This year's show promises to be bigger and better than ever, so if any readers are in the area of West-Central Minnesota during the third weekend of August you are more than welcome to stop by and re-live 'the good old days' with the Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power and Machinery Association. My hot chocolate just froze over so I'd better go put another log on the fire and chip the ice off the thermostat. So long for now!