1972 Butterfield Steam & Gas Engine Show

| July/August 1973

Gas Engines

Courtesy of Bill Paulson, Butterfield Advocate Newspaper, Butterfield, Minnesota 56120

Bill Paulson

Butterfield Advocate, Butterfield, Minnesota 56120

Temperatures hovered around the 90 degree mark over the weekend, but the heat didn't dampen the spirits of the Butterfield Threshermen as they put on a bigger and better Gas & Steam Engine Show than ever before. Both in quality and quantity there was no doubt the sixth show was the best.

Gate receipts were off from last year's huge throng, but Wayne Kispert, Butterfield Threshermen's Assn. president, blamed this on a combination of the heat and three county fairs in the area. 'It was a great show,' Kispert bubbled. Then he poured accolades on Butterfield area residents for the fine cooperation which again made the whole thing possible.

By his own estimation, Kispert says exhibits increased between 10 and 15 percent over 1971. In antique tractors alone he noted the collection increased from just over 50 in 1971 to 64 last weekend. All were new tractors never before shown in Butterfield and most were just recently restored.

Almost as gratifying, Kispert said, was the big cleanup crew which was at work Monday night after the show turning Voss Park back into the beautiful area it is

As for the show itself, no doubt the new additions added quite a bit in both convenience and comfort to exhibitors as well as visitors. Engine House No. 2, constructed within the last month, housed a burgeoning collection of antique cars and trucks. Joel Knudson, director of the display, said he was amazed at the new exhibitors who brought antique cars and trucks, many of whom he didn't know were coming. And they were unanimous in their praise of the huge shed which allowed them to leave their valuable antiques overnight without worry.