WORLD's EXPO of Antique Farm Equipment

| November/December 1999

It was Expo time again in Ankeny, Iowa, on July 1-3, 1999. This was the third time that we attended since its introduction in 1995. I thought the 1999 Expo was well organized and definitely moving in the right direction. Lyle Kreps and his crew did a good job putting this enormous event together in a short amount of time.

This show definitely has had its growing pains. For those of you who do not know the history of this event, it was the former 'Ageless Iron Expo' operated by Successful Farming magazine. After two Expos, they pulled out. The fate of the 1999 event was in question and it seemed reorganization had its problems. The final result was a non profit group that will return all profits from the show back to 'the hobby' in the form of scholarships, grants and other efforts aimed at preserving the history of agricultural machinery. John Deere, Pioneer, Pepsi, NationsBank, Successful Farming, Who News radio, and Tired Apparel signed up to be sponsors of the '99 Expo.

Despite hot weather, rain, wind, and the threat of a tornado, both exhibitors and visitors made the best of the situation. The Expo is known for its rare antique tractors and this year was no exception. There were displays of gas engines, model engines, construction equipment, implements, toys, and even a steam engine.

Each day there was a parade of power, field demonstrations, children's activities, and restoration clinics. The antique tractor pull was delayed because of the weather, but finally was held on Saturday.

Another popular event on Saturday was a consignment auction held by Nixon Auctioneers, a loyal GEM advertiser.

One thing I've always enjoyed at this event is the ability to visit the many different clubs represented.