Box 156, Cumberland, Iowa 50843
The second annual show sponsored by the Central Hawkeye Gas Engine and Tractor Association was held on July 23, 24, 1977 at the Hawkeye Antique Acres Show Grounds near Waukee, Iowa. The grounds are owned by a corporation consisting of about 24 members of the Central Hawkeye Club. The grounds will serve as the permanent home of the Central Hawkeye Show. The show grounds consists of 26 acres shaded by beautiful old oak trees. The show grounds are located approximately 15 miles west of DesMoines, Iowa, and can be seen from Interstate 80- It is an excellent location and offers many opportunities for growth.
180 gas engines, 100 miniatures, 30 tractors and 2 steam engines was the official count of numbers exhibited. Numbers are only numbers as the quality of the items exhibited was truly outstanding. Included among the gas engines was a rare hopper-cooled Lenox, made at Marshalltown, Iowa. This gem is owned by Frank Light of Gowrie, Iowa. Marvin Stochl of Tama, Iowa, brought an unusual Bauer engine. Dennis Powers big Otto engine and Lyle Dumont's 10 HP Mogul side shaft were big crowd pleasers. The McClures of Dallas Center, Iowa, brought three nice Stickneys in the 1?, 3, and 5 HP sizes. Numerous other engines polished and running, ground corn, pumped water, washed clothes, and furnished light for the spectators.
The tractor display included 6 Rumely Oil Pulls, all different sizes. The largest Oil Pull was Lyle Dumont's big 30-60. Lyle also brought a Waterloo Boy to the show. The rest of the John Deere line included A's, H's, and a scarce wide tread G. P. A. big line-up of Allis Chalmers equipment was displayed and at the head of the line was the 19th W. C. Allis made. It is the prized possession of Lavern and Robert Grief of Dallas Center, Iowa. Other tractors displayed included a rare Economy tractor, plus an F-20 on steel and a Farmall Regular on steel. The tractor exhibitors got a chance to do a little plowing in the oats stubble and this was enjoyed by all.
Threshing was displayed by the Thayne Henderson family on the Henderson land adjoining the show grounds. Several threshing machines were available to use, as the Hendersons operate the stagecoach trail museum and specialize in early farm machinery.
A large flea market set up on the show grounds had a variety of items to brouse through.
A number of teams of horses were brought by exhibitors. They pulled everything from an oats wagon to the covered wagon sponsored by the Dallas County Historical Society. The teams were favorites of the children and many rides were given.
100 miniatures were displayed. The tiny engines were steam, gas, and hot air powered. The craftsmanship in these little jewels was amazing and the hours involved in building them too numerous to believe.
A large tent was put up to house the headquarters and other displays. Some of the ladies brought beautiful displays of old quilts, antique buttons, old purses, toys, and rolling pins. Padlocks, cast iron seats and old wrenches were also displayed.
Saturday night a potluck dinner was held by the exhibitors. When the food appeared from various cars and campers, it seemed as though the tables would fall down from the load. By the time everyone had gone through the line once, the people coming for seconds just had a few scraps to pick from. Credit should go to the ladies as they seem to come up with better dishes at each potluck.
A shower of welcomed rain arrived Sunday morning and made things a little muddy. This did not seem to deter the spectators or still the enthusiasm of the exhibitors and by afternoon, threshing was once again underway.
All exhibitors were given a brass plaque in appreciation of the efforts they made to contribute to the success of the show. The show seems to be better and better and we think it's one to put on your calendar to see.