Join us in the field or as a spectator as the field fills up during the Wheat Run Demonstration. This event will feature a mix of makes and generations of wheat harvesting equipment demonstrating an old-time wheat run. Anyone wishing to participate in this event with their equipment should contact Brice Wenell at 712-358-0171.
We are excited to announce that Molly B from the Mollie B Polka Party on RFD-TV will perform for the 50th Annual Show. She will perform Saturday, Aug. 8 from 2 - 4 p.m. Since 2011 she has performed in a one-hour program that features the nation's top polka bands. She is an award-winning vocalist, TV show host, instrumentalist, performer, clinician, dancer, CD producer, a former music teacher, choreographer, and more. Dust of those dancing shoes and make plans to to join us for this special performance.
Other entertainment will cover the many varieties of music through the GENERATIONS. Watch for more details as they are finalized.
We are creating a special Family Reunion Cookbook for the 50th Annual Show! This will be a very unique cookbook as it will feature recipes from Grandma, Mom and You! In recognition of generations of family cooks, we are looking for your family recipes.
These could be recipes that have been passed-down through family traditions and family gatherings. Or, it could be something new that you have created! We are looking for everything from Swedish heritage recipes, to cast iron cooking to InstaPot recipes!
Please mark each recipe, either Grandma’s, Mom’s or Mine. These sub-categories will be organized within the main recipe subjects. You may also include a short description about the recipe’s history in your family.
The deadline for recipe submission has been extended through March 1. Recipes can be submitted online by visiting albertcitythreshermen.com and submitting a form for each recipe. Or, download the PDF form and return it by email or U.S. mail. Locally, the form is available at the Straw Horse and Pocket of Posies and will also be available at the annual meeting.
It is expected that cookbooks will be available May 1, 2020 with pre-order details being finalized.
Organizers are working on a History Book for the 50th Annual Show and are interested in hearing from you!
Do you have a favorite memory or short story about the show? These could be as a volunteer, exhibitor or a visitor.
Help us collect the memories and the history for future generations to enjoy. If you have a story to share or have questions, please email email@example.com.
Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020.
50th Annual Show Family Reunion Dinner is set for Saturday, August 8 at the Marathon Community Center. Social hour with open bar starts at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program and entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Advanced registration and payment is required before July 31, 2020. Adult $20 each; children 12 and under $10 each. Payment may be submitted online or mailed to P.O. Box 333, Albert City, IA 50510.
Farming through the Generations has four focus areas including exhibits and field activities.
1) Visitors will see the major makes of tractors, each gathered and organized to show their history by generation from 1920 through 1979. This display is being organized by enthusiasts, tractor owners and members of the various tractor clubs. Each display of tractors will be lined up side-by-side. Visitors can walk by the colorful display, learn about the manufacturer’s history and compare the tractors.
2) In the exhibit area, organizers want to see more tractors and implements than there has ever been in the show’s history. Everyone is invited to bring tractors, implements and machinery to be part of the feature. Tractors, machinery and implements will take the feature stage (lawn) and be grouped by generation, regardless of make. All makes and all models through 1979 are invited to participate.
3) New for this year, the exhibitor registration form has space to include a short history of the exhibit in the owner’s family history. These short stories will be printed on the exhibitor sign for all to enjoy.
4) Out in the field, visitors can expect to see a lot of demonstrations and activities. The feature field event will be held each day at 1 p.m. It is “Decades of Farming in Motion,” and will demonstrate the typical farming operations being done by at least five different generations of machinery at one time. It will start with horse-drawn equipment and move through steam power, prairie tractors and gas tractors. This will be a great way to see the changes in farming practices spanning over 100 years.
Exhibits, demonstrations and other activities will all emphasize the changes seen from one generation to the next over a span of over 100 years in rural history.
Freedom Hall–Volunteers of the area veteran’s service organizations work hard all year on preserving and showcasing historical military exhibits. In 2020, they are planning to recreate a M.A.S.H tent which will be located at the east end of Freedom Hall. The Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals were an army medical unit deployed during the Korean War.
Vintage and Classic Cars and Trucks–Organizers expect to see a larger turn-out of both cars and trucks for the 50th Show. Several collector clubs have been invited and anticipate attending.
Entertainment–Ron and Kim Dewey, organizers, are excited to plan special entertainment. In 2020, it will be organized by generation or era spanning a period of 100 years.
Garden Tractors–Organizers are looking for a good turn-out of garden tractors which will also be displayed by generation. According to organizer Chuck Virgil, there will be a time set aside for the kids to come out and drive the garden tractors.
Children’s Games/Family Play Area–Near the southwest corner of the barn, there will be a new family play area. This area will have tables and play spaces set up with games and activities from past generations. Anyone for a game of marbles, jacks or Twister?
Other events include the opening of the original time-capsule along with the dedication of a new time-capsule to mark the 50th Show.
The 2021 show will feature International Harvestor and we will host the Iowa Chapter 5 IH Collectors.
In 2022, the Minneapolis-Moline Collectors will return for their summer show.
The Gathering of the Orange will join us for their show in 2023 as we feature Allis-Chalmers.
The 2025 Show will feature Case and we will host the J.I Case Collectors Club for their international summer show.
All exhibitors, please register here.
In recognition of generations of family cooks, we are looking for your family recipes.
Saturday, August 8 at the Marathon Community Center. Cost is $20 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased by July 31, 2020.
Memberships to the Association are a great value! Your season pass is included with your annual dues! A couples membership is just $35 and includes two season passes. A single membership is just $25 and includes one season pass. For more details, click here.
We are a 501c(3) organization with the show operated by volunteers. Donations can be designated for specific areas, such as the land fund, or will go into the general operations fund. All donations are tax deductible.