It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Threshermen & Collectors Show at Albert City.
We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, to the volunteers, exhibitors and to all who attend the show. We also know you share in our sadness.
This was a very tough call to make, but we must have the health and safety of our Threshermen Family at the highest priority.
As many family reunions have been postponed, so too, is the celebration of the Threshermen Family Reunion for the 50th Annual Show. This will take place in 2021 and the planning committee is committed and determined to make the 50th Annual Show a grand celebration. We miss our Threshermen Family and look forward to seeing you August 13, 14, and 15 2021.
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.
Farming through the Generations
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.
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
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.
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.
50th Annual Show Family Reunion Dinner is set for Saturday, August 14 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. 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.
The toy for 2020 is a John Deere 5010 Diesel, 1/16 scale model. There are 100 numbered toys available.
Tractors sell for $130 and will be available for purchase at the show or by contacting the Le Mars Toy Store at 546-4305 to pre-order.
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 the 50th Annual Show, we are pleased to introduce our Family Cookbook.
The book is 225 pages with over 400 recipes from over 100 contributors!
It can be purchased here and shipped direct to you. The cost per cookbook is $15. There is a $6 charge for shipping.
If you are local, the books can currently be gotten from Karen. Please call the show office number at 712-843-2076 to make arrangements.
When open, the books may also be purchased at the Straw Horse and Pocket of Posies in Albert City. Please make checks payable to the Albert City Threshermen.
Custom designed just for the 50th Annual Show Celebration! Get yours now! Price for the towel is $12. If you order online for shipping, there is a $3 fee added for shipping. We expect orders to ship after May 6.
Save when you purchase the cookbook and towel as a combination. Price of the cookbook reduced to $13 and price of the towel reduced to $10. A total of $23 as a combination price. An additional $7 has been added for shipping charges if you order online.
Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Marathon Community Center. Cost is $20 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased by July 31, 2021.
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.