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 is December 15. 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 Dec. 15, 2019.
Plans are well underway for a big celebration to mark the 50th Annual Show of the Albert City Threshermen and Collectors. The dates for 2020 show are August 7, 8, 9 and it is shaping up to be an exciting and unique event.
Guests, volunteers and exhibitors know that the mission of the Association is to educate and demonstrate the history of farm life from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s and the show has always been quite successful in attracting local, national and international visitors.
We know that when visitors are asked what they enjoy about the show, many times the response is that they get to hear the stories from their parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents retelling their personal farm life experiences. We also know, that when exhibitors are asked why they collect one make over the other, it is typically because ‘that’s what they grew up with.
With those thoughts in mind, the 50th Annual Show will take on an enhanced focus from one end of the show grounds to the other. Organizers and volunteers are pushing the emphasis to show and demonstrate the changes that happened over all those 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.
Tractor Feature–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.
“We are working on some other field activities that will be unique for the show,” said Duane Madson, one of the organizers. “Expect to see lots of activity out in the field starting by mid-morning each day and continuing to parade time.”
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?
Family Reunion Dinner–Everyone is invited to bring their family and enjoy the reunion dinner. It will be Sat., Aug. 8 at the Marathon Community Center. Social hour with open bar will start at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short program and entertainment.
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 first threshing event was held in 1971 on a farm near Albert City when Karl Lind and Keith Sundblad decided they wanted to show their children how threshing use to be done. That event was such a success, they decided to do it annually. In 1974 the Association was formally organized and in 1975 they accepted a land gift of 15 acres from the late Ed and Agnes Sundholm for the development of a Heritage Site. Since then the show has grown to host more than 18,000 visitors over the three-day event and routinely hosts national collector clubs.
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.
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.