Weather Reprieve Greets Family's Antique Show

July 25, 2013

Ray Mueller

Wisconsin State Farmer


Following a week of nearly oppressive heat and humidity, hundreds of area residents took advantage of a reprieve in the weather to enjoy the 8th annual antique tractor show and related events at the Meyer family’s farmstead on Saturday, July 20.

Nearly 200 units - restored and more modern tractors, older style trucks, engines, a few pieces of equipment, and stock lawnmower tractors waiting to compete in a pulling contest - filled most of a farm field overlooking Highway G and the farm buildings near this southern Calumet County community.

At about 11 a.m., a colorful tractorcade of 46 units rolled into grounds from the south. Organized by the Empire Threshing Association, based at Eden in Fond du Lac County, the group trekked 27 miles one-way in what has become an annual tradition.

The Meyer family - Janet (late husband Harvey), her sons Jim, Dennis, Ron, and other members of the extended family - launched this show in 2006, following the cessation of the annual church picnic had been held for many years on a summer weekend at the nearby St. Charles Catholic parish in Charlesburg.

This happened because of a consolidation of six parishes in Calumet County to one in Chilton.

For many years, the Meyer family had displayed a portion of their collection of John Deere tractors and other farm equipment at the church picnic.

A few friends who also participated in the display at the picnic were among the early and continuing supporters of the now annual event on the farm.

In addition to the display of vehicles and equipment, a variety of attractions were set up on the periphery of the field this year.

Attendees had a chance to buy restored bicycles, kitchenware, glassworks, fishing gear, chairs, and small pieces of furniture from one vendor.

John Brusoe of Malone in Fond du Lac County set up a display of hay track trolleys, carriers, and pulleys of several brand names. A few people brought antique farm items, which they hoped someone in the crowd could identify.

Don Eickert and his son David of New Holstein had two tables full of carvings made from pine, oak, or cedar wood. They included pulled implements and birdhouses.

George Manderscheid of Calumetville was one of the conductors of the children’s wagon train, which tracked along a field of corn whose height had reached seven feet.

Before an attentive crowd of relatives, the pedal tractor pull attracted several dozen young competitors in differing weight categories. Adults competed later on the stock lawnmower tractors.

The New Holstein High School wrestling club operated a food stand.

At a separate ice cream stand, all of the proceeds were being contributed to the cancer benefit fund for Larry Mueller, whose wife Debbie is a sister of the Meyer brothers.

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