Antique and Collector Show marking 35 years

August 18, 2018

CRYSTAL LAKE RECREATION AREA — Organizers of the Platte Valley Antique Machinery Association’s annual Antique & Collector Show are celebrating the show’s 35th anniversary.

The show takes place Friday through Sunday at Crystal Lake Recreation Area near Ayr. Admission is $5 per day; children 10 and younger are free.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m.

New to the show this year is a performance by the Roger Kenaston Band at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The band organizes the Wahoo Country Music Show every year.

“They say the band is just awesome,” show coordinator Donna Wilton said. “Since this is our 35th anniversary, we thought we’d have somebody a little different.”

Sometimes there’s been no music or a jam session of local musicians organized by Matt Dwyer of Hastings. Dwyer will lead a musical performance again this year.

The 35th anniversary is special to Wilton.

“I think a lot of work has gone into this show to make it what it is today from when it started and I think it’s awesome we’ve gotten to this point,” she said. “It is something that needs to be celebrated.”

The show kicks off Friday with a tractor drive leaving Crystal Lake at 1:30 p.m. The route this year is a loop that goes near Holstein to visit a sod house in that area.

The route is about 40 miles, a little longer than normal. Tractor drive coordinator Larry Holmberg told Wilton the tractor drive will finish around 6 or 6:30 p.m.

Registration for the tractor drive starts at 10 a.m.

There is no charge, but show organizers ask for registrations to keep track of participants.

The first 100 tractor drive participants who register get a special 35th anniversary button.

Minneapolis-Moline and Allis-Chalmers are the featured tractor brands this year. Wilton said both are popular among tractor collectors.

“They’re very popular,” she said. “They were easy tractors to use on the farm back in its day. Both of them were really versatile.”

Blacksmithing and field demonstrations, including corn shelling and wheat threshing, will take place throughout the weekend.

Wilton said it’s important to provide that historical aspect to the public at large.

“That’s what we try to keep alive — is the way our grandpas and great-grandpas used to farm,” she said. “So many times you ask kids today, ‘Where does milk come from or where do you get your meat?’ ‘Well, from the grocery store.’ They don’t know anything else. So many people that have a farming background are removed from the farm.”

Crystal Lake is still being dredged, so parking will be limited during the show. Wilton said organizers will try to get participants who bring equipment to keep pickups and trailers in downtown Ayr.

“We’ll have plenty of room to park cars and if we have to shuttle people back and forth that’s what we’ll do,” she said.

For more information, including a full schedule of activities, go to www.pvama.org.

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