BURNETT - Men make wives grab dashboards as they drift into the gravel while ogling them. Little children spend hours pushing them through sandboxes. Farmers take pride in red paint peaking through the caked-on mud covering them.
Antique tractors are loved by many and bringing them together equals fun for everyone.
On Aug. 6, 7 and 8 the 42nd annual Dodge County Antique Power Show will be held in Burnett. This working museum, modeled after old-time threshing bees of early Wisconsin farm life, showcases hundreds of exhibitors showing off their prized antique tractors, cars, trucks, side-shaft, gas and steam engines, and threshers. Other venders share farm toys, model trains, crafts and flea market items.
The Dodge County Antique Power Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of machines-of-old, is excited to feature Case tractors and equipment at this year’s event. Each year, a specific brand of farm implement is featured, but tractors of every other make, model and color will also be included. Steam tractor engines from the 1870s to 1930s get fired-up around the grounds daily, and a tractor parade fascinates visitors.
On Saturday at 11 a.m., spectators will enjoy an old-fashioned tractor pull including only those manufactured before 1960. Some additional attractions include old-time corn harvesting demonstrations, a working blacksmith shop, a flea market, and saw and shingle mills which turn logs into planks and shingles before onlookers’ eyes. Food and beverage concessions will be available throughout the show.
The show will take place daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Drive a half mile west of Highway 26 on Highway B, a half mile south of the Village of Burnett. Admission is $5 for visitors over 12, and free for kids. Anyone interested in bringing antique cars, trucks, tractors, etc., will receive free admission, and they are encouraged to enter through the exhibitor entrance to register. People of all ages will enjoy a great weekend of unique antiques.
For more information visit www.dcapc.org or call (920) 689-2636.
Photo by Jim Richardson
A rare Sandwich engine was shown at last year’s Dodge Count y Antique Power Club Show. The event will be held this weekend at the club’s showgrounds near Burnett.