I first want to thank everyone for coming to the 28th annual All Allis Father’s Day tractor show in Middle Amana and making it a success. It all started Friday afternoon, as people had been arriving with their tractors, some since Thursday. Ron and Theresa had the club merchandise displayed and ready for sale as well as the new club tent erected for those members to see that do not have the opportunity to travel to shows away from the Amanas, where we would use the tent. At 2PM, as scheduled, we headed toward Marengo, IA for our tractor drive and visit at the Pioneer Heritage Museum. Sixteen tractors along with several automobiles travelled the ten miles to Marengo. Everyone enjoyed the museum as it based on the history of Iowa county, Zach and Jesse Wilson have posted several pictures on The Allis Connection facebook page with some of the exhibits in the museum. On the return trip we continued on past Middle Amana and drove thru Main Amana and returned to the park. The weather was threatening Friday and Saturday but it did not rain until Saturday evening during the banquet and auction.
There were almost seventy tractors exhibited, several garden tractors, collectables, new scale models and many parts new and used for sale. Several dealers were selling A-C promotional clothing and various items highlighting A-C. One tractor sported a B engine, CA rear end, had a road speed of 30 mph, custom cab, air compressor, 110 v generator and cab air, custom paint and really unique one of a kind custom build. Gaylord Dejung brought his ½ scale WC, WD45, All Crop combine, and his latest build a one row corn silage chopper. Everyone was amazed and impressed by his attention to detail of these small wonders. More videos are uploaded to The Allis Connection facebook page, be sure and take a couple of minutes and be sure to like the video. Thousands of people have viewed our facebook page after posting Gaylord’s initial videos with comments from as far away as England. Mike Noonan from Wisconsin is selling new rear clutch parts for the 620 and 720 garden tractors and can help with other parts as well. We had ice cream both days from a local vender using ice cream products from a local Iowa dairy in Ely. Karen’s Kitchen provided cold drinks and sandwiches for the hungry folks both days. The banquet was well attended with over one hundred in attendance. As always, the Ox Yoke Inn provided a wonderful meal served family style as only Amana can do. Thanks to all of you that contributed items and bid on items for the scholarship auction. There were many items of all kinds from collectables, A-C service awards, collector models, fine craft items and much more. Those in attendance helped make the auction a great success as always. Three scholarship recipients were in attendance to 2019 recipients, Jason Underhill grandson of Frank Schwartz and Hunter Humiston grandson of Leon and Inez Rathjen and one 2017 recipient Joshua Underhill grandson of Frank Schwartz. Charlie and Mavis Widlund were again recognized as the 2019 recipients of the Hall of Fame award and a short address from them thanking all The Allis Connection for the recognition.
A kiddy tractor pull was put on both Saturday and Sunday to great fanfare and fun for the children and observers. A parade through Middle Amana and past the local nursing home was also well attended by many of the tractors and garden tractors in attendance. The dyno was put to work and maintained a crowd when tractors were put to task as the operators found out what kind of horse power they still had. I believe a good time was had by everyone and am convinced the show was again successful and am looking forward to next year’s Father’s Day All Allis show.
Have a safe Autumn and Fall harvest,
Mike and Bonnie
If you haven’t already found it be sure to look up the Allis Connection Facebook page and see the fun things Zach and Jessie Wilson have placed on the web for all of us to enjoy and introduce others to Allis-Chalmers and the Allis Connection. allisconnectionfacebook.com
............be sure to get your Newsletter to read more.
This was last up-dated July 2019
Membership - U.S.A. $23.00 & Canada & Overseas $35.00 (In US Funds) 6 Issues of the Newslettlers.