We certainly had a successful 2008 Farm Show.Although the weather was a little bit cool, everyone seemed to enjoy the beginning of the fall weather and came out in full force to see what the 2008 Farm Show was all about.We visited with many people from different parts of the United States, including South Dakota, California, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Kansas and Pennsylvania.It is nice to see the Farm Show continue to grow and attract new visitors each year.
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Featured Tractor - Oliver & Hart-Parr
The featured tractor at the 2008 Carstens Farm Show was Oliver.The featured tractor coincided perfectly with the Farm hosting the Iowa Cornbelt Oliver Collectors Summer Show during Farm Days.A lot of people were surprised at how many Olivers, Whites and Hart-Parrs there are around, and with a little good-natured competition between the Oliver guys and the “other green” (John Deere) guys, we had a few people eating their words when we ended up with at least 85 Olivers, Whites and Hart-Parr tractors and implements on display (beating the number of John Deeres when they were the featured tractor last year).A good time was had by all.
Cornbelt Oliver Collectors Club
We were lucky enough to enlist the help of 96.5 KSOM Radio Personalities, Tom Robinson and Amanda Billings, to be our parade announcers this year.Tom and Amanda were a lot of fun and gave the parade a little bit of flair.We hope they’ll agree to come back and help us out again.
Carstens Farm is very fortunate to have volunteers like Marlene Hipnar. Marlene is in charge of the registration booth and a group of volunteers who help her. This year, 289 tractors and various pieces of equipment were registered, although there were definitely more tractors and equipment that did not register at the booth. Registration is important, as the information collected at the registration booth enables the parade announcers to have information about each parade entry to share with the crowd. A lot of hard work goes into the registration process each year, and our hats go off to all involved.
Tom Robinson & Amanda Billings
Oxen on the parade route
This year, we added a Quilt Show to the line-up of events for the 2008 Farm Show.Once we decided on a location for the quilt show, Farm President, Mel Hursey, power-washed the interior of the horse barn and strung more lights in the upper level of the barn.Then Mel enlisted the help of Duane Hursey to line the walls with plastic and to install the hardware needed to display the quilts.After the quilts were hung, another sheet of plastic was laid over the top of the quilts so that everything was completely protected from dust, hand prints or anything else.With Jan Hursey and Marilyn Evans organizing and supervising everything, news quickly spread, and we ended up with 41 quilts and 3 quilted vests being on display for the weekend of the Farm Show.
Marilyn Evans & Jan Hursey at the Quilt Show
Quilts on display
More beautiful quilts on display
Although not everyone signed the guest book, there were 477 visitors who did, and we received raving comments, such as “wonderful display”, “inspiring”, “beautiful work”, “definitely worth seeing”, and “hope you do this again next year”.The only negative comment received was regarding the stairs (which we hope to rectify before the 2009 show!). The Quilt Show was an overwhelming success, and plans are already in motion for the 2009 Quilt Show.In fact, the plans began at the 2008 Quilt Show.25 people have made quilt blocks, with the center block being a view of Carstens 1880 Farmstead.Once the quilt is pieced together and then hand-quilted, it will be on display at local businesses where raffle tickets will be sold.The quilt will be raffled off at the 2009 Farm Show.A big thank you to Jan Hursey and Marilyn Evans for all of their hard work on organizing the 2008 Quilt Show and for their countless hours in putting together the quilt for this raffle project.
There will be more information posted about the 2009 Quilt Show soon, so please check back if you are interested in loaning us a quilt for display at the show.
LuAnn Barrett generously donated her time and energy into making a Barn Quilt for the Farm.It has been hung on the south side of the horse barn for people to enjoy.Be sure to take a look at this great addition the next time you are at the Farm.Thank you, Luann!
Once again, we had a great variety of crafters and vendors at the 2008 Farm Show.We ended up with 53 crafters and vendors, with everything from t-shirts to funnel cakes to craft items to toy tractors to tractor parts to live plants to feed sack displays. There were certainly lots of bags carried off the Farm grounds, and it was fun to see all the different displays and items for sale.
Sheila Rihner, House Manager
The Carstens farm house is always a big draw for the visitors, and this year was no different. There were 602 people who toured the house. Sheila Rihner manages the house and the house tours.Many hours are spent each year prior to the Farm Show by Sheila and her volunteers cleaning the house and preparing it for the tours.They all do a wonderful job each year.
On the house tour
Seed Corn Sack Display
For the last few years, we’ve been fortunate enough to have Steve Kenkel join the festivities of Farm Days with his display of vintage seek corn sacks as well as some of his Oliver tractors and equipment that he has collected and restored.This collection is really something to see and is a great addition to Farm Days.
Steve Kenkel's Display
Demonstrations of steam power and gas engine power.
Horse, Steam and Gas Power
Each year, we get to see a great display of antique threshing machines powered by steam engines, antique tractors and machinery that have been restored to near perfect condition or that is waiting to be restored.We also have a great assortment of gas and steam powered hit and miss engines for everyone to enjoy.All of this certainly brings back memories for a lot of people and also teaches valuable lessons to the young people about the way it used to be.
Threshing and Saw Mill
While this is certainly a hot, dirty job, Charlie Leaders and his volunteersmake it possible for guests to see what threshing was all about.There is always a crowd gathered while the guys are threshing.
The saw mill is something that many people enjoy each year.David Dittmer and his volunteers enjoy explaining the operation of the saw mill, while keeping a close eye on the safety of the guests.
Saw mill demonstration
Demonstrations in the Blacksmith Shop
A group of people have spent quite a bit of time making repairs to the old machine shed.Harold Johnson, Melvin and Katherine Martin, Dean Applegate and Dave Murphy have made it their mission to get the machine shed in shape by repairing the door and chimney, adding a handrail to the entrance of the machine shed, cleaning the floor, repairing the post vise, installing the post drill and working on all the tools. The machine shed is certainly looking good.
Thanks to this group for all their hard work!
Blacksmith Shop audience
Food and Friends
Finger-licking Good Food for All
Each year, several community groups come out and prepare food for everyone to enjoy.On Friday evening, we kicked off the official beginning of Farm Days with the Shelby Depot Committee serving a pork sandwich dinner.The funds raised from this dinner benefited the restoration of the depot project that is underway in Shelby.
Because all good days begin with a good breakfast and great company, a pancake breakfast was held both Saturday and Sunday mornings.The Shelby Volunteer Fire Department always does a wonderful job, and everyone who filled up on pancakes and sausage remarked about how full they were.The proceeds from the breakfasts benefit the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department.
Lunch has a variety of different options.Some people get in line for the lunch of burgers and brats, salad and chips served by the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department.The Shelby Superstars and Southwest 4-H Clubs served delicious desserts and pie – always a hit.Karl’s Funnel Kakes served up funnel cakes with various toppings.The Feed Trough dished up sweet potato fries, funnel cakes, onion rings, curly fried potatoes and caramel apple slices.The Kiwani’s / Shelby Community Club supplied everyone’s sweet tooth with homemade ice cream, and another group provides lemonade for everyone to enjoy.
Saturday night, the Board of Directors of Carstens 1880 Farmstead hosted a delicious chicken dinner served by Staley’s Chicken.This too was a great success and drew a big crowd.Proceeds from the chicken dinner will go toward on-going maintenance at Carstens Farm.
There was certainly no shortage of food and refreshments for people to enjoy.With each organization keeping the proceeds of their sales, an assortment of community organizations benefit each year from the visitors at the Farm Show.These organizations are a great “extension” of the Farm, and we enjoy helping each of them to prosper and grow.
Food and good times
Entering the Farm.
FRONT GATE ADMISSION PERSONNEL
Nick Rosenow and his staff run a tight ship in getting people onto the Farm grounds.They staff the gates from the opening of the gates until late afternoon and do a great job welcoming visitors for Farm Days.
The Saddle Club always does a great job directing traffic and parking cars for Farm Days.These people and their horses encounter most people who visit the Farm.Please take the time to thank them for all their hard work the next time you’re at the Farm.
Members of the Saddle Club
The Farm has 24 camping spots for people to enjoy which are just far enough from all the activities to afford a little privacy and down time, but close enough to be in the middle of anything that is going on with a short walking trip.Our Campground Coordinator, Dianne Ehlers, supervises the campground and is responsible for renting camping spots.Diane and her husband, Larry, who camp on the grounds themselves during Farm Days, have a great time visiting and joking with the other campers.Both have great senses of humor and both make the campground area a great place to be.
Jerry Bergman (Moose) with his horses and wagon.
There is certainly a lot of things we didn't cover on this page that happen at Farm Days, but we'd love for you to come out and find out for yourself what a good time Farm Days is.