Power show revs up for return

Gas engines, tractors and other old-time farm equipment will soon be on their way in droves to Marshall County for the annual Mid-Iowa Antique Power Show.

The show is Aug 2-4 on the grounds of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, located eight miles west of Marshalltown along Highway 30.

Aside from the displays, there are also threshing demonstrations, horses and a wide range of other work that shows how farms operated several decades ago.

“We have a lot going on,” said Don Peck, one of the organizers of the annual show that started in the 1980s. “It adds up to a really nice old-time threshing show.”

For the older crowd, the show brings back memories. For the younger crowd, the show serves as a history lesson.

“It’s important to the whole community, young and old, to learn about history and to enjoy it,” Peck said.

Every year they feature a manufacturer and this year’s spotlight will be on Massey Harris tractors and equipment. Belgian horses will also be spotlighted this year.

There will be a heavy focus on Massey Harris, but there will also be dozens of other tractors and gas engines on display.

One of the highlights is the parade of power event, which will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Music is also part of the show as there will be a 6 p.m. Friday night performance by the RBJ Trio and a 6 p.m. Saturday night performance by Prairie Lightning.

Dozens of vendors of crafts will be in the flea market area throughout the weekend

Admission is $7, which is good for all three days. Children 12 and younger are free.