1918 tractor draws attention at power show

Amid the sea of antique tractors on display at the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Show, one of them was catching a lot of attention.

A 1918 Case Industrial was the one catching the eyes of guests to the show on its opening day Friday.

“I’ve been to many shows but I’ve never seen one like that,” said Tom Kilker of Marshalltown.

The tractor was brought to the show by Fred Etnier of Collins, who purchased it four years ago and said this weekend is his first outing with it.

“It’s got hard rubber tires on it and you just don’t see that,” Etnier said.

Case is the featured tractor manufacturer on display this year at the power show, which is in its 30th year. The tractor display was one of many events going on at the three-day show on the grounds of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office west of Marshalltown.

The show also includes threshing and plowing displays and other old-time farm tasks with antique equipment, a flea market, food, music and more.

There is also a big gas engine display at the show. The show draws visitors from throughout the Midwest.

Kurt Kocher, of Concordia, Kan. made a stop at the show on the way back home after purchasing a Case antique tractor in Minnesota.

“I’m meeting some pretty nice folks,” Kocher said.

For a tractor lover like Kilker, the thrill of seeing something like that 1918 Case brings him back every year.

“Every year you see something different,” he said.

The show runs through Sunday on the grounds of the sheriff’s office. Admission is $7 for adults with children 12 and under free.