After being canceled in 2020, one fun tradition is returning bigger and better than ever this weekend. As summer starts to come to a close, and with the 2021 harvest season right around the corner, it's time to once again celebrate our history and heritage of farming in Iowa.

The 2021 Northeast Iowa Antique Engine & Power Show is this Saturday and Sunday, August 14 & 15 at Pioneer Power Acres, 2732 Stanley Avenue, in Fredericksburg. Join your friends and family and learn more about old-time farming practices, as the club share their knowledge of days gone by.

This year’s featured equipment is Allis Chalmers. Gates open at 7am...admission is $5, and it's good for both days. Kids 12 and under are free. See antique tractors and equipment on display, along with live entertainment, a flea market and a food stand on the grounds.

Saturday’s activities include:
10am - Outdoor demonstrations - Draft horse demonstrations
11am - Coins in the Corn
Noon- 2:30pm - Good Friends Band - Blue Grass music
1pm - Shelling/Threshing
1pm-3pm - Rope Making
2pm - Bailing & Combining
4pm - Tractor Pull

Sunday's activities include:
10am - Outdoor events
Noon - Coins in the Corn
1pm - Shelling/Threshing
1pm - Kid's Pedal Pull
2pm - Combining/Bailing
2pm - 3pm -Gary Frieland Band (Blue Grass music)
2pm - Raffle for a Allis Chalmers tractor
2pm - Plowing

In addition to the above activities, check out all the antique steam engines and vintage tractors, and equipment. Along with feed grinding, corn shelling, cross row cultivating, ensilage cutting, and a sawmill. Plus, a food stand along with other outdoor activities including a flea market and kids games.

Credit - NE Iowa Antique Engine & Power Club via Facebook

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Small Town Iowa: Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville - Photo Gallery

No photo can do "justice" to show the true beauty of these historic clocks. You have to see them in person to fully appreciate the intricacy of each piece, along with their working and moving parts. Plus, the relaxing sounds of the chimes going off or music playing. Before you make the trip to Spillville to see them for yourself, let's take a virtual trip and see the highlights of Frank and Joseph Bily's work. (Photos taken by permission)