Old Iron Days stared out Friday night with a tractor and car show. The weather was almost as perfect as it could be for a July evening. There were numerous old tractors, cars, and trucks. Alongside the car show were a few vendors set up in the park selling various antiques and goodies.
One of the tractors was a 1957 Farm-All 450 Demonstrator. Back in the 50s, advertising was not quite as easy as it is today. Getting the word out about a new tractor involved taking it around from town to town and demonstrating everything it could do, and placing decals on the exterior.
Jerry Hupfeld, who resides in Keystone, brought his 1941 John Deere B to the show. His father Cliff was born and raised in Dysart, so bringing the tractor to Dysart for a show is extra special for Jerry. The tractor was used frequently around the family farm, and then was stored away and left to rust. The late Rob Albers, a long time friend of the family, threw around the idea with Jerry to restore the old tractor. Jerry admits that Roy did most of the work, and after about a year the tractor was restored to a beautiful like new condition. Jerry has thoroughly enjoyed taking the tractor to different shows just like this one.
Just a few of the cars that were at the show included a 1949 Oldsmobile, owned by Dick Mcdermott of Waterloo. He has owned the car 45 years. It is completely original and in mint condition. The only thing Dick has had done was a paint job. His favorite car show is "Back to the 50's" in St Paul, MN which he is sure to attend every year.
A 1942 restored Hudson Street rod was also there to show off its beauty. This car is owned by Steve Walthart of Independence. Steve has had the car for 3 years. He bought the car completely restored and keeps it in excellent condition.
Old Iron Days continued the fun all weekend as people enjoyed the vendor/flea market, all the vintage tractors and cars, various activities for children and of course great food!