Harnacke said he had gone to many tractor shows over the years
and decided to start the one in New Holland in memory of a friend
who had often gone with him.
It is also a celebration of the area's history. Part of this year's
show was a tribute to C.C. Hawes, the John Deere dealership in New
Holland from 1925 to 2000 that is now Cross Implement. Harnacke has
an exhibit showing the original contract between John Deere and
Also on display were several antique tractors. Harnacke has tractors
from 1962 that are still running. Harnacke displayed an old seed
grader he used as a kid and also an old corn sheller that still
Those attending seemed to enjoy the show. Linda Harnacke said she
likes everything about the show.
Don and Dianne Ruff said, "It is a nice home town get together."
Kevin Coers grew up in New Holland and said it is "like a
homecoming as I get to see many people I have not seen for a while."
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Virgil Hudson likes the diverse history of the tractors. His daughter Lizzie
likes hanging out with her family and seeing the tractors.
Young Ryne and Graham were excited about all the tractors, the "hit and miss
engines," and riding in the parade.
The afternoon parade included a couple scooters and lawn mowers, plus tractors
of various brands such as John Deere, Allis Chalmers, Farmall, and Oliver. The
oldest tractor was a 1919 John Deere Waterloo Boy.
It was a nice day for families to come out and see some of the town's history
and farm equipment from over the years.