Fall 2017 News Letter

From the Seat of

the President by Dale Schwantes

[email protected]


Hello everyone.

It looks like we had another successful show, and what a show it was with the combined features of Ford, Fordson, Sears Economy and Blacksmithing. There were some very impressive lineups of items that certainly stood out and demanded to be seen. Thank you to all those who exhibited this year’s featured items and to all those who exhibited their cherished iron icons. The weather may not have been perfect, but we still had a plethora of exhibits and a very good crowd of spectators. I believe we can say that we had a successful show, and being successful is what we really want to accomplish.

All team leaders are expected to be present at one of the next board meetings. This is the time to represent your area by making any requests or reporting how things went during the show, or even during the year. The board needs to know if you have any ideas for improvements or what you may need to make things better. This is your responsibility to communicate to the board with any concerns that you may have. The board cannot possibly know your needs unless you present them and we want to give you any assistance that we can. Improvements are important to all of us. That is why the teams have been put into place. This is your area, be responsible for it.

A huge number of THANK YOU’s need to be given to the HARD WORKING members who have put their ALL into making this year’s show the success that it was. It is your passionate dedication that makes DCAPC what it truly is. Thank you to all who worked behind the scenes and to everyone in-between, especially to those who spent endless hours mowing the lawns this summer. Every ounce of your time and help is appreciated. You all deserve a pat on the back and a thank you.

The Board of Directors invited all workers including non-members to the workers party held at the grounds on Sept. 10th at 1:00. A catered meal was provided along with refreshments and comradery. Attendance was impressive! Thanks to team leaders for inviting all their helpers to join us for a fun afternoon. It is always an extra special treat to sample the delicious desserts some of our members contribute to the meal.

Have you purchased your raffle tickets yet? There is still some time, but remember, you only have until Oct. 8th to purchase them. If you are interested in taking the raffle tractor to one of your favorite shows, talk with Harlow Stork (920)728-3139 for the list of shows that are scheduled, and where you would like to take it to. He will be happy to help you. The drawing for the winner will be held at the banquet. If you have not already done so, please be sure to fill out the form in this newsletter for the banquet on Oct. 8th. A palate-pleasing menu is coming your way and you will not want to miss out on that. Not only will there be a delicious dinner, but you will not want to miss out on the drawing of the raffle and the door prizes. I look forward to seeing you there.

In this newsletter is a list of sponsors who have helped us in some way during the show. Please thank these people for being a huge part of our show. Let them know that you are members of the club and give them your (our) support in return. They are important and an asset to us. They need to be recognized and, more importantly, thanked. Show them what DCAPC really is. Our sponsors are very important to us, and we need their support as much as yours.

The toy show will be coming in Dec. at the Waupun Rock River Intermediate School. The team leader for this event is Curt Pernat. He can be reached at (262)567-0566. He has the contacts and the list of what the needs are. Help is also needed to set up and take down tables, take admissions, serve food, and etc. Please get involved and show your support for the club. You may be surprised at how much fun some things can be.

The annual meeting will be held at the grounds on Sunday, Nov. 6th. Elections for board members will be held. Up for election this year are Sandy Frank, Dick Kraemer, and myself, Dale Schwantes. If you or someone you know would like to become a board member, please be at the meeting to nominate them. Remember, we are looking for members who will support the best interest of the club. Several other topics of interest will be brought up too, so do not miss out on an exciting time.

An Old Fashioned Christmas is in the game plan once again. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year. There will be sleigh rides, provided there is snow, or wagon rides if not. The school house will have a Christmas tree and Santa will be there for the kids. Many activities are planned, including cookie decorating, ornament making, and more fun for the kids. The blacksmith shop will be giving demonstrations on making Christmas bells. Contacts for this event are Rae Geb (920)344-9541, and Sue Schwantes (920)210-8984. They are also looking for volunteers to exhibit their antique snowmobiles. Please join in on the fun. Proceeds will go to the Dodge County Food Pantry. You will not want to miss out on this.

This is a good time to work on any incomplete projects. Come on out to the grounds on your off-time in-between shows to finish anything that has already been started, or to take care of any items that need to be repaired. Team leaders take care of your projects. Jim Richardson has a list of projects. You may contact him at (920) 319-1773. He will be glad to assist you in getting started. Remember, you do not need to be at the grounds on Wednesdays. You may go there at your convenience.

You are beneficial to the club for your support and dedication. I know that I cannot thank you enough for your time and dedication. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s Show a success. Thank you also, to all those who help behind the scenes throughout the year and to those going the distance. You really do make this club the success that it is.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dale Schwantes, Club President

Please thank our sponsors!

Burnett Fi r e Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Water for Steam Engines

John N e i t z e l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grain f o r threshing

Russell Kottke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corn f o r Shelling

Vogt Excavating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Moving the loading dock

DCERTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Security

B a l l w e g I m p l e m e n t , K n o w l e s P r o d u c e , P o w e r S p o r t s C o. and R i e s t e r e r & S c h n e l l , I n c . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . .U T V s

Everyone who helped to mow the lawn on the grounds

Our Club’s Thomas the Train

For many years, the DCAPC Express (the kiddy train) has brought smiles to those youngsters to who have ridden it. Show after show, season after season, who knows how many miles have been traveled? For all of those years the DCAPC Express has been a hit with our young enthusiasts. But, like anything else, all good things must come to an end…………..Or do they?

A few years ago three of our members had some foresight about replacing the Express engine. Miles (or hours) were adding up making it a bit worn and weary. Along came Harvey Ziemer, Craig Veirik and Jerry Coughlon, who came up with the idea to build Thomas the Train. Soon they had it complete. They brought it to the grounds to put it to use. I don’t believe that it is a big deal to the passengers on board which engine is pulling the cars Like everyone else, they just want to ride.

Over the past several years our kiddy train has branched out to several other depots. It has been seen at numerous June Dairy Brunches and as it is exposed to new places others have inquired “whose train is that?”, and “can it come to my event?” Yes, it does go to other events, and yes it finds itself being wanted for more.

The latest event at which it was employed was in Juneau at the park for a fund-raiser for special needs children. The event’s theme was Bring Your Favorite Ride. Cars, trucks, bikes and anything ride-able was solicited. Of course, the club was asked to have a tractor display and to bring Thomas the Train. Unfortunately, the County Fair and the Baraboo show were at that very same time, so we did not have any tractors for display there, but, we did get Thomas the Train there.

All exhibitors registered when they entered the park with their ride Throughout the day visitors voted for their favorite ride. At the conclusion of the day trophies were handed out to the exhibitors with the most votes. Yes, Thomas the Train won a trophy too! Thanks to Harvey, Craig, Jerry and all the people involved with the building (and rebuilding) of the club’s train. It’s a good thing that some of our members are train enthusiasts!

by Dale Schwantes




2017ford raffle

The raffle tractor is selling tickets very well. We are are almost out of tickets. As of this writing, we still have 6 tractor shows to go. It would be nice to see other members step in to give some of us a little break . It can be fun meeting people from other areas and talk to them and help the club with the raffle. To get tickets to sell, or to volunteer to show the tractor, you may call me at 920-728-3139 or Matt Feucht 920-319-2281. The tickets sell at 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.

Thank You, Your Raffle Cordinator, Harlow Stork


The Barn raising has begun! Work on raising the frame began during the Annual Show in August. Members of the Barn Committee continue to work on reconstruction of our barn as weather permits.

Call Bill Madison @ (920) 319-2105 if you would like to join in the fun!


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Schoolhouse Notes:

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We scraped and painted the front porch, the back porch railing and the cellar doors before the show this year.  Thank you Sue S. for the flowers!

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The plan is to scrape and paint the entire outside of the house some time next summer.  Volunteers would be absolutely awesome!

A spring storm took a tree down in our playground area, damaging the teeter totters. Repairs are planned. Some serious tree trimming was done on the cottonwoods in the schoolyard to avoid future damage from falling trees and/or limbs.

We are in the process of installing a swing set in the schoolyard.

We are still looking for someone to help with building windows for the east side of the schoolhouse. The end plan is to also have working storm shutters built to fit each window so that they can be pulled shut from the inside and locked up for the winter.


Vintage Toys

Dolls, Doll Houses, Rocking Horses

Trains, Trucks, Tractors, Games, Mechanical Toys

Fiber Arts Demonstrations throughout the day

We are looking for vintage (antique) toys of any kind. This is going to be so much fun! Please call me at (920) 386-2565 to let me know that I can count on you for a display item.

Michelle Zahn Chair, Women’s Committee

920-386-2565 [email protected]


I would like to thank all members and non-members for helping out during the Show. A big thank you to all Girl Scouts. Thank you to all the wonderful women who made desserts for the show. Thank you to everyone who bought in food for workers during the week before the show.

Next year I hope we see new faces in the kitchen. All we ask is that you work two hours during the Show. Again, I would like to thank everyone who stepped up the plate. Your help is greatly appreciated.

– Dale Schwantes

If you could make a note in the news letter regarding trimming of some trees and wrapping of others. Planning to set something up for the month of October. If anyone is interested in helping they just need to call me with their interest and I will save their number and call them when we have something scheduled. My number is 920-296-2477. Thank You

– Lisa Wanie


Banquet Oct 8, coctails at 4:30, dinner at 5:30

Annual Meeting Nov 5, 1 pm at grounds

Toy Show Set-up Dec 8, 6pm

Toy Show Dec 9, 9am-4pm & 10, 9am-3pm

Board Meeting Dec 10, 1pm at Toy Show

Winter Wonderland Dec 16, 10-4 at Grounds (snow date 1/13)

Board Meeting Jan 7, 2018, 1pm location TBA

Board Meeting Jan 20 & 21, 1-4pm Crystal Creek Cabin Fever

Board Meeting Feb 11, 1pm location TBA

Tractor Tour To England, Wales & Ireland

 Great Dorset Steam Fair (final 2 days of trip)

August 15 – 25, 2018

Deadline to register for trip May 1, 2018

Contact Wayne Larson (920) 387-2248

Standing Committees

• am Wednesday Crew – Chair Jim Richardson (920) 319-1773

• pm Wednesday Crew – Chair Bill Madison (920) 319-2105

• News Letter – Michelle Zahn (920) 386-2565

• 2018 Feature Minneapolis Moline/Twin City Tractors & Equipment, Minneapolis Moline Garden Tractors

Co-Chairs: Bob Dykstra (920)210-5533, Scott Feucht (920)296-9321

John Kasmiski (920)296-9326 and Bill Madison (920) 319-2105

• Women’s Center Committee

Chair Michelle Zahn (920) 386-2565

• Music and Entertainment – Tony Schwantes (920) 382-9073

and Harlow Stark (920) 728-3139

• Children’s Activities Needs a Chair

• Gardening – Sue Schwantes (920) 210-9894

• Jam’N Juneau – Cochairs Jim Zahn (920) 650-1960 and

Sue Bintzler (920) 979-0536

• Plow Days Needs a Chair

The Toy Show – Chairs Curt Pernat (262) 567-0566 and

Dave VandeZande, Jr. (920) 324-0376

• Dairy Display – Chair Bill Madison (920) 319-2105

You do not need to be a board member to chair a committee


Wish List

• We need a washing machine for the kitchen. Call Sue Schwantes 920-210-9894 if you have one to give.

• Would like more flowers for the grounds. Call Sue Schwantes 920-210-9894.

• Still looking for a wooden silo

• Still accepting batteries and scrap iron donations

• Need volunteers interested in developing displays of our many historical farm and factory items. Please contact Jim Richardson at 920-319-1773