In the last half of 2016, the TEDTEA coordinators were hard at work ironing out the details on purchasing 10.5 acres next to our existing grounds. Thanks to a giant generous donation the deal was closed as the year ended. Since then, volunteers have been hard at work clearing the land to make it the new parking lot for visitors during the show.
This picture was taken a couple weeks after we closed on the property. You can see the fence line has been cleared and a new fence going up:
This picture was taken after Sohns Construction donated some time with their D6 to clear the rest of the trees.
The area in green shows the existing 48 acre showgrounds, the area in red is the 10.5 acres we purchased.
This new area increases the showgrounds by 20%! This will allow us to have more visitors come during the show and have room to start some new displays!
For quite a while now, our static freestanding engine displays have been at the mercy of the elements. We’ve been working to address that issue. Thanks to Earl Madsen and Jim Waley for all the work put in. Check out their handwork below.
Earl Madsen took his ’37 John Deere B with his ’60’s era John Deere 2 row corn planter out for a spin this weekend. The corn planted is grown on the Texas Early Day Tractor and Engine Association’s show grounds and is harvested during our Summer club workdays and stored for use in our demonstrations during our Annual show (first weekend in October).
Thanks to all our participants at this weekend’s Workday/Tree planting. We got all the trees in the ground and irrigated before the end of the day. There is still an opportunity to donate for the trees if folks are interested.
On 8/06/14 Earl Madsen hooked up his ’37 John Deere B and set out to bring in the Corn at the Texas Early Day Tractor and Engine Association show grounds. 2 days and 2 carts later, he finished. To say we had a bumper crop this year is to put it lightly. The cooler weather and timely rain brought us in plenty of ears ready to shell for this year’s show. Thanks again to Earl for his effort in planting, maintaining and harvesting the corn! Be sure to look for Earl at this year’s show for his corn shelling demo!