The Forest City Threshers and the Atwater Threshers joined forces to co-host the fall meeting of the Minnesota Association of Antique Power Shows (MAAPS) Saturday Oct. 9, at the Forest City Threshing Association Show Grounds. The two local threshing associations teamed up to provide a meeting place, food, and refreshments for the statewide association. MAAPS is an organization to help all antique power shows work together to define best practices for these events. MAAPS meets twice a year to share ideas, concerns, and suggestions about antique power and threshing shows as to how they can do a better job in presenting their shows and to function in a more professional manner.
President of the MAAPS, Jody Hicks, presided over the business meeting which was attended by the members of numerous threshing shows from across the state. Reports were given by attendees as to attendance levels of their respective shows as well as what a number of them are doing and are planning to do this coming year. All reported attendance numbers substantially above last year, primarily due to the impact of COVID-19.
There was also discussion as to how the various threshing shows were dealing with their respective food stands and food vendors. Additional discussion focused on ideas for more interactive exhibits and displays and how to get additional membership involvement throughout the year. Considerable time was also used in discussion on how to get younger folks as well as 4-H and FFA clubs more involved in show activities.
After the meeting adjourned, the visitors took the opportunity to tour the Forest City Threshing Show Grounds to observe some of their new and, work-in-progress projects. The steam-driven electrical power generators, which were moved to Forest City from the City of Benson a number of years ago, drew considerable interest. The tobacco display, being the only tobacco growing display in the upper Midwest, also drew generated significant interest. Visitors were impressed at the amount of new construction and new displays that has taken place over the last 3-4 years.
Ron Hennes President of the Atwater Threshers and Dave Jutz President of the Forest City Threshers were both commended for their efforts in hosting the event for the Minnesota Association of Antique Power Show by MAAPS President Jodi Hicks. This is the first time that MAAPS has met at Forest City.