Model Train Show – April 18th

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Sponsored by the Prairie Lakes Division of the NMRA

Saturday, April 18, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum

Admission: $3.00 – Under 12 Free

Featuring the huge 60′ x 80′ Lionel train display!

Visit vendors, see working model railroad displays, modeling contest, clinics, door prizes, and more.

Lunch will be served.

More information available at www.prairielakesdivision.org.

 

Come Hear…the “Man Behind the Mic”…

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Everyone interested in vintage farm tractors and machinery will want to attend this seminar by Dave Morrison…”The Man Behind the Mic.”

He will tell you about old tractors and machinery from the past, in a fact-filled, fun fashion that only Dave can do.

It’s quite an experience!

 

 

Six Named to 2015 Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame

The late Ted Zieman in victory lane, Labor Day in Mason City in 1967. He is a 2015 Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame inductee.

The late Ted Zieman in victory lane, Labor Day in Mason City in 1967. He is a 2015 Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame inductee.

The Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame recently announced its 2015 class of inductees. This year’s class features six individuals that achieved great success in the sport.

The late Ted Zieman plus Gale White, Joel Rasmussen and Willie Kluss were drivers who achieved success at Algona Raceway.

William “Bill” Clegg joins the hall of fame as a Kossuth County native who promoted tracks in other parts of the state.

The late Gary Harken and his wife Joann will be recognized for their many years as track officials and track employees at the Algona track.

The committee, with the help of the living members of the Kossuth Racing Hall of Fame, selected the six inductees for 2015. Candidates not selected will be considered for future inductions.

The date of the induction ceremony will be announce soon.

More details about the Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony will be released when they are available to www.KossuthMuseum.com.

Dirt Modified 101: An Afternoon with Kelly Shryock

Save the date! Modified racer Kelly Shryock will join the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum on Sunday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m.

We will discuss his amazing career, his chassis business and we will remember his father, the late Bob Shryock, who is an inductee into the Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame.

OPEN HOUSE: Sonnenberg to unveil new print at museum open house

Russell Sonnenberg will unveil his latest work on November 30th.

Russell Sonnenberg will unveil his latest work on November 30th.

The Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum hosts Kossuth County, Iowa native Russell Sonnenberg at the museum Sunday, November 30th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm for an open house and new print unveiling.

Sonnenberg’s original artwork and prints are proudly displayed at the museum. Be sure to stop by to meet the artist and take a trip down agriculture’s memory lane.

He will be unveiling his latest artwork, titled “Super Oliver”, as part of the open house.

You are invited to stop by, meet the author and learn more about Kossuth County’s rich ag history.

His beautiful art prints evoke the nostalgia of antique tractors that stir your imagination and bring you back in time! These true to life renderings of Allis-Chalmers, John Deere, International, Oliver and Massey Ferguson tractors are set on a backdrop of authentic looking farm scenes evocative of our yesteryear.

Collectors of Russell Sonnenberg’s artwork are growing nationwide. These beautiful antique tractor prints continue to amaze today’s collectors with their historical accuracy and precision detail – every nut and bolt is in the right place! Every Russell Sonnenberg print is strictly limited to an edition of 2000. Prints are not numbered. These prints are highly prized by collectors – the artist will not authorize them to be printed again.

Sonnenberg’s lithograph prints are for sale at the museum. Proceeds from each sale of prints and framed prints benefit the Kossuth County Agriculture & Motorsports Museum.

The museum can be found online at www.KossuthMuseum.com.

“Sprint Car 101” to be Held at Kossuth Co. Ag & Motorsports Museum

The Kossuth County Agriculture & Motorsports Museum will host “Sprint Car 101, an Afternoon with Norm Wiemers” Sunday, November 23, 2014. The free and open-to-the-public educational program starts at 2:00 p.m.

Norm Wiemers, 2013 inductee into both the Kossuth County Racing and Knoxville Raceway Halls of Fame, will discuss his racing career and answer questions from the audience. Wiemers competed at several Midwestern race tracks and qualified for the very first Knoxville Nationals.

The event is held in conjunction with the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. According to museum curator Tom Schmeh, “We are excited about working with the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona again on the afternoon with Norm Wiemers. It follows our very successful program up there this spring with Jim Edgington, Dick Forbrook and Stacy Redmond. I encourage sprint car fans in North Central Iowa to come out at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, to the Kossuth County Fairgrounds in Algona.”

Individuals interested in learning more about “Sprint Car 101”, or the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, are urged to visit www.sprintcarhof.com. More information about the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum is available at www.kossuthmuseum.com.

More information about the racing career of Norm Wiemers, click here.

Sprint Car 101: An Afternoon with Norm Wiemers…just announced!

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Sprint Car 101 – Norm Wiemers EVENT FLYER

Sprint Car 101: An Afternoon with Norm Wiemers, 2013 inductee into the Kossuth County Racing and Knoxville Raceway halls of fame.

Event is moderated by Chad Meyer.

Hosted by the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum and presented by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.

Sunday, Novemberr 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 p..m.

Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum
800 East Fair Street – Algona, Iowa
(located on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds, on Hwy 169 South

Kossuth County Fair Schedule

Thank you to the great support of our community and county, the following special dates have been added to the museum calendar:

Special events include:

 

Wednesday, July 30 – Bancroft Implement sponsors “Free Admission” to museum during Kossuth County Fair

Thursday, July 31 – Carroll Implement sponsors “Free Admission” to museum during Kossuth County Fair

1:00 p.m. – July 31 – Artist Russell Sonnenburg unveils newest print at museum!

Friday, August 1 – MaxYield Cooperative sponsors “Free Admission” to museum during Kossuth County Fair

Saturday, August 2- PMI Advantage Insurance sponsors “Free Admission” to museum during Kossuth County Fair

Saturday, August 2 – Racing Hall of Fame ceremony

Sunday, November 23rd – “Sprint Car 101″; an afternoon with Norm Wiemers

Reminder, the museum is open each Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm through December 28, 2014.

Benschoter Train Station taking shape

Progress continues on the creation of the Benschoter Train Station.

We thought you would enjoy a peek at the progress being made!

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Significant work has been completed on the mountain, lakes, rivers and bridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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City and countryside landscapes are starting to take shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arlen Benschoter, left, and Dean Benschoter plus great volunteers have put in many hours on the projec!

Photo of the day…

The late Leo Christensen, shown getting ready for modified action at Jackson Speedway. He was a force to be reckoned with where ever he raced. The ‘Eight Ball’ on the door and cigar were ever-present.

Christensen is an 2007 inductee into the Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame.

Photo is from Denny Garber collection.

Leo Christensen