Grant Stories

New building in Bird City features Case tractors

BIRD CITY – A new building to house the Case tractor, implement and automobile collection of a Vernon, Colo., man was erected and completed on the showgrounds of the Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Association days before the 67th annual show was held in the summer of 2020.

The timing couldn’t have been better because the building was used during the event as headquarters for the J.I. Case Heritage Foundation’s 2020 International Expo. Norm Hays worked quickly to get a portion of his collection on display for the expo, and the building also housed a number of rare and unique tractors brought in from all over the country for the event.

The 2021 Threshing Show is coming up. At that show July 29-31, Kory Anderson’s 150 HP Case Road Locomotive will be featured.

Hays funded much of the construction cost for the new building, which was also assisted by grant funding from Bird City’s Century II Foundation and the Hansen Foundation.

The success of the project has prompted two more building projects: a Wellfleet, Neb., man has stepped forward with seed money for a new building to be a year-around office, agricultural reference library, and tractor museum; and another family from Genoa, Colo., is seriously exploring the possibility of providing seed money for a building to house and display their collection of Wagner, International, and Farmall tractors; International pickups and trucks; and International and Caterpillar crawler tractors.