Froelich Fall-der-All will share history Sept. 28-29

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Grinding corn by hand (shown here), making ice cream and cider pressing apples are just a few of the hands-on activities kids will enjoy at Froelich’s annual Fall-der-All on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29. (North Iowa Times file photo)

Let history come alive through fun demonstrations, tours and more at the annual Froelich Fall-der-All, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29.

For many years, Fall-der-All has been a local fall tradition for Froelich, which is known as the birthplace of the first gas-powered tractor to propel itself forward and backward, created by John Froelich in 1892.

In true Froelich fashion, tractors will start off the celebration on Saturday, with sign-up for a tractor ride beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride leaving at 9:30 a.m. It will end at Froelich around 12:30 p.m. 

Following the ride, participants are encouraged to showcase their tractors at Fall-der-All through Sunday afternoon. Both newer and older tractors will be displayed.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Fall-der-All attendees can reminisce and enjoy old-time demonstrations, including blacksmithing, rope making, wool spinning, wood carving and cider pressing apples. A special threshing display will start around 1:30 p.m. each afternoon. Some hit-and-miss engines can also be viewed.

Kids will enjoy making ice cream and grinding corn by hand. Little barrel rides will be offered throughout the weekend, and a pedal tractor pull will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Make sure to come to Fall-der-All hungry, as pork loin sandwiches, turkey and dressing sandwiches, hot dogs, chili dogs, beans, chips, ice cream and homemade pie will be served on Saturday.

On Sunday, start the day off right with breakfast in the barn, featuring a hearty meal of pancakes with pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, homemade applesauce and a beverage. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The big raffle drawing will take place at 3 p.m.

While visiting Fall-der-All, attendees are welcome to check out the Froelich Museum 1890s historical village, comprised of Burlingame’s General Store, Froelich tractor replicas, the Cowell semi building, a warehouse, blacksmith shop, one-room school house, train depot and vintage barn.

For more information about Fall-der-All, please visit

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