The Door County Historical Society’s Sunday, September 4th program at the Heritage Village at Big Creek is an old-fashioned Sunday picnic featuring the Cherryland A’s Car Club. The model As will decorate the Village for extended hours from 11 am to 3 pm. Joining the Ford Model As, are an International Harvester Farmall Tractor 350, a Studebaker “Izzer” carriage, ice cream making and blacksmith demonstrations, and the exhibit Wisconsin’s John Muir. And, of course, what is a Sunday picnic without fried chicken?
Model As represented the Ford Motor Company’s second success following the Model Ts. Prices for the Model A ranged from $385 for a roadster to $1,400 for the top-of-the-line Town Car. Features included a four-cylinder water-cooled engine that could hit around 65 mph…quite zippy for 1927! Some versions, had fuel gauges, rear-view mirrors, and an aftermarket unit that provided heat to the cab. The Model A was the first car to have a windshield made of . The Model A came in a wide variety of styles and you will be able to see several styles displayed by the Cherryland A’s Car Club including a 1929 Model A pickup truck and a 1930 Model A roadster.
On display will be the newest artifact to the Society’s collection, a Studebaker Izzer buggy with an auto seat. From 1890-1915, Izzer buggies were one of the most successful Studebaker designs, producing about 10,000 a year; they could have sold more if they had the plant capacity. The name Izzer came from the story of a farmer who wanted to buy a new horse. Fed up with the nags that were paraded before him, the farmer said, “I don’t want a Wuzzer, I want a Izzer.”
Joining the Model As and Izzer will be a fully restored International Harvester row crop tractor, Farmall 350. Because the tractor had the ability to be a farm workhorse, performing all farm tasks, it was named farm all! In 1956, the tractors were the first generation to bear the now famous International Harvester red and white.
Besides all the exhibits, you may take a turn on the crank to make homemade ice cream; samplings will be available to those who help crank!
Explore the Heritage Village during self-guided tours on Sept. 4, 11 am – 3 pm. The Heritage Village is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Admission to the Village’s historic buildings; Ford model A’s, tractor, Studebaker Izzer carriage, and Wisconsin’s John Muir; ice cream making and blacksmith demonstrations is $5 for adults 18 years and older; no admission fee is charged for children. Chicken dinners, ice cream floats and sundaes are available for purchase. To pre-order chicken dinners (pre-orders are not required, but are appreciated) or for further information, contact the Society at (920) 421-2332 or [email protected].