Deer Creek Sodbusters

Deer Creek Sodbusters

Preserving America's Agricultural Heritage



Our Mission Statement

Deer Creek Sodbusters, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of America’s agricultural heritage. 


We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation.  All donations  to our show and our organization are tax deductible.

From Biblical times until just prior to the beginning of the 20th Century, farming throughout the world has relied mainly on human muscle power with only the help of farm animals and crudely designed tools and implements.  Unfortunately, these are the only methods still known to much of the world.  But here in America, in the last 100 years or so, we have progressed from horse power, to steam power, to gasoline and diesel power.  And in less than 50 years we have progressed from 2 or 3 plow tractors to huge 4-wheel drive monsters with over 200 HP engines, air-conditioned cabs and space-age, electronic, computerized technology.  We have gone from farming one or two rows at a time to up to 20 rows or more.  Since the time our ancestors first settled here on the Great Plains and began making their living working the land, a wilderness, once known as the “Great American Desert”, has been transformed into the bread basket for the world.  The family farm is the rock solid foundation upon which this great nation we call the United States of America was built.  Life on the farm back then was not easy.  Survival depended on practicing such old fashioned values as hard work, self-reliance, strong family ties, faith in the Almighty, and an interdependence of neighbors helping neighbors. 

This is the great heritage that the Deer Creek Sodbusters demonstrate annually at our show, and which we hope to help preserve for future generations.

As a reinforcement of our mission, in the year 2000, our event received national recognition when it was officially designated as a “Local Legacy” as part of the US Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration.  We are the only antique tractor and machinery show in Nebraska to receive this honor.  The purpose of the Local Legacy program was to preserve records of events representing the diverse culture of this country at the Library of Congress for research by future generations of Americans.  A documentation package of the Deer Creek Sodbusters show was submitted to and remains on file at the Folk Life center in the Library of Congress.  Members of the Deer Creek Sodbusters were invited to and attended special celebrations in Washington, DC as part of this recognition.  Copies of our Local Legacy documentation package were also placed as reference material in the city libraries in Sterling and Tecumseh, plus a copy was placed in the library at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice.

You can visit our local legacy page by clicking here.

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