CHELSEA, Iowa - This small city of about 270 people doubled, maybe even tripled in size this weekend. While many came to Chelsea for the food or the tractor pulls - both big and small - some were here for their own special reasons, like brothers Tim and Matt Bazyn.
“My grandfather grew a beard for the 100th, and we have a picture of him we always remember. So my brother and I grew our beards for the 150th,” Tim said.
The Bazyn brothers both won prizes in this year’s beard contest. The prize for most unusual beard went to Tim.
“I had some extra style in here, so I had some curls over here, and curls here. So that’s how I won,” Tim explained.
Matt won for darkest beard.
“There were a lot of reds and grays,” Matt told us.
Down the street, a car show with plenty of hot rods to gawk at. Corrine and Joe Kimm brought their 1963 Nova SS and 1923 Ford roadster.
“I drive the ‘63 Nova SS,” Corrine Kimm said. “It’s the same year I was born. It’s kind of special to me.”
But this is also where Joe’s mother grew up.
“When I was a kid, we’d come down here quite often.”
He hasn’t spent much time here recently, but he says it’s nice to be back to relax and relive memories.
“It’s a lot different for me because like I said, it was 50-some years before I ever came back. I drove through town quite often, but to come back and hang out it was a little different for me.”
Nearby, some slightly less flashy but no less interesting engines on display.
“From the 1930’s, and some of them are earlier,” said Kevin Dvorak, tinkering with one of his smaller engines. Dvorak restores these as a hobby, and he loves showing them off when he gets a chance.