Looking Back At The Gathering of the Orange and ahead to the Red Power Roundup

Antique combines in his collection

This McCormick-Deering combine was manufactured from 1941-1944. It has a 42' cut and a 12 bushel bin. It belongs to David Baxter of Radnor, Ohio. Baxter now has a dozen antique combines in his collection.

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3203 Norton Road, Radnor, Ohio 43066

In 1991 the Marion County Steam and Gas Engine Society, Inc., was happy to host the Allis Chalmers collectors' 'Gathering of the Orange.' On display were more than a hundred Allis tractors plus various other types of Allis machinery. We were all seeing 'Orange' and happy about it.

In 1992, we hope to be seeing lots of International Harvester and forerunner equipment as we look forward to hosting the International Harvester Collectors' 'Red Power Roundup.' We are hoping for 250 or more IH and forerunner tractors along with many other kinds of IH equipment. We are trying to locate some of the more rare pieces, especially some of the household appliances. Of course there will be a big display of tractors and equipment from our own exhibitors.

From a fledgling group of a handful of local collectors organized fifteen years ago, the Marion County Steam and Gas Engine Society, a non-profit organization, has grown to include members from 19 states and Canada.

We are proud to have 'the Henry Hardin Memorial Motorcycle Show' as an integral part of our shows. It includes the finest array of vintage motorcycles in central Ohio. No additional fee is charged for admittance.

Near the Historical Society's Pioneer Green, where a log cabin sits among shady trees, the scene is set for the steam engines display. These are often used to power the antique saw mill installed in a building near the green. A shingle mill, a memorial gift to the group, is operated during the show. A dynamometer and Baker fan are available. You will find an amusing display of turn of the century washing machines. Demonstrations of wheat threshing, straw and fodder baling, corn shredding and shelling using various antique equipment, the grist milling of corn into meal and wheat into flour are all set up to help educate show patrons about the way things were done in the early days of farming. 

There will be a steam table for those exhibiting models. An antique wagon display is located next to the large parts corral where you might happen upon an old part you have been searching for. Special children's activities are planned, too.

The Friday night fiddler's contest, belt up, start-up, slow race contests and our latest attraction, the antique tractor rodeo, are all popular.

We will have arts and crafts for the ladies and a large flea market which everyone enjoys.

We start off Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with a church/memorial service. Everyone is welcome to attend and encouraged to join in singing such old favorites as 'Bringing in the Sheaves.' We have camping on grounds with dumping station privileges upon request at the office. There will be lots of great food and free parking, and off-duty police will provide our night security.

We started out as a small group of dedicated people and have grown into a larger group, but our goal remains the same: to share with others our farming heritage.

Our 1992 show dates are June 18, 19, 20 and 21 (Father's Day). Stop in and say HI! We'd enjoy meeting you. For information call Don Schwartz at (614) 389-1098, or for International Harvester displays call David Gregg at (419)927-9262.