This was our third show at the beautiful Benton County Fairgrounds and it sure was the best ever. We more than doubled the number of gas engine and tractor exhibits over the previous year and had a sevenfold increase over our first year.
This year we had two operating sawmills, buzz rigs, baker fan, dynamometer, steam threshing, stationary baling and a nice parade each day.
Our longest distance visitor was Don MacMillan of Wilts, England who was in this country on business and drove to the show from the northern part of the state. Don is a retired John Deere dealer and is an active collector. B.Z. Cashman of Mayo, Florida showed a nice Brown-wall and was the longest distance exhibitor. Other outstanding exhibits were Gene Pock's 1919 Indiana Tractor shown by Larry Doughty, Carl Sigmand's 1920 Heider, Marion Klutzke's immaculately restored W.C. Allis, Howard Porter's beautiful Economy tractor and Bill Hedrick had an outstanding group of Silver Kings.
As usual Eddie Cox of Amo, Indiana and Paul Metzinger of Boswell had very nice gas engine exhibits. Last but certainly not least, there was Nick Fisher who brought two semi loads in from the north including many nice John Deere tractors, a saw mill and stationary baler. Nick restores and displays the collection of Earl Keel of Valparaiso, Indiana.
We have a tree studded 20 acre fairground with a two acre lake and nice permanent buildings. We still have plenty of room to grow. There is abundant room to camp also. Next year we will have an area to plow and disk adjacent to the show grounds.
Hospitality is what we are known for in this neck of the woods and we hope you can be here next year and get your share! Mark your calendar now August 16,17,18, 1985.