25th Annual Show At Buckley, Michigan

Purple steam whistle tower

Buckley's purple steam whistle tower.

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5430 Voice Road Kingsley, Michigan 49649-9607

We at the Buckley Old Engine Show enjoyed our 25th annual event, with fantastic weather and our biggest crowds ever!!

We had close to 100,000 people attend our four day show. We had 400-plus tractors with Fordson and Ford tractors being our featured tractors. We had a good showing of the featured tractors. Howard Southwell and Russell Royce had 10 of their Fordsons in attendance.

Over 600 engines were putt-putting away over the four day show. Antique cars and trucks always make a good showing with Gene Hartwig's 1917 model T being a big hit. The club's 1918, 40-70 Flour City is a big tractor and it is fun to see people looking up and marveling at its size.

Our flea market had over 700 venders this year. I don't think I made it through half of it.

Sam Zue and his crew kept the sawmill busy. People love to see a sawmill working. We can run our sawmill with a traction engine, gas tractor, the club's Skinner stationary steam engine, or our 77 HP Anderson hothead engine. The Anderson's muffler makes perfect smoke rings. Berney Depauw made a lot of apple cider with the club's 1906 cider mill. Free cider and it goes pretty fast.

Our blacksmiths are kept busy stamping veneer from the veneer mill and shingles from the shingle mill. The foundry is in the same building as the blacksmith's, where he makes cast dinner bells.

1993 we will have our oil well pumping engine and big wheel going. The big wheel pumped eight oil wells at the same time with some of the wells being one mile away. We also have a wooden bowl mill, a flooring mill and a nice wood working display. We had a good showing of arts and crafts again this year.

Jim Shillington and the threshing crew had the threshing and baling display running at 10:30 and 1:30 daily, with steam, gas and horses providing the power. Amos Rixmann and Greg Lues put on the horse power testing exhibit, with a prony brake and draw bar testing.

Food at Buckley is always a treat. We have homemade Amish ice cream made with power provided by a 3 HP John Deere engine.

We would like to thank Frank Hansen and his wife for bringing his old #79 John Deere all wheel drive tractor. It is reputed to be the oldest John Deere tractor in existence. Our steam building is a great exhibit with the 350 HP Corliss being the centerpiece.

I can't forget the purple steam whistle tower (yes, purple) morning whistle, noon whistle, and dinner whistle. If you slept through the 6:00 a.m. whistle we had a 6:15 snooze whistle.

Another highlight is Leonard Clous's Peerless portable steam engine. Leonard bought the engine from the Henry Ford Museum. Henry Ford and President Harding were walking through the woods at the Harding farm, when Ford expressed interest in the engine. The engine belonged to Harding's father. Ford had it restored and put in the museum until Leonard purchased it.

I would like to thank all who helped put on the show. It takes a lot of people to put on an excellent show!!

In 1993 we will be featuring Minneapolis and Minneapolis-Moline tractors and Novo gas engines. We would like to have a wide range of Minneapolis and Minneapolis-Moline on exhibit.

If you would like more info on the M and M-M exhibit contact Jim Luper, 5430 Voice Road, Kingsley, Michigan 49649.

The Buckley Old Engine Show is always the third weekend in August. The 1993 show dates are the 19th through the 22nd of August. Hope to see you all there!

P. S. Full size steam powered railroad coming soon!!