Route 6, Box 235, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
The grounds at the Little Ponderosa were cleaned and most of the hauling was done. We were ready to start our 24th annual show. The show has gone to a three day show held the second weekend in August.
Friday evening started out with a potluck supper about 7 o'clock with lots of good food and conversation. After potluck was a special pull for anyone with a John Deere H, this was won by Ralph Holbrook with George Perkovick taking second.
We also had what we think is a first. It was a gas engine can-shooting contest which was won by yours truly with Jeff and Greg Holbrook taking second. We hope to make this an annual event.
We had four steamers that were running the threshing machine, Melvin Gullickson's sawmill and the Baker Fan.
The steamers were as follows:
22 HP Advance Rumely-owner Ken Brownell, Eau Claire;
22HP Advance Rumely-owner Dale Lunderville, Eau Claire;
65 HP Case-owner Gary Schacht, Stanley;
Minneapolis HP unknown-owner Ken Majeski, Ellsworth.
Herman Gindt also had a nice scale model Case with which he made shingles and cut silage.
Saturday, August 8, was a slow, steady, rainy day, but it didn't stop the Antique Tractor Pull although it was a bit muddy. There were a lot of entries and they were pulling well into the evening. The gas engine lineup had many brands represented from a 22? HP Bessemer all the way down to some real nice scale models.
Sunday, August 9, turned out to be a bright, sunny day. We had church services in the morning followed by all kinds of festivities all through the afternoon. Starting with the Parade of Power, then the Kid's Pedal Pull. This was followed by the cross-cut saw competition which was won by Mick Erickson and Tim Johnson in the men's class. The last event of the day was the Leman's race which is always fun to watch.
We had a very good turnout on both Saturday and Sunday, and our show continues to grow every year. Next year is our 25th anniversary so we have lots of work to do, as it will be quite a celebration. We are looking forward to it and would like to welcome anyone who cares to attend.
A special thanks to a few people who helped make a great show: Mike Mahnke, Bessemer, Michigan; Howard C. Tandberg, Forest Lake, Minnesota; John Palmer, California.
A very special thanks to Wayne Stotebury who has stepped down after doing a super job as president the last three years. Also thanks to everyone who was a part of this show as you're all a great bunch.
Hope to see you the second weekend in August of 1988. Anyone wanting information can write me at the above address.