Masseys Up North

Michigan Steam and Gas Show Celebrates 35 Years of Reverence

Massey-Harris tractors lined up

Rows of Massey-Harris tractors lined up for the 35th Annual Riverbend Steam and Gas Show in July 2003.

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The 35th Annual Riverbend Steam and Gas Show in Allendale, Mich., was held July 18-19, 2003. The show was held on club member Lee Scholma's farm, as it has been for the last 30 years. Lee's father was one of the club's founding members.

The 2003 show's feature tractor was Massey-Harris. Sixteen Massey-Harris tractors made the trip, and exhibitor and Massey-Harris fan Nelson Victory brought about half of those.

The Friday night tractor pull was a great success, with a long line of tractor owners awaiting their chance to pull the club's stone boat. The pull challenges the power of all the tractors, as the stone boat has to be started with a 'dead' pull.

New club member Luke Tonneberger showed off the 20-40 OilPull he recently acquired. He tested it many times on the club's Baker fan, and we look forward to seeing this big machine again in 2004.

One of the founding members of our club, Tom Rosema, passed away last May. He owned a large collection of tractors, engines and farm equipment, and had a wealth of old-iron knowledge. In his memory, his son brought Tom's 7 HP Economy engine to the show.

In 2003, we added a pre-show heavy weight horse power demonstration on Thursday night and draft horse demonstrations Saturday morning, with several teams taking a turn at plowing. We also had a tractor parade Saturday afternoon, giving spectators another chance to see the show's tractors in action.

The 2004 show will be held on July 16-17, and this year we'll feature Minneapolis-Moline tractors and also welcome the Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America. Hope to see you there, and don't forget to sample the wonderful homemade ice cream!

Contact engine and tractor enthusiast Rick Gilder at: 2222 92nd St., Byron Center, Ml 49315; (616) 878-0846.