Mechanical History Show

Old tractors

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4353 75th St. N.W., Oronoco, Minnesota 55960

The 1990 16th annual Mechanical History Show at Rochester, Minnesota July 28-29 went off without a hitch. Well, almost. The oats were bound and shocked a week in advance, and then it rained cats and dogs for a week. 90% of the threshing took place a week after. However, we prayed for sun, and that's what we got during show hours.

Case was featured, and we had a nice array of orange (and gray). Best pre-war Case was a 12-20 by Russ Church; best post-war was a VAH by Loren Simmons. Ed and Carla Schuth captured non-tractor honors for their nice exhibition. Best non-Case was the famous V8 8N of Palmer Fossum, and best engines went to Wayne Welch for his excellent display.

We couldn't plow, so we had four slow tractor races, two won by a 9N of Leonel Xuya of Guatemala. A horse pull was very popular, and a parade of power was used both days. The petting zoo was a hot item.

The mud was abundant, and the old tractors got a workout pulling cars and trucks free. A large number of all color tractors was appreciated by the crowds. An interesting interview was taped with Mr. Merle Moenke, a Case dealer from 1931 to 1960. He had some tales to tell, and many of his customers were on hand to debate.

So, in spite of rain, a good time was had by all.