Michigan Flywheelers Museum Undergoes Leadership Changes

New president Pat Ingalls.

New president Pat Ingalls.

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64958 M-43 Highway Bangor, Michigan 49013

The new year has brought exciting changes to the Michigan Flywheelers Museum of South Haven.

Long time president Fred Krizan of Bangor decided not to seek reelection after many years of involvement with the organization. Vice president Patrick Ingalls of Bangor was elected to replace Krizan. Krizan said that he felt it was a good time to leave the museum, as he felt it was running very well with the present Board. He also wanted more time to spend with his family and more time working on his hobby of collecting. Krizan had been instrumental in the development of the museum's antique engine and tractor show since its beginning.

Ingalls, a collector of Michigan windmills, has also been very involved in museum activities, and had been vice president for the last four years. Director Larry Weniger of Grand Junction is the new vice president.

This year's Swap Meet/Flea Market dates are June 19-21. Members voted recently to change the admission charge to the event to a $3.00 parking fee and a vendor fee of $25.00.

Director Ed Hills of South Haven was elected financial secretary in November; Rich Smith of Gobies, and Elden Janke of Benton Harbor, were reelected Directors.

The 1998 Antique Engine and Tractor Show will be held from Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13. Featured this year will be Case tractors and 'Michigan made' engines. An exciting feature of this year's show will be the newly built viewing area at the saw mill. This was finished in late October and covers both the bleachers and the mill.

The Thursday night 'Jam Session' will be held at the show again this year. Exhibitors are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate. 'Sweaky' the clown (member John Dudley) has volunteered to be our show announcer. Due to popular request the 'Ugliest Tractor Contest' will be brought back this year. The only requirement for entrants is that the tractor must run. Judging is done based on earning points for different categories that only the judges are aware of. (Hint: duct tape earns a point!) In addition, members have been working on expanding and finishing the non-exhibit camping areas.

Plans continue to be under way for the construction of an 80 x 100 foot main building that would house farming exhibits as well as a stage and small concession area. Fund raising has begun among the South Haven business community and through grant writing. Completion is scheduled for fall of the year 2000.

For more information on any of the events, call president Pat Ingalls at (616) 427-8443 or write Lorrie Get-man, Secretary, 254 Hubbard Street, South Haven, Michigan 49090.