RIVERBEND SHOW

Delco Power Plant

Vic Mattews nicely restored Delco Power Plant exhibited at the 1978 Riverbend Steam and Gas Engine show.

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8637 Sparta Ave., Sparta, Mich. 49345.

The Riverbend Steam & Gas Association held their 10th annual show at the Claude Scholma farm, located 1? miles south of Allendale, Michigan on July 21 and 22, 1978.

The exhibits displayed consisted of nicely restored operating equipment which included: 3 steam traction engines, 2 model steam traction engines, 3 grain separators, stationary baler, shingle mill, saw mill, buzz saw, corn husker, corn sheller, stone flour mill and a large variety of tractors and gas engines. The grain threshing and sawmilling was done with power supplied by the steam engines alternating with the Rumely Oil Pulls owned by John Huitema and Bud Rosema, the Greyhound and International tractors owned by Lee and Claude Scholma and a John Deere tractor owned by Frank Tomac from Frankenmuth, Michigan. The hand feed sterling thresher powered by a 6 HP I.H.C. Famous gas engine was kept busy by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Sharon Schut.

Flour from Claude Scholma's 110yearold flour mill powered by Randy Styf's Huber Model L tractor and shingles from the shingle mill powered by a rare Waterloo Boy stationary power unit owned by Sharon Schut, were sold to visitors to help meet show expenses. Tom Rosema was in charge of the corn husking demonstration, something which is rarely seen at shows. Tom powered the corn husker with his beautifully restored old style John Deere B.

Many sharply restored gas engines were exhibited. Probably the rarest one was the 'Dalman Engine' which was featured on exhibitors plaques this year, given out to all those who exhibited at the show.

Good food was provided by a local church group. Home made ice cream was made and served by the ladies of the club. With the exception of a short rain shower on Friday night the weather for the show was near perfect.

We thank the Lord for keeping our show free from all accidents. We are also thankful for the fine cooperation of everyone, exhibitors and visitors alike to a successful show. Plans are underway for the 1979 show which will be Friday and Saturday July 20 and 21, same place. We invite you to come and experience with us the sights, sounds and smells of the old time equipment at our next show.