Thumb Area Old Engine & Tractor Club 16th Show

Cushman scooters

A beautiful display of Cushman scooters owned by Carl Cassel, Linwood, Michigan.

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464 S. 5th St. Sebewaing, Michigan 48759

The sun was bright and clear all three days for our 16th annual show. And what a great show we had, thanks to all the exhibitors, flea market people, and all the visitors. Thanks, and hope you come again to our next show.

The fairgrounds were filled by noon Saturday. We had 102 tractors, 246 gas engines, five steam engines of various sizes, 36 antique cars and trucks, and a nice display of restored Cushman motor scooters. The name Cushman is well known in gas engine land, as they make a lot of gas engines used on sprayers, cement mixers, and a lot of other machinery, including grain binders.

We had a pedal tractor pull again this year, and 75 children pedaled their little hearts out to try and win a prize. We give all the children a prize, not just the ones who win. We held a Sunday morning church service, and would like to thank Pastor Dave Burkeet.

We, the club's members, would like to thank our president, Brian Oldenburg, and all the officers for the fine job they did again this year. They spend many, many hours putting the show, together. Thanks also to our ladies' auxiliary for all the time they put into taking care of the flea market people and all the help they gave to the club this past year.

I don't like to start naming names of exhibitors, but there are some who bring displays that we need to thank for helping our show. So I will stick my neck out now and name a few: Brian Oldenburg, Saginaw, Michigan for bringing his Puffer Maker fan; David Babcock, Cass City, Michigan for bringing his 12 HP Economy engine, and his Ann Arbor stationary baler to bale the wheat straw. The wheat was threshed with the club's 28' grain separator, a Red River Special. Mic Deering and Jim Albrecht used their 30 x 50 Oil Pull to run the separator, and we also used some other tractors on the grain separator.

Thanks to Donnie Schneider, Clifford, Michigan for bringing his portable saw mill and tractor to run it; Harold Husted, Harrison, Michigan for bringing his shingle mill; Lawrence Kennard, Vassar, Michigan for bringing his wood planer; Bill Isham, Millington, Michigan for bringing his drag saw; Stanley Robinson, Davidson, Michigan, for bringing his self propelled upright boiler steam engine and using it to roast the cob corn.

Carl Cassel, Linwood, Michigan brought his nice display of restored Cushman scooters; Dick Witkausky, Caro, Michigan showed his corn shredder; Tom 'the bird' Starling, Auburn, Michigan displayed his rope machine; Pete Pierson, Artenville, Michigan donated the use of a P.A. system.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Ripps Concession served all the food at our show. Lawrence Languski, Ubly, Michigan brought his Russell compound steam engine again this year. Lyle Higgins, Akron, Michigan brought a nice display of horse drawn plows, all different makes. We would also like to thank all the business people, the flea market people, exhibitors, and club members who donated money and items for our club auction.

All exhibitors and flea market people are invited to a free corn roast Friday night and a hot dog roast Saturday night. Exhibitors receive a free plaque, ribbon and badge. Our show will be held at the Caro, Michigan Fairgrounds on August 7, 8, 9, 1992.