The Ninga Sports Grounds were a beehive of activity on Sunday, July 17, when the newly formed Turtle Mountain Flywheel Club had their first showing of old tractors, threshing, sawing, etc. Approximately 1,000 people attended the show coming from points as far as 200 miles in Canada and quite a number from North Dakota.
Rev. Angus McColl held a special service for our first show. His most inspiring address was given to honor the pioneers of the West.
A Psalm which he composed for the occasion was a most worthy tribute to our early settlers. Of the many items on display from the spectators viewpoint were the threshing by John Jones' Rumely tractor and separator; Glen Patterson steam engine, Bob McMillan's model steam engine, lumber sawing with Owen Jones' sawmill assisted by the Baldocks and Ken Finnie Baling with a horse powered baler operated by Spence Patterson and Grant Chambers. Bill Davies supplied the horse and was engineer in charge.
Mr. Dalley of Ninette had an interesting display of flywheel engines, also Bill Cambell of Killarney, Harvey Graham and son, Roger, of Minto; Bill Jones of Deloraine. The Bartley brothers and Grant Chambers had various makes of tractors on view. Les Bartley hauled grain with his 1928 truck, Ab Dixon and John Chambers had engines grinding grain and splitting wood. Eight other club members had various makes and sizes of tractors
There were quite a number of agricultural items of an earlier age on the grounds and in the arena. The Ninga ladies were very busy all day catering to the large crowd, at an old-fashioned price of .10? per cup for coffee, and homemade pie and hamburgers at very reasonable prices.
Mrs. Bartley presented a trophy in memory of her late husband. This was for the most interesting exhibit. Bill Davies and Grant Chambers shared the honors with the horsepower baling display.
The judges also commented on the fine appearance of the Tripp's 20-35 Allis Chalmers tractor in its original paint. Many compliments were received for a fine show, which was most gratifying for the new club.
Please feel welcome to the visit the antique machine show at Ninga, a small community with a big welcome.