Van Buren Flywheelers SHOW REPORT

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57754 CR 388, Grand Junction, MI 49056

The Van Buren Flywheelers Antique Engine and Tractor Club hosted its 7th annual show at the Van Buren Fairgrounds in Hartford, Michigan on September 7, 8, and 9, 1990, and with the weather being absolute perfection for the entire weekend, all we can say is 'Wow!'

While preparing the grounds and doing the many things necessary on Labor Day weekend, the first of the 450 exhibitors and their families were welcomed on Sunday! Fifteen states were represented: Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Ohio, Kansas, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, and our good friends from Canada. These dedicated and hard working people proudly set up and displayed over 4,000 engines and 463 tractors.

Featured tractors for 1990 were Rumely and Allis Chalmers, and they made a good showing: 17 Rumely Oilpulls and 33 Allis Chalmers. Featured engines were 'dragsaws,' a total of 16 of which were seen in action. Our clown, Skweeky, pulled his portable dragsaw to everyone's delight.

Vice president Fred Krizan and member Pat Ingalls coordinated the setting up of the large outdoor flea market and the indoor arts and crafts, which were well attended all weekend. Exhibitors as well as visitors kept the vendors happy, and got many bargains in the process. The club trading post, managed by director Norm Funk and member Mary Krizan, was well supplied with engines, parts, and related items, and also did a brisk business.

Track events are always enjoyed by all, and ours are no exception! The tractor slow races, barrel roll, and tractor and equipment parade were once again capably handled by director Larry Darling, and were thoroughly enjoyed by the 9,000 visitors from 17 states, Canada, Sweden and Scotland!

Norm Stevens was very busy during the show making shingles, which were branded by our blacksmith and given as souvenirs. The Squires family's half-scale sawmill cut many small logs into lumber. We were happy to have John Weaver and his large mill and many of the larger tractors and steamers took turns belting up to cut lumber. Member Don Peck and his crew made sure that his thresher was belted up and working properly.

The Van Buren Fair Board is watching the tremendous growth of our show, with all of the exhibitors, campers, flea marketers, and visitors. The Board has seen that we are running out of room on the 80 acres we have to use, and this year they have reseeded another 37 acres, so we will have room for everyone.

Officers, directors and members of the Van Buren Flywheelers thank all of the participants who made the 7th annual show such a success, and invite you to take part in the 8th annual show, which will feature International engines, tractors, and equipment. The show will be held at the Van Buren Fairgrounds, Hartford, Michigan, on September 5 through 8.