P.O. Box 237 Royal Center, Indiana 46978 Written by Mary Kaye Shutt 339 Little Blue Road Georgetown, Pennsylvania 15043
The 5th annual National & Worldwide 'International Harvester Collectors' Red Power Round-Up, which was hosted by the Beaver Valley Antique Equipment &. Crafts Association, Inc., in Hookstown, Pennsylvania, on September 15, 16, 17, & 18, 1994, is now history. The 'Harvester Dreamland' was held in conjunction with the 11th annual show of the Beaver Valley Antique Equipment & Crafts Association, Inc. The weather was good until after noon on Saturday, when the skies opened and dumped two inches of rain in about three hours. However, on Sunday it cleared and dried up and was a beautiful final day.
There were exhibitors and vendors from Nebraska to Massachusetts to Florida to Canada. The equipment exhibited was: tractors 303; engines 44, implements 25, vehicles 23; miscellaneous items 43. Also displayed were IHC exhibits of original owners manuals, refrigerator, memorabilia, toys, hats, uniforms, signs, cookie cutters, pedal tractors and various other items. The display of 'RED' equipment was very impressive. A number of very unusual models were available for viewing by the spectators. Approximately 6,000 people came through the gates. They came from California, Florida, Vermont, Ontario, Quebec, as well as England, and an exchange student from Brazil.
Saturday morning the IHC-only parade was held. It was a beautiful sight for the full grandstand of spectators to enjoy. The parade ended with Andrew Bolan of Berkshire, England, driving a Model B-414 IHC tractor owned by Myron Elliott of Hookstown, Pennsylvania. This tractor was manufactured in Yorkshire, England, by IHC. The plant is still in operation.
The National International Harvester Collectors Association operated a table for information in the IH Arena, and they signed up several new members. There were also several chapters set up with displays to promote their chapters. Preceding the start of the annual membership meeting, Roger Javens, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, supervisor, presented a proclamation to Mike Androvich, National IHC president, and Jim Shutt, president of Western Pennsylvania Chapter of IHC. The proclamation declared the week, September 12 through 18, 1994, as RED POWER WEEK in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. During the annual meeting of IHC, three new chapters were recognized. They were: Minnesota, Western Pennsylvania and Central Pennsylvania. This brings to 17 the number of chapters of the IHC Club. The Western Pennsylvania chapter was formed as a result of having the 5th annual Red Power Round-Up. The Central Hawkeye Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc., and the Iowa Chapter of IHC manned a booth giving out information on the 6th annual Red Power Round-Up to be held near Waukee, Iowa, July 21-23, 1995. The Beaver Valley Antique Equipment and Crafts Association, Inc., had the U.S. Postal Service, Hookstown, Pennsylvania, Station on the premises. There were picture postcards of IH equipment for sale, then the post office would cancel the cards with the custom postmark. They had designed their own postmark. They still have some belt buckles available, and they are still accepting orders for their video.
The food served during the 5th annual Red Power Round-Up and the 11th annual show of the Beaver Valley Antique Equipment and Crafts Association, Inc., was all prepared by local organizations. The Beaver County 4-H Stockmans Club had a food stand in one area of the IH arena. Ruthie's Kitchen was an outside stand operated by the Hookstown Grange #1980, known for their large orders of curly fries. The Hookstown Fire Department served a breakfast buffet at the fire hall, across the road from the show grounds. No one left there hungry! The dinner committee of the Hookstown Grange #1980, besides serving sandwiches for lunch, had complete meals for dinner in the dining room. The Grange sold 334 homemade from scratch pies, which is over 2,000 pieces! Boy, they sure were good!
A big THANK YOU is extended by the Beaver Valley Antique Equipment and Crafts Association, Inc., to all exhibitors, vendors, campers, and spectators who participated in any way, shape, or form.