Well, the Third Annual Switzerland County Antique Tractor and Engine Show was held on June 26 & 27, 1999 at Vevay, Indiana, and for the third year, we were blessed with rain for our show. We did manage to get most of the activities in. The worst rains came on the evening of Saturday, June 26, and Sunday afternoon, the 27th.
This year, we moved the show area to the Paul Ogle Park on the banks of the Ohio River in Vevay. We had plenty of room for the 65 tractors and 50 or so engines. Our judged events included oldest tractor, best tractor, farthest traveled exhibitor, and best engine display. Competitive events were a pedal tractor pull for the children, slow tractor race, and egg race. We didn't get in the barrel race or the blindfold race on Sunday because of the rains.
One of the highlights of the event was we had two Indiana tractors on display. There was also plenty of horse drawn equipment displayed for all to see! Allis-Chalmers, Case, Farmall, Ford, Fordson, Gibson, International, John Deere, McCormick Deering, Minneapolis Moline, Massey Harris, and Massey Ferguson tractors were all represented at the show. We had a parade each day at noon and thanks to the police escort, we got lots of attention as we toured along Main Street!
An attention-getter was a White Mountain five gallon ice cream freezer belted to a 2 HP Fairbanks-Morse Z. It got real attention, when we fixed a batch of ice cream Saturday evening for exhibitors. Must have been okay, we served it all!
Now it's time to roll the credits, thanks to all the sponsors for financial help with trophies, rent for the park, and advertisement, local law enforcement for security and parade coordination, and most of all, the exhibitors who went to all the effort to load and haul equipment in for display, and of course, to all the spectators who came to visit. I would like to extend a special thanks to the Dearborn County F.A.R.M (Farm Antiques and Related Machinery) Club, for their high level of participation and also for all the help with organization and execution of the show. Without their help, the show couldn't have been the success it was!
Watch for the dates for the 2000 show, we'll have some ice cream for you!