Sec.Rt 2, Box 153 Cambridge, Illinois 61238
The weekend of June 18 and 19, 1988 was a very busy weekend at
Mildred Ringberg and her son Robert’s farm south of Woodhull,
Illinois. The Edwards River Antique Engine Association held the
third annual show.
The featured tractor for ’88 was a 1937 Twin City J T U
owned by Dale Casteel of Cambridge, Illinois. The tractor was
completely restored by Dale. He says it is ‘just like
The featured engine for ’88 was an Ever-Ready owned and
completely restored by Bill McGlaughlin of Matherville, Illinois.
It sure runs good too. Bill is very proud of this engine. The
Ever-Ready is a 1911.
There was something for everyone at our show. We had flea
markets with all sorts of goodies. There were 76 engines on
display, doing various jobs such as grinding corn, crushing cans,
pumping water, baling straw and running fans. There were several
small homemade engines, also.
We had about 90 tractors, which made for a fantastic parade both
afternoons. There was corn shelling out of the crib and plowing in
the field both days also. Some of the tractors took a turn on the
big fan. The big Case steam engine was a hit with everyone.
The children at the show had a big time on Saturday. The kiddie
tractor pull was very well attended with lots of fun and prizes.
Everyone had fun petting the llamas and looking at the ponies.
The Edwards River Antique Engine Association takes a lot of
pride in its members who get right in there to have a good time at
the games we play every year. Some of us get cooled off when we
played the water pitcher race. We also had the usual coverall race
and the slow race. We have a new one to try this year.
After a ham and bean supper, cooked on a steam engine, for our
exhibitors, we enjoyed entertainment by the High Society Band.
On Sunday morning we had a pancake breakfast that was well
attended. We are planning to do that again this year. Later in the
day we held a raffle for a stained glass lamp, made by Jon Brodd.
We are planning on having a raffle again this year also.
Since the ’88 show was the last year for us to be at the
Ringberg farm we were happy it was such a success. We really
appreciate the fact that Bob and his mother allowed us to have the
show there for the past three years.
The Edwards River Antique Engine Association Show for 1989 will
be at the New Windsor, Illinois Fairgrounds, located west of I-74
on Route 17. The show will be held June 17-18, 1989.