MERCEDES LIVESTOCK SHOW & the new Rio Grande Valley Old Farm Equipment Club

By Staff
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Engines on display at 1989 Mercedes show
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1930 Farmall Regular
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Alfred Townsend's 1922 Fuller-Johnson and same vintage pumpjack.
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Tractor lineup at the 1989 show
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Alfred Townsend's 1930 CC Case tractor and 1918 Cross Engine 15-22 Case.

712 La Vista, McAllen, Texas 78501

The Mercedes Livestock Show celebrated its Golden Anniversary
this year, March 15-19. Primarily dedicated to livestock, rodeos,
carnivals, and the general aspects of entertainment, it has been a
star in the array of annual events regularly staged in the Rio
Grande Valley. Four years ago H. E. Vogel had the inspiration of
putting together an accumulation of old farm machinery as a part of
the show. His dedicated efforts have seen this antique equipment
display grow in every aspect. This year there were over one hundred
exhibitors who displayed their old iron to an excess of 25,000
spectators. The antique machinery display is a genuine crowd
attraction.

During the last weekend of February, C. K. Koelle staged a John
Deere show on North Shary Road, Mission. At this time a general
meeting of interested persons was convened by Herb Vogel to form a
group dedicated to perpetuate memories of farm living and equipment
from the past. Thus the Rio Grande Valley Old Farm Equipment Club
was spawned. God willing, this new organization will celebrate its
Golden Anniversary with the Mercedes Livestock Show Centennial.

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