Submitted by Clyde Berkshire Royal Centre, Indiana 46978
Lots of shade, a sleepy river, comfortable weather, friendly
people, good food, entertainment. Yes, all these things could be
found at Winamac, Indiana, July 15-18, 1993. That’s where the
Northern Indiana Power from the Past hosted their 16th annual
Featured at the show were Avery Tru-Draft tractors and
equipment, and also Monitor engines. The Avery people came from
near and far, exhibiting 35 tractors and pieces of equipment,
thanks to John Vialard and Darrell Brubaker. Fans of Monitor
arrived, (from Indiana to Missouri), and proudly showed 28 engines.
Additionally, there were about 150 other tractors, 450 engines,
four steam engines, and four scale-model steam engines.
Throughout each of the four days, there were many working
demonstrations, giving everyone a first-hand glance at power from
days gone by. Besides a sawmill and threshing machine, there was a
blacksmith, baler, shingle mill, flour mill, planer, Baker fan, and
Several workhorses took up residence at the show, pulling wagons
and giving everyone an easy and relaxing way to view the scenic
perimeter of the grounds. The annual Saturday evening horse-pull
featured 16 teams of horses, and was a real crowd pleaser.
As always, music played an important part in the show, such as:
fiddling and other stringed instrumental music, country, bluegrass,
and gospel. Other highlights of the show were: the children’s
games, kiddie tractor pull, flea market of 130 booths, horseshoe
pitching, cross-cut contests, quilt show and quilt-making
demonstrations, wheat weaving, square dancing, and a scale model
History buffs were especially interested in the ‘Illinois
Regiment of Virginia,’ a group that annually sets up
housekeeping at the show. Dressed in authentic costume of the 1778
era, and assisting with flag-raising ceremonies, the members
eagerly shared their lifestyle with sightseers.
Plans are already underway for the July 14-17, 1994, show where
the feature will be hog oilers, International tractors and
equipment, and International engines. The show will also be hosting
the first annual Red Power Roundup to be sponsored by the Indiana
Chapter of the International Harvesters Collectors.
The Northern Indiana Power from the Past takes great pride in
presenting a family-oriented show, full of fun and friendliness to
all who attend.