Wake Up and Smell the Fossil Fuels

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by Adobestock/Kar-Man
Columbine, USA - May 29, 2015: Exhibition of shows of antique tractors and agricultural machinery.

The kids are out of school, temperatures are warming up, gardens are taking off and your fellow gas engine enthusiasts are preparing for a jam-packed show season. Few things excite me in life like mechanical marvels. I love the smells and sounds that come along with gears cranking. Add to that the puzzle-solving behind fitting pieces together oh-so-perfectly for a successful run. I enjoy the smiles and curiosity coming from a diverse and eager crowd. And I absolutely relish some ol’ fashion people watching. Will your face be one seen on the scene this show season? I sure hope so!
If you are near Baraboo, Wisconsin, join the Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club for “The Gathering of the Orange,” August 19-21. The feature is Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment (thus the orange in the title), but this event will also host hundreds of other exhibits to include gas, steam, stationary and traction. Bring the family out and enjoy the daily parade, flea market, and 250 acres of tractors and threshing machines. For more information go to badgersteamandgas.com.

Wisconsin engines will be this year’s feature at the world’s largest gas engine and tractor show presented by the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc. Come out to the Jay County Fairgrounds, Portland, Indiana, on August 24-27. The forecast calls for sunny with a chance of over 2,000 gas engines. So much vintage power! If that isn’t enough to get your wheels pointed that direction and your motor turning, there will be over 150 antique and craft vendors, 400-plus parts dealers, and nightly entertainment in the Farmer’s Building. Visit tristategasenginetractor.com to read all the details.

Next head west to Mount Pleasant, Iowa (415 miles to be exact), for the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, September 1-5. This five-day event promises excellent nightly musical talent, kid-friendly activities, a saloon show, a fully-restored steam-powered carousel, a 72-acre campground, and, of course, a large gas engine exhibit area featuring Dempster engines. Visit oldthreshers.com to learn more.

There are too many events this year to mention, but they’re all listed in the 2022 Farm Collector Show Directory. Shows are sorted conveniently by state, with all the nitty-gritty details to plan your show season. Go to farmcollectorshowdirectory.com to get your hands on one before it’s too late.
Until next issue,

Christine Stoner

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