Looking Back At The Gathering of the Orange and ahead to the Red Power Roundup

By Staff
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This McCormick-Deering combine was manufactured from 1941-1944. It has a 42' cut and a 12 bushel bin. It belongs to David Baxter of Radnor, Ohio. Baxter now has a dozen antique combines in his collection.
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3203 Norton Road, Radnor, Ohio 43066

In 1991 the Marion County Steam and Gas Engine Society, Inc.,
was happy to host the Allis Chalmers collectors’ ‘Gathering
of the Orange.’ On display were more than a hundred Allis
tractors plus various other types of Allis machinery. We were all
seeing ‘Orange’ and happy about it.

In 1992, we hope to be seeing lots of International Harvester
and forerunner equipment as we look forward to hosting the
International Harvester Collectors’ ‘Red Power
Roundup.’ We are hoping for 250 or more IH and forerunner
tractors along with many other kinds of IH equipment. We are trying
to locate some of the more rare pieces, especially some of the
household appliances. Of course there will be a big display of
tractors and equipment from our own exhibitors.

From a fledgling group of a handful of local collectors
organized fifteen years ago, the Marion County Steam and Gas Engine
Society, a non-profit organization, has grown to include members
from 19 states and Canada.

We are proud to have ‘the Henry Hardin Memorial Motorcycle
Show’ as an integral part of our shows. It includes the finest
array of vintage motorcycles in central Ohio. No additional fee is
charged for admittance.

Near the Historical Society’s Pioneer Green, where a log
cabin sits among shady trees, the scene is set for the steam
engines display. These are often used to power the antique saw mill
installed in a building near the green. A shingle mill, a memorial
gift to the group, is operated during the show. A dynamometer and
Baker fan are available. You will find an amusing display of turn
of the century washing machines. Demonstrations of wheat threshing,
straw and fodder baling, corn shredding and shelling using various
antique equipment, the grist milling of corn into meal and wheat
into flour are all set up to help educate show patrons about the
way things were done in the early days of farming. 

There will be a steam table for those exhibiting models. An
antique wagon display is located next to the large parts corral
where you might happen upon an old part you have been searching
for. Special children’s activities are planned, too.

The Friday night fiddler’s contest, belt up, start-up, slow
race contests and our latest attraction, the antique tractor rodeo,
are all popular.

We will have arts and crafts for the ladies and a large flea
market which everyone enjoys.

We start off Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with a church/memorial
service. Everyone is welcome to attend and encouraged to join in
singing such old favorites as ‘Bringing in the Sheaves.’ We
have camping on grounds with dumping station privileges upon
request at the office. There will be lots of great food and free
parking, and off-duty police will provide our night security.

We started out as a small group of dedicated people and have
grown into a larger group, but our goal remains the same: to share
with others our farming heritage.

Our 1992 show dates are June 18, 19, 20 and 21 (Father’s
Day). Stop in and say HI! We’d enjoy meeting you. For
information call Don Schwartz at (614) 389-1098, or for
International Harvester displays call David Gregg at
(419)927-9262.

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