HELD IN ANDERSON, INDIANA
2025 Hillcrest Drive Anderson, Indiana 46012
Even Mother Nature could not dampen the spirits of the hearty folks that attended UAW Local 662's eleventh annual Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show, in Anderson, Indiana, on June 2-4, 1995.
This year's featured equipment was Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment, and Indiana-built gas engines. Friday, exhibitors, crafters and flea market vendors really had to hustle to beat the rain and the wind. After dodging the weather all day long, everyone was happy to sit down and enjoy dinner. Once again, our annual fish fry was a huge success. Over 500 dinners were served.
Saturday the grounds displayed many sights and sounds. The massive orange Allis Chalmers tractors glistened in the summer sun. Gas engines were chugging away. The lonely siren of John Blake's fire truck could be heard 'moaning away' periodically. Dan and Barb Davis, of Anderson, had the very interesting Anderson History Museum, showcasing items that have been manufactured in Anderson. Barb even dressed the part, strolling around the grounds in her early 1900's dress.
Flea market vendors enjoyed beautiful weather, and everything was for sale from flags to wooden items, to wind chimes, echoing their beautiful music in unison. Inside, clever crafters displayed their talents. Ladies from the Spring Valley Quilt Guild offered demonstrations of the painstaking stitches that are needed in quilting.
The children really enjoyed themselves. They played on the playground equipment, enjoyed 'elephant ears' and old-fashioned ice cream cones. They squealed with delight as they rode over the grounds in Bob Rhea's 'Bob's Bumpy Barrels.' Thanks, Bob, for providing this unique ride.
On Sunday, various contests were held to see just how well these collectors could 'man handle' their machines.
The People's Choice Award for the tractors went to Ron Graves, of Hartford City, Indiana, Local 287, for his John Deere Hi-Crop A and Power Plant 'D' portable.
Jim and Linda Bogedain and Dale and Betty Stevens of Petersburg, Michigan, combined their gas engines and many talents to create a display that won the People's Choice Award for the gas engines.
Larry Lemmond, from the Saginaw plant, Local 2195, in Athens, Alabama, won the 'Long Haul Award' displaying his 1926 Fordson. His wife Johnnie displayed her farm toy exhibit.
William Lucas, Lakeview, Michigan, won the 'Long Haul Award' for gas engines.
There were 95 tractors registered and 205 gas engines. Twelve states were represented, along with 45 Union Locals. We would like to thank all of our participants and visitors who attended the show. Special thanks to Carol, Jack and John Davidson, and to Helen Bennett, for the tireless hours they put in.
We are looking forward to next year's show, to be held May 31 to June 2, 1996. Dig out those old relics and plan on attending the show where old and new friends meet!