Chairman Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show /> 2025 Hillcrest Dr. Anderson, Indiana 46012
Unique, unusual, and 'I've never seen that before' were comments that could be heard at the 7th Annual UAW Local 662 Gas Engine and Tractor Show that was held May 31-June 2, 1991, in Anderson, Indiana. There were 121 vintage tractors, 211 gas engines, farm toys, country music, handmade crafts, flea markets, antiques of many kinds, and 'great people,' all of which helped to make this year's event a great show!
This year's show featured Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment. Moline exhibitors from five states shared their vintage equipment. Everett Kuester from Valders, Wisconsin won the Traveler's Trophy, traveling 350 miles to exhibit his MM Avery V.
Another unique exhibit was a 1941 Minneapolis Moline Jeep owned by Ernest Weissert from Bourbon, Indiana. This Jeep was built for the U.S. Navy for use during World War II. These vehicles were used mainly as aircraft movers, and were the original Jeeps.
Don Kingin of McCordsville, Indiana exhibited his restored 1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX. Pendleton, Indiana residents Rex and Dale Mercer exhibited their fine collection of Moline tractors.
Several contests were held for the tractor exhibitors. Among them were a wagon backing contest, a quick start, an obstacle course, a blind race, and a slow race. The talented winners were Tom Owens, Tom Dellinger, Tim Gellinger, Kent Parks, Tony Alford, John Pearson, and Richard Moore. These fellows really know how to operate their equipment.
Of special interest was Dan and Barb Davis' 'Anderson Museum.' This exhibit shows many products that have been manufactured in Anderson and other memorabilia pertaining to the town.
On Friday and Saturday, it was exciting to see the trailer loads of gas engines being pulled into our show. What a sight! And of course, it is exciting to see our old friend Dick Sliger from Cookeville, Tennessee, cruising in on his motorcycle, pulling his gas engines. Third time's the charm. This year he got the Traveler's Trophy, for bringing his gas engine over 350 miles.
Our huge craft and flea market show also opened for a weekend of great finds and buys! Linda Shaffer and Dell Huhn displayed their unique talent of spinning wool into yarn, and the Spring Valley Quilting Guild shared their quilting heritage.
The White River Folk and Bluegrass Club provided a music festival Saturday. This is always a very popular event that is enjoyed by everyone.
People from 14 states representing 49 locals shared in the fun. Next year's show will feature International tractors, gas engines and equipment. Start getting the 'red' shined up guys! So you will be able to share in the fun-filled event, mark your calendar for June 5-7,1992, next year's show dates- where old friends and new friends meet.