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New Show at the Schuylkill County Agriculture Museum Will Feature IHC Engines, Tractors and Implements

| September/October 2002

The Schuylkill County Agriculture Museum hosted its first tractor and gas engine show Oct. 6-7, 2001. The show was held in conjunction with the Schuylkill County Fall Festival at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Summit Station, Pa.

The Fall Festival, an annual event for the past few years, always had a few tractors and engines displayed by local enthusiasts, but last fall museum members decided to take a more active role in the celebration, partnering with the fair association to start up the new show.

When Saturday morning dawned we had about 20 tractors in the display area, most of which participated in an afternoon parade through the fairgrounds.

Included among the assortment of Farmalls, John Deere and other machines was an unusual home-built unit that started out as a Model A Ford tractor conversion. The old Model A had been modified so many times over the years that very little of the original unit remained. Nonetheless, Ron Wildermuth, who found and dragged the Ford's carcass out of the woods, managed to restore it to running condition.

Another 30 tractors arrived throughout the morning for the antique tractor pull, which was delayed for a couple of hours after some morning rains. After a little bit of surface preparation, how ever, the track was in excellent condition and for the next few hours the pulling track was the main focus of attention.

We had about 50 large engines on display, as well as a working exhibit of model engines. Robert Smith, Schnecksville, Pa., arrived with a collection of antique lawn mowers and gas engines mounted on his trailer, including an unusual Deyo engine from the 1912 era. Deyos have a peculiar valve arrangement whereby a long rocker arm coming directly off the cam gear actuates the exhaust valve. This engine was in wonderful original condition, running beautifully throughout the show.