| June/July 1987

Vice President R.R. 2, Box 10 Woodhull, Illinois 61490

This is a report on our first show for this club. We formed the club April 13, 1985. It took us a year to get things ready and on June 21 and 22, 1986, we had our first show.

The first day was real nice all day. We had a very good turnout. We had about 60 tractors, about 50 gas engines and 1 portable steam engine. We had a very good display of toys as well, and other old machinery too. As early as it was, we didn't have any threshing. So instead, we shelled corn out of the corn crib with a belt driven corn sheller. We did some plowing with the old tractors, too. Of course by noon, we got things going real good and after dinner we had the parade of tractors and machinery. After the parade we ran a couple of contests that went over very well. They were the coverall race and the slow race. We had a fan to put the tractors on and that was going most all of the time.

On Sunday it wasn't quite so nice in the morning, as it rained and the wind blew. But by mid morning the rain quit and the people started coming. We had a very nice day of it anyway. The activities were about the same as the day before except that we couldn't do any plowing. So we added another contest-a water pitcher race with the garden tractors. That really drew a lot of interest, for it ran for most of the afternoon.

We featured the tractor and gas engine we have on our plaque and buttons. The tractor was on the button and was a Graham Bradley, shown and owned by Howard Yerkey of New Windsor, Illinois. The gas engine was a United owned and shown by LaVern Anderson of Viola, Illinois.

A general view of the tractors at our show.