First Things

| October/November 1995

712 La Vista, McAllen, Texas 78501

The successful completion of the first annual antique farm equipment show at the Cameron County Livestock Show, San Benito, Texas, February 9-12, 1995 boosted this area's growth from 3 to 4 shows. This show will be staged annually the second weekend of February. It has melded with 'Fred's Down on the Farm,' (McAllen, Texas) second Saturday of December; 'Two Banger Museum,' (Mission, Texas) last February weekend ; and 'Rio Grande Valley Livestock,' (Mercedes, Texas) third week of March, to strengthen the annual schedule of shows sponsored by he Rio Grande Valley Old Farm Equipment Club in a season running from December to March.

Despite the misgivings of some, the Cameron County Show got off to a good start! Good fellowship, interested spectators, immaculate grounds, and ideal 85 degree weather all combined to make for an excellent effort. Harry Newmann (Los Fresnos, Texas) was the epitome of leadership. His friendliness and helpfulness radiated and rubbed off on everyone. This made for a good laid-back atmosphere.

Antique tractors presented the welcoming sight to those approaching the old machine exhibits. Neto Garza's (Weslaco, Texas) bevy of immaculate restorations was bolstered by a variety of other tractors, not the least of which was the 1958 530 John Deere tractor so capably restored by August Krehmeyer (San Juan, Texas). Harvey Nelson (Hygiene, Colorado) brought in an un-restored 1948 John Deere M which had formerly belonged to the Crown Cotton Mills of Georgia and was purchased at Kissimee, Florida. Somebody noted the seat was missing. Harvey explained it had been lost on the trip from Florida to Texas, but would've been replaced anyway. He is adding this machine to a collection of 25 other tractors, including a 1917 Waterloo Boy tractor.

Eyes bulged when Alfred Townsend (McAllen, Texas) pulled in with his exhibits-a one ton Chevrolet pickup camper pulling two engine laden four wheel trailers coupled to a 1939 Case hay baler. These vehicles stretched out to make a one-man caravan.

Someone asked, 'When do you parade?' 'Whenever Dean Mitchell (LaFeria, Texas) can get his John Deere tractor started.' Needless to say, parading was on a regular basis.