Co-op/Cockshutt were the featured tractors at the UAW Tractor and Engine Show held at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis this past June 1-2.
Cool temperatures, warm smiles, gray skies, vibrant colors, chilling wind, hearty handshakes. These were some of the experiences that were had at the UAW Tractor and Engine show held this past June 1-2 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind.
Our featured product lines were Co-op/Cockshutt tractors and Maytag gas engines. Our tractor show was part of the UAW Trade Fair. The Trade Show represents the many quality products manufactured by Region Three UAW employees. As sleek new cars, trucks and motorcycles were arriving at one area of the grounds, the old relics of yesteryear were proudly taking their designated places. What a wonderful opportunity these exhibitors gave to attendees to experience the history and nostalgia associated with their prized possessions.
As the show moved into full swing on Saturday, many different displays were on offer. Old farm tools, farm toys, even a collection of cast iron garden seeders. Gary Bradford of New Knoxville, Ohio, came with his vast 'Antique Express II,' which housed over 1,000 various antique machinery parts, along with tractors and gas engines. Loyal attendees Dan and Barb Davis, Anderson, Ind., did their usual fine job of helping with the show, also bringing along their beautiful 1949 Indian Motor Bike for us to enjoy.
We had 171 tractors registered this year for our show. Al and Coleen Adams, of Yoder, Ind., really outdid themselves with their Co-op Jamboree, and there were many positive comments about these tractors and with the turnout. These people really deserve a pat on the back; they were a joy to work with.
As the ladies enjoyed a huge craft show sponsored by the UAW retirees, many of the men braved the chilly weather conditions to attend the antique tractor pull. This year we had 71 tractors in competition. Many thanks to Kent Parks and Tim and Don Gellinger for all their work.
Claudine Rawdin's 1935 Maytag Toy Racer. This piece drew more than its fair share of interest from attendees.
For many people, the highlight of the show was the Maytag exhibits. Irma and Jerry Nance, Odessa, Mo., did a magnificent job in helping organize the Maytag exhibits, which were probably some of the more popular exhibits with attendees that I have observed in the 17 years of our show. We heard comments all weekend long, like, 'I remember grandpa having one of these engines,' and even more important were their remarks about the Maytag washers. The machines seemed to fascinate - as well as bring back many memories - to just about everyone who had the opportunity to view the machines. And since Indianapolis is the 'capital of racing,' Claudine Rawdin of Champaign, Ill., was busy talking to people, especially the children, about her 1935 Maytag Toy Racer. What a very interesting exhibit!
We really had a great show, even though the weather was threatening all weekend. I certainly want to thank all participants and visitors for attending. All told, we had 171 tractors, 299 gas engines, and 31 union locals from 11 states registered. 1 also would like to thank all the workers who helped with the show, and a special thank you goes to all who helped with our ham and bean supper Saturday evening.
Morris Titus is chairman of UAW Local No. 662. Contact him at: 2025 Hillcrest Drive, Anderson, IN 46012