Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show


| August/September 1993



Gas Engines

Rt 1, Box 139, LeCenter, Minnesota 56057

The 19th annual Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show was held August 28, 29, 30, 1992 on the club's permanent showground's located six miles east of Le Sueur, Minnesota.

The featured highlight for '92 was the 'Tractor Hall of Fame.' Nearly 40 different brands of tractors were lined up inside and out of our large display building, with a total of 300 antique and classic tractors on the grounds. People could be seen going from one model to another and comparing design and features. This attraction proved to be real interesting to all collectors.

Going hand in hand with the Tractor Hall of Fame was the Ageless Iron Restoration Clinic, sponsored by Successful Farming Magazine and Goodyear Tire, and presented by Oppy and Jeff Gravert, a father and son team from Central City, Nebraska. Everything you ever wanted to know about antique tractor restoring was covered by Oppy and Jeff. They did it in a very professional and precise manner. I'm sure everyone who attended the clinic came away with several new tips on how to go about some various stages of restoration. The Restoration Clinic is a very good idea. It helps both the novice and experienced restorer alike. Jeff Gravert brought along his very nicely restored model 20 Cockshutt tractor.

A model 20 Cockshutt tractor owned by Jeff Gravert, who with his father presented the Restoration Clinic at the show. In the background are a 60 Cat, a 20-40 Oil Pull and a Moline Universal. These were among the 40 makes on display in the Tractor Hall of Fame.

A new field event debuted at the '92 show: a well drilling rig owned by the Don Pfarr family from Le Sueur, Minnesota. It is one horsepower and drills a hole 24 inches in diameter. By the time the show was over, they had gone down seven feet in the sticky soil, with 18 inches of water in the bottom of the hole, which is no wonder, because of all the rain we had last summer. Another field event which was brought back to life was the operation of the John Deere eight-bottom plow owned by Bud Budenski from West Concord, Minnesota. The plow was given a new coat of paint, new wood platform, and the bottoms scoured. Gary Jones from Owatonna, Minnesota hooked his 1922 65 Case steam engine #35382 to it and away they went. It was a pretty sight!