Mississippi Valley Flywheelers Spring Show


| September/October 1998



Planet Jr.

65 Wallace Road Coldwater, Mississippi 38618

The Mississippi Valley Flywheelers Spring Show was held April 23-25, 1998 at Joe Brigance Park in Houston, Mississippi. A good location for a show, with more water/electric camper hook ups for participants than I expected and large flat paved RV non-hookup parking for overflow and non-participants. Since the show set-up starts on Thursday, there is a bit more visiting and sharing time for us enthusiasts. It was worth a couple of vacation days to me, but the bulk of participants arrived Friday. The Saturday show end allows for getting home without guilt of leaving early on Sunday.

Garden tractors were well represented, and garden tractor pulls for both kids and older kids (HA!) were much enjoyed. I did not spy any other Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America (VGTCOA) yellow caps though.

Victor Ferguson brought a Standard Twin on steel and cleats he'd just acquired after twenty years of pursuit. Victor got the machine running during the show and caught lots of eyes as the steel wheels chewed up the sandy clay dirt road in the display area. It really sounded sweet.

Gas Engine Magazine May 1998 issue with a nice article on Minneapolis walking tractor companies histories, including Standard brand, was fresh in mind.

This was my family's second show as participants. After attending our local Sardis, Mississippi, annual October show for several years with kids going from stroller to now six and seven years, I was getting less and less time to gawk. Last fall we participated in the 8th annual show (the second year on dedicated new showground which is nice and close to I-55), with the Planet Jr. 1949 model BP-1 that I'd grown up cursing at in the garden (while making sure Mama didn't hear). The BP-1 was much easier to load than my tired but trusty John Deere MT. Taking our newly acquired camper trailer as well, we all enjoyed the camaraderie and atmosphere in comfort. The kids were looking forward to the Houston Show, even though their 1964 model Toro rider wouldn't start at the last minute.