Northeast Wyoming Antique Show
'Mr. John Deere' encouraging a fellow collector.
P.O. Box 375 Lawen, Oregon 97740
In September my wife and I headed east from Oregon to attend the ninth annual Northeast Wyoming Antique Show, held in Hulett, Wyoming, the second full weekend of September. We'd like to share a little of it with you. The show grounds are approximately ten miles east of Devil's Tower National Monument located in the beautiful Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota. Weather is normally pleasant during the show, making it a great time to vacation in the area.
My wife and I showed an unrestored Trail Beetle crawler built for the U.S. Forest Service, and a 1928 Farmall Regular. These made up just two of the 53 tractors shown.
Besides tractors, no show is complete without the threshing machine. See picture of machine and John Wolfskill's classic John Deere 4020.
When speaking of John Deere, it is only appropriate that the readers be introduced to the Black Hills' 'Mr. John Deere', Merle Sisson, as attested to by the license plate on his pickup, which reads 'MR JD.'
A special attraction this year was a printing press built in the late 1800s and run by a Fairbanks-Morse hit and miss engine. This is a headless engine. Both were owned and shown by Don Laston of Riverton, Wyoming.
People enjoyed visiting old friends, looking at old cars, and the young people enjoyed the 'Tractor Trotter' furnished by Mel Reint of Gillette, Wyoming.
The Green Mountain Tractor Pullers from Spearfish, South Dakota, were on hand to accommodate those who wished to take part in the Antique Tractor Pull.
All the show's scenery, downtown parade, old cars, motorcycles, old engines, threshing, shingle mill, many tractor contests, Sunday church services, music, flea market, crafts, food, and a whole lot of fun surely made pulling the 8' x 20' trailer 1200 miles with an old '72 Dodge pickup worth the effort.