Northern Indiana Historical Power Association 1993 Show Report


| March/April 1994



9374 Roosevelt St. Crown Point, Indiana 46307

The Northern Indiana Historical Power Association held their seventeenth annual 'Harvest Festival and Steam Show' September 17, 18, 19, 1993, at Sunset Hill Park. Exhibitors and visitors found a new entrance welcoming them into the showgrounds. While the new entrance is more visible when entering and exiting the grounds, it took with it a good share of what was the parking area for the weekend. With just a few days to the show the Porter County Park gave us use of what had become a field of overgrown grass, weeds, etc.

The weekend started off Friday morning with the official opening ceremony and flag raising, and with a welcoming burst of the whistles signaling the engineers had steam up and were ready to start off the weekend show. Over the afternoon, seven bus loads of delighted local school children were guests of NIHPA, as they toured the park to get a glimpse of old-time farm techniques and machinery.

The park creates a pleasant setting for the show, and through the cooperation of the local park board, we have been able to have use of a portion of the grounds for our annual show, for the past few years. If one were to position himself on a high point near the center of the show grounds, this would be near the present location of the S. & M. Corson Sawmill. Spending the major portion of my time during the show working at the sawmill, it is from this vantage point that I see most of the show a prime location for observing most of the weekend activities.

To the west, the mill overlooks the entertainment stage where a variety of relaxing musical entertainment took place over the weekend. Cloggers young and old, beginners and old hams, brought smiles to visitors and other onlookers. The stage itself is encompassed by the old tractor display. Tractors of all levels of restoration can be found on the grounds, from the unrestored to the over-restored; but all can show off their tractors with equal pride. A little farther west is where the equipment of the International Harvester Company, the featured company of the show, held its position, greeting visitors as they entered the showgrounds.

Not all of the tractors are left on display many are out providing the needed power to equipment throughout the showgrounds. Continuing west, just out of sight of the mill, is where the threshing and baling demonstrations were taking place. Power was provided by both steam engines and gas tractors. Some tractor owners took turns at providing a pull to the visitor wagons that were touring the grounds.