Feature tractor 'Avery' on display in Winamac.
Submitted by Clyde Berkshire Royal Centre, Indiana 46978
Lots of shade, a sleepy river, comfortable weather, friendly people, good food, entertainment. Yes, all these things could be found at Winamac, Indiana, July 15-18, 1993. That's where the Northern Indiana Power from the Past hosted their 16th annual show.
Featured at the show were Avery Tru-Draft tractors and equipment, and also Monitor engines. The Avery people came from near and far, exhibiting 35 tractors and pieces of equipment, thanks to John Vialard and Darrell Brubaker. Fans of Monitor arrived, (from Indiana to Missouri), and proudly showed 28 engines. Additionally, there were about 150 other tractors, 450 engines, four steam engines, and four scale-model steam engines.
Throughout each of the four days, there were many working demonstrations, giving everyone a first-hand glance at power from days gone by. Besides a sawmill and threshing machine, there was a blacksmith, baler, shingle mill, flour mill, planer, Baker fan, and corn shredder.
Several workhorses took up residence at the show, pulling wagons and giving everyone an easy and relaxing way to view the scenic perimeter of the grounds. The annual Saturday evening horse-pull featured 16 teams of horses, and was a real crowd pleaser.
As always, music played an important part in the show, such as: fiddling and other stringed instrumental music, country, bluegrass, and gospel. Other highlights of the show were: the children's games, kiddie tractor pull, flea market of 130 booths, horseshoe pitching, cross-cut contests, quilt show and quilt-making demonstrations, wheat weaving, square dancing, and a scale model steam train.
History buffs were especially interested in the 'Illinois Regiment of Virginia,' a group that annually sets up housekeeping at the show. Dressed in authentic costume of the 1778 era, and assisting with flag-raising ceremonies, the members eagerly shared their lifestyle with sightseers.
Plans are already underway for the July 14-17, 1994, show where the feature will be hog oilers, International tractors and equipment, and International engines. The show will also be hosting the first annual Red Power Roundup to be sponsored by the Indiana Chapter of the International Harvesters Collectors.
The Northern Indiana Power from the Past takes great pride in presenting a family-oriented show, full of fun and friendliness to all who attend.