Old Reliable Makes Its first Appearance

| September/October 1992

  • Hart Parr 30-60 tractor

  • Hart Parr 30-60 tractor

R.R. I, Box 107, Edwardsport, Indiana 47528

The White River Valley Antique Show had an honored guest at its 7th annual show last September. Doug Kutch of Odon, Indiana, pulled up to the show with his new 'toy,' a 1910 Hart Parr 30-60 tractor. This rare tractor is one of only a few in the United States. Everyone ran to help him unload and get a quick inspection of 'Old Reliable.'

Doug purchased it less than a month before in Michigan. 'Does it run?' was the main question, and with a smile Doug said, 'Well, of course!' Old Reliable ran well and the pulling sound it made, on the threshing machine was awesome. As the three day event continued, Old Reliable was the center of attention.

The antique and machinery show in Elnore, Indiana, is the fastest growing in the area. This year's attendance increased to over 10,000.

A primary goal of the club is to educate the school children. Fridays are always designated as Kid's Day and all the surrounding county schools are invited to bring pupils for a day of learning. Average attendance for children on this day is over 3,000. Lye soap making is a favorite demonstration of the children. Also on this day, all area nursing homes are invited as the club's guests for a day of remembrance.

The show has expanded from the fairgrounds to now include another 40 acres. Expansion on the new ground will continue for 1992. A country street is being started and now in residence is a blacksmith shop, farmstead, sorghum shack, bread making shop and a nice rest area. There was wheat threshing, horse and tractor field demonstrations, corn elevator, horses on treadmill threshing wheat and many more demonstrations.