Trevor Bogedain demonstrates his great-grandfather's beam drill at Southeast Michigan Antique Tractor & Engine's first show.
11550 Trost Road, Ida, Michigan 48140-9772.
We're off and running!! On July 14th and 15th, 1990, the Dundee Parks and Recreation Board sponsored the first annual show for the Southeast Michigan Antique Tractor and Engine Association, Inc. in Dundee, Michigan. It seems to be an omen for new shows-watch out for RAIN!!! Ours was no exception. Saturday was a damp and dreary day but the enthusiasm of those exhibiting was running high.
The park is a wonderful setting for a show, lots of trees along a winding river. The building on the grounds, which houses a museum, was originally used as a factory for Henry Ford. Tractors were lined up along the river from the large to the small: John Deere, Gibson, Allis-Chalmers, International (McCormick-Deering), Fordson, B.F. Avery, Minneapolis-Moline and Oliver were some of the varieties represented.
A wide selection of engines were on board also. Equipment demonstrations were going on all weekend. There was corn shelling done by the Bogedain and Stevens families. Paul Frasier had his water pump pumping and log sawing by Ottawa log saws. Dick Bressler had his shingle mill going and Ray Willey had his sawmill working, turning logs into lumber. Bill Turner had one of the largest displays; his 1906 IHC Famous pump engine was quite an attraction.
Children attending even got to make their own rope! There was daily entertainment, arts and crafts and antiques enjoyed by all. This was truly a family show.
A bigger and better show is being planned for July 12-14 for 1991.