Ontonagon County Fair


| April/May 1994



I.H.C. Victor engine

Mike Mahnke's 10 HP I.H.C. Victor, Bessemer, MI. Mike always brings an excellent display.

100 Ark Road Mass City, Michigan 49948

The 1993 Ontonagon County Fair was held July 29, 30, 31 and August 1. This was the 18th year that there has been an engine display at the Fair.

It started back in 1976 when my dad, Claire Brunton, came to visit us at Fair time. He brought along a 11/2 HP Hercules that had been his father's. I had never seen it run until that time. My grandfather had purchased it about 1911 or 1912. It was used to run my grandmother's washing machine.

My neighbor, Alvin Kaurala and his brother, Bill, saw the engine and decided they should bring their 10 HP Mogul that had been purchased by their grandfather in 1914. It had been used to run a flour mill and shingle mill. The Kauralas still have the engine and flour mill and grind flour with it each year at the Fair.

Every year after that we usually had about 10 or 12 engines on display, usually from local residents. About four years ago we decided to get serious about our show and make it a major attraction of the Fair.

Ontonagon County is mainly rural, the third largest in land size yet is one of the least in population.