Report Of The 1999 National Tractor Show


| February/March 2000



Tractor lineup at caool

Tractor lineup at caool,August 1999

8005 Highway N Mountain Grove, Missouri 65711

The Ozark Older Iron Club, EDGE&.TA Branch #28, hosted the 1999 National Tractor Show in Cabool, Missouri, August 12, 13, & 14. Members from the local FFA Club greeted you at the gate with a smile as they took your money, gave you a pin, directions, and a schedule for the three day event.

The first display you saw was an antique grain binder and corn binder owned by the club, and a field roller owned by a member. The next display was all horse drawn equipment owned by Jacob Fletcher. It consisted of ten mowers dating from 1852-1951, a stalk cutter 1895, Little Chief Sulky plow from 1920, and an Osborn disk 1902. All of this equipment was attractively painted red, white and blue.

Next to this display was a Model T Ford converted into a mower, a McCormick 1920 or 1930 horse drawn cultivator, an 1895 two-man horse drawn road grader, and a sickle mower all owned by member Tony Friga.

All down the road were very interesting displays of 40-50 small hit and miss engines. A McCormick Deering 1946 milking machine and related equipment along with a Hercules 1918 hit and miss engine was shown. A large variety of old tools and barbed wire collection, and twenty-two pedal tractors were on display that brought back memories for many people. A man from Grants Pass, Oregon, displayed a ? horse Bessemer dated 1915 which was an air cooled motor for pumping water, and a 2 HP 2 cycle engine with a governor patented 1907. On the opposite side of the road was a display of memorabilia of the Civil War. These men were dressed in costume and are members of the Missouri Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans. There were several craft booths and games for the children as well.

In the field across the road were approximately 150 tractors on display. Owners would proudly tell you all about their tractor or tractors. This year's show featured McCormick, Farmall and International machinery. They were all well represented.