Riverbend Steam and Gas Show


| March/April 1998

  • Tractors
    Top: rows of tractors at the 1997 show.
    Rick Gilder
  • John Deere D Tractor
    Center: 1947 John Deere D owned by Dave Roclofs belted to the club's Baker fan.
    Rick Gilder
  • Fordson tractor
    Bottom: Fordson tractor belted to Blizzard silo filler, both owned by Tom Rosema.
    Rick Gilder
  • 6 HP Associate
    Center: buzz saw rig powered by 6 HP Associated owned by Tom Rosema.
    Rick Gilder
  • 300 HP S Cylinder Diesel Engine
    Top: 1921 Buckeye 300 HP S cylinder diesel owned by Del Vanden Bosch.
    Rick Gilder
  • The club's Port Huron Engine and Thresher Co.
    Bottom: The club's Port Huron Engine and Thresher Co. edger.
    Rick Gilder

  • Tractors
  • John Deere D Tractor
  • Fordson tractor
  • 6 HP Associate
  • 300 HP S Cylinder Diesel Engine
  • The club's Port Huron Engine and Thresher Co.

2222 92nd Street Byron Center, Michigan 49315

The sound of 'Poppin Johnnies' was heard across Lee Scholna's farm on July 18 and 19, 1997, as the Riverbend Steam and Gas Association held its 29th annual show there.

John Deere tractors and equipment were featured and we had a good turnout of the green machines. The West-shore Two Cylinder Club had their tent set up and many of their members brought tractors along. Bud Rosema had his 1936 AR on steel and a 1947 BR, both of which he restored. Sharon Schut brought along a 1928 D on steel, a model R diesel, and a 1947 model BO Lindeman. Sharon has a large John Deere tractor collection, each of them superbly restored. Dave Roclofs had his 1947 D, that he bought from fellow club member John Huitema, and had restored. My father and brother, Adrian and Peter Gilder, each took their own 'toys' along, a 1954 60 and a 1937 B, respectively. Cal Dyke's family also had several models there. It's great to see that our show can be a 'family affair.' Certainly many other members and exhibitors brought John Deere equipment and we appreciate them for coming.

Tractor pulls were held on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, and many pullers put their tractors to the test.



Photos by Rick Gilder.

Photos by Rick Gilder.