Riverbend Steam and Gas Show


| March/April 1998



Tractors

Top: rows of tractors at the 1997 show.

Rick Gilder

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.