10750 S. Vroman Road Shepherd, Michigan 48883
The 9th annual Blanchard Millpond Steam and Gas Engine Show, which was held August 25,26,27,1995, is now history. The weather was great, and so was the turnout.
The show is now under new management, and as 'green horns,' I think we did a super jobs. The group consisted of Stan and Steve Delo, Jarot Karcher, Greg Allen, Preston Miller and me. I would also like to thank Ed Kinch of West Branch, for the pointers and advice on how to get started.
Now about the show. There were five steam engines buzzing up logs, thrashing oats, etc. There was a good turnout for the tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday, with the Powder Puff on Saturday morning. Terry Foote put on the horse pull, which was a great crowd pleaser. Ten teams of pullers from around the area were present.
There was a great showing of gas engine enthusiasts, along with their families, which is why this is an enjoyable family hobby. Also, the tractor display area was full, with all brands being present, along with Stan Delo's 1947 'Love' tractor (very sharp).
The petting zoo kept the 'little people' busy with the baby farm animals. The children's games were under the watchful eye of Barb Allen.
Our flea market was small, due to the fact that our 1995 show didn't get in the Show Directory because of our management changes.
Howard Teegardin of Addison, Michigan, received the 'Longest Distance Traveled' award. The 'Oldest Machine' award went to Don Gustavsen of Six Lakes, Michigan, for bringing his 1909 IHC 8-16.
The weather was just great, warm and sunny with only a brief shower Saturday night. A chicken barbecue on Saturday, put on by the Pine River Methodist Church, and a Hog Roast put on by the Millbrook Rolland Fire Department, were both a great success.
Also, a big thanks to Marilyn Delo for her long hours keeping the food stand going, and for the extra help we had at jobs throughout the weekend. Hopefully I haven't missed anyone, but if I have, thanks again.
Well, the 10th annual show will be on August 23, 24, and 25, 1996, and it will be in the Show Directory.
Hope to see you there, and thanks to everyone who came to our '95 show.