The 2000 Riverbend Steam and Gas Show

| May/June 2001

Flour Mill

2222 92nd Street, Byron Center, Michigan 49315

A sea of red flooded the Lee Scholna farm in Allendale, Michigan, as the International Harvester line of tractors and equipment was featured at the 2000 Riverbend Steam and Gas Show.

The day before the show, Thursday, is always busy, with many exhibitors bringing their equipment in all day long. By Thursday evening, the showground is full and many have set up camp for the night. On Thursday evening this year, we were greeted by a rain shower. It didn't last long, however, and a beautiful rainbow appeared just before sunset. It seemed to be a good sign though, for we had excellent weather during our two day show.

We had a great turnout of IH equipment with over fifty tractors showing up, plus several IHC engines, harvesting machinery and tools.

Tom Rosema's 1921 Titan 10-20 was the oldest IH tractor there. This tractor has been in the community since it was new. Tom bought it at an auction sale several years ago and restored it to running condition. Kevin Cooke brought in a whole line of McCormick-Deering tractors. Kevin took the time to demonstrate many of them on the club's Baker fan. Del Carpenter also showed off his tractor on the Baker fana Farmall Super M powered by LP gas. This tractor has been in his family since it was new. They built a custom-made cab for it. Del told me this tractor has over 25,000 hours on it, and the engine has never been taken apart.

Other IHC machines were in operation. Sharon Schut brought his beautifully restored 6 HP Famous screen-cooled engine. Sharon found this engine years ago in Ontonogan County in the Upper Pennisula at Michigan, on one of his gas engine hunts. It was a junk pile, and the belt pulley was cut off. He eventually did find it at a neighbor's place, and Sharon had it welded back on. He placed it on a cart he found, and it ran like a clock at the show.