The 34th Annual Riverbend Steam Gas Show was held last July 19-20 at the farm of club member Lee Scholna in Allendale, Mich., about 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. Lee has hosted our show -which one exhibitor describes as laid-back, not too big, and homey - for a number of years.
Case was the feature tractor for 2002, and even though this area of Michigan is not generally considered to be Case country a representative sampling of various Case models was on hand. Club member Bud Rosema had his nicely restored Model L Case tractor in attendance, and Kevin Cooke brought his 1939 Model L Case tractor on steel wheels. Kevin had only recently gotten the Model L running before bringing it to the show. Also on hand was a recently completed and very nicely built 5/8-scale model of a 25-45 cross-mount Case.
Some pieces of equipment made their first appearance at the Riverbend show last summer. Club member Dave Roelofs demonstrated a corn grinder his grandpa once owned, with power for the grinder coming from a 1-1/2 HP Hercules Model E engine Dave purchased from fellow club member and longtime collector Sharon Schut. Dave had a minor disaster when one of the pins holding the governor weights fell out, breaking a governor weight in two. Fortunately, a local welder welded the two pieces back together and Dave continued running his engine at the show.
The Van Wylen family of Grant, Mich., brought their belt-driven wire-tie hay press, baling several bales of straw behind the threshing machines, and club member Terry Talsma brought his late model IHC belt-driven corn sheller. That thing can really shell a lot of corn!
Club members have been busy lately with many projects on the grounds. We built a water tower for the steamers and the water wagons, and we have enclosed the sawmill building, installing doors that can be lifted and propped up for demonstration viewing.
Our next show is scheduled for July 18-19, 2003, and Massey-Harris will be the feature line of tractors and equipment. Hope to see you there.
Contact engine enthusiast Rick Gilder at: 2222 92nd St., Byron Center, Ml 49315.