The Eagle To FLY At Pontiac!

| July/August 1993

  • Fairbanks engine

  • Fairbanks engine

R.R. #1, Box 69 Minonk, Illinois 61760.

We hope 1992 was a great year for steam and gas shows around the country and for show enthusiasts alike. 1992 was a successful year at Pontiac. We featured Oliver Hart-Parr machinery and equipment and the debut of a commemorative 28-44 toy tractor.

We are looking forward to 1993 for our 45th anniversary celebration and the J. I. Case International Heritage Foundation's Expo! The expo and our anniversary should prove to be a winning combination for all who visit.

The Pontiac show includes a unique blacksmith shop operated by the Illinois Valley Blacksmith's Association. The men and women at the blacksmith shop often work well into the night creating metal works of art or repairing items for exhibitors on the spur of the moment. The clang of the hammer and the shower of orange sparks is constant.

The Iron Pony Steam train owned by the Steve Fanner family will again be making its whistle-stop at Pontiac. The train was built by Augie Otto in the 1950s and, as we understand it, Augie's train pulled its first passengers in Pontiac in 1953, which marks a 40-year milestone in its history also.

The gas tractor display area is being relocated this year to accommodate the ever-growing number of exhibits, and the gas engine area will also have room to expand.