The Gathering Of The Orange

| October/November 1993

The 'Gathering of the Orange' has become the symbol of the annual gathering held around the country for all those people who are collectors and/or enthusiasts of the Allis-Chalmers orange, related memorabilia, scale model toy reproductions, or the history of the Allis-Chalmers tractor.

Although the 'Gathering of the Orange' wasn't the symbol of this event at the outset, it was in 1983 that a group of Allis-Chalmers enthusiasts gathered in Freeport, Illinois to show off the 'orange' of the line.

The summer before, a group of these enthusiasts had been at the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club Show at Freeport and talked about a gathering there the following year. In 1982 the Allis-Chalmers line had been featured at Waukee, Iowa, and this had made a group think about doing it on an annual basis.

Soon after the discussion at Freeport, talk began about a newsletter for the Allis-Chalmers collectors and enthusiasts, and during the winter this was pursued. An initial sheet went out to about 100 known collectors. This first newsletter stated The Old Allis News was going to be published for the collectors and enthusiasts, and it also announced the show featuring Allis-Chalmers at Freeport in 1983.

The show proved to be a success, and plans were made for the following year with the group meeting at Dalton, Minnesota. Although it wasn't as large a show and the weatherman didn't always cooperate, the enthusiasm of the group had not lessened.

Since that time shows have been held every summer at different locations around the Midwest. This group of enthusiastic people have met at Baraboo, Wisconsin; Portland, Indiana; Wauseon, Ohio; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Edgerton, Wisconsin; Madison, South Dakota; Marion, Ohio; and Waverly, Nebraska.