4009 Main Street, Port Hope, Ml 48468
The Third Annual Antique Equipment Show was held July 1 & 2, 1989 in Port Hope, Michigan on the High School Grounds. The 4th of July Celebration saw approximately 3500 people view a show consisting of 190 exhibitors with approximately 200 tractors and 400-500 engines. Planning Committee members point out that this is only a portion of those viewing the show since those 16 and under coming through the gate are free of charge. Although the Planning Committee consists of just four men, Roy Reinke, Marv Koglin, Fred Hason, and Wayne Lenton, joint efforts of the community made the show a huge success.
Not only did Port Hope hold its 3rd Annual Show, but it was the site of the Prairie Gold Rush 8th Annual Display & Convention of Minneapolis-Moline Equipment. Exhibitors came from eight states and Canada to display M-M equipment ranging from a display of garden tractors to a tractor the size of the M-M Twin City.
The featured item was a 1939 Minneapolis-Moline cab-covered tractor owned by Scott Kramer of Palms, Michigan.
Other features included a shingle mill owned by the Twenty Lakes Club of Michigan and restored by Harold Husted of Harrison. Cedar shingles were made and, using an old homemade forge and a homemade branding iron, were stamped 'Port Hope 1989'. Grain was threshed on an Allis Chalmers threshing machine owned by Charles Geiger, Harbor Beach. A saw mill owned by John Bukoski of Ubly, Michigan was in operation.
Along with the antique equipment on display were approximately 50 flea market exhibitors. Approximately 70 tractors participated in a tractor pull on Saturday afternoon. Some 70 quilts were on display in the school gymnasium. Several women volunteered their time to present a quilting demonstration. On Saturday night, the Prairie Gold Rush hosted a Pig Roast. Lisa Swartz, Harbor Beach, Michigan, Miss Prairie Gold 1989, was on hand to greet club members and guests.
The Tip of the Thumb Dancers hosted a round and square dance in the high school gym. School students sponsored a breakfast on Sunday morning. A parade was held Sunday afternoon.
Port Hope's 4th Annual Show will be held June 29-30, July 1, 1990, featuring Rumely Oil Pulls and Allis Chalmers tractors.
Port Hope, Michigan is a small rural community set on the shores of Lake Huron in the Thumb of Michigan...as all the village entrance signs say, 'Port Hope is the Little Town with the Big Welcome.' Therefore, everyone is welcome! Anyone interested in more information regarding the 1990 show, please feel free to call Roy Reinke at (517) 428-4838 or Marv Koglin at (517) 428-4160.