TRI-STATE at 21 ... And Counting

| January/February 1987

  • A Perkins engine at Tri-State
    A Perkins aircooled vertical sideshaft engine at Tri-State
  • 1 HP engine at the 1986 Tri-State Show

  • 4 Monitors at the 1986 show
    4 Monitors at the 1986 show.

  • A Perkins engine at Tri-State
  • 1 HP engine at the 1986 Tri-State Show
  • 4 Monitors at the 1986 show

705 W. Annie Dr. Muncie, IN 47303

The counting at the 21st Annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show sponsored by the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc. on August 21-24, 1986 at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland, Indiana resulted in the following talley: 2,412 gasoline engines registered, 384 tractors (74 were the Rumely-Allis Chalmers featured this year), 7 steam engines, and 70 variety exhibits. Exhibitors came from 30 states, the District of Columbia and two Provinces of Canada.

A special exhibit of Monitor engines was set up this year with 12 Monitors being displayed together in one area. These 12 engines ranged in HP from one to fourteen. All of the Monitors were of different styles. Exhibitors from the four states of Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio brought in the beautifully restored Monitors.

Sawmilling, with a full size and a scale model sawmill, threshing, applebutter making, blacksmithing, and the running of the Association's 100 HP Fairbanks-Morse engine were daily attractions. One hundred forty, antique dealers and arts and crafts sales were other outstanding features. The Trading Post, a consignment operation, was very popular again this year and enjoyed heavy traffic. Several vendors offered engines and parts and supplies for engines and tractors. Activity was brisk in this area. Good food, along with evening musical entertainment rounded off the show's events.

With the continued support of our fine exhibitors and spectators, Tri-State will strive to be one of the largest and finest shows of its kind in the world. Tri-State's 22nd Annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show will be held on August 27-30, 1987 at the same location. You are invited to bring your engines and help us have 2,500 gas engines registered for the 22nd Anniversary Celebration. We hope to see you there.


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