Tri - State Gas Engine Show


| May/June 1973



Portland, Indiana 47371

One of the most interesting aspects of the annual Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show is the fact that each year at this time, its leaders engage in 'conservative inflation' in their predictions for the upcoming show.

Take last year's for example. About one month before the 1972 show was held, Tri-State President Woody Turner, RR 6, Portland, Indiana, told this reporter he hoped for about 600 gas engines to fill the Jay county Fairgrounds at this central Indiana city near the Ohio border. And when he made that prediction he was 'inflating' the total number of gas engines which had come previously.

To his surprise (and pleasure) over 700 came. Not only that but the attendance jumped almost 5,000 from about 15,000 to over 20,000 in the three-day show.

This year's show will be held Aug. 24, 25 and 26 at the same above location. And, as has happened each of the past seven years since its origin, this year's show promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Turner said some of his fellow club members have estimated there will be over 1,000 gas engines. One reason why the guess can't be any more accurate than an ordinary prediction is that no prior registration is required. Whoever shows up during the week preceding the show gers a space for his engine. Turner never knows ahead of time who is going to show.