Tri State Show A Huge Success


| January/February 1976

  • Lansing engine
    Shows the front of the Lansing engine that also was sold to the Russells.
    Kelt Branyan
  • A few items of the sale
    A few items of the sale, that sewing machine looks beautiful yet, but was quite old.
    Kelt Branyan
  • Woody Turner
    Courtesy of Edward E. Liechty, Berne, Indiana 46711
    Edward E
  • Fred Mayhew, Morris Titus, Secretary-Treasurer'
    Seated 1 to r. Fred Mayhew, Morris Titus, Secretary-Treasurer. Standing 1. to r. O.H. Schwanderman, Neal Barry, Woody Turner, president and Luther Breymeir
    Edward E
  • The Mini-Fairground
    Courtesy of Edward E. Liechty, Berne, Indiana 46711
    Edward E
  • Apple Butter King
    Courtesy of Edward E. Liechty, Berne, Indiana 46711.
    Edward E
  • The sawmill operation which attracts large crowds
    Courtesy of Edward E. Liechty, Berne, Indiana 46711
    Edward E
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Russell
    Mr. and Mrs. Paul Russell, of Route 1, Norrisville, North Carolina standing in front of the Birdsall engine they had just purchased.
    Kelt Branyan
  • Anna Mae Branyan

    Kelt Branyan
  • The car in back of the Auction tent
    A happy hunter taking his trophy to the car in back of the Auction tent
    Kelt Branyan
  • Elmer's Korn Krib
    A good view of Elmer's Korn Krib and some of the crowd.
    Kelt Branyan

  • Lansing engine
  • A few items of the sale
  • Woody Turner
  • Fred Mayhew, Morris Titus, Secretary-Treasurer'
  • The Mini-Fairground
  • Apple Butter King
  • The sawmill operation which attracts large crowds
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Russell
  • Anna Mae Branyan
  • The car in back of the Auction tent
  • Elmer's Korn Krib

Liechty, Berne, Indiana 46711

By far the most successful antique engine, tractor show in its nine-year history was held at the Jay County Fairgrounds at Portland, Indiana on August 23,24,25. This was based on both the number of entries and the attendance.

According to officials of the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc., there were a total of 1,125 gas engines, 173 tractors and five steam engines on display and working to whet the interest of the estimated 20,000 - 25,000 persons attending the three-day event. This is in contrast to the first such show where records reveal only 35 gas engines, two steam engines and five tractors were entered. The first show attracted 500 persons.

In all, officers said, 'There were over two million dollars worth of antique equipment for the public to view in our 1975 show.'



Attracting, in addition to the quaint machinery were Ted Yoder's cider and apple butter activities, Charles Burkhart's old time saw mill, along with other fascinating operations by others including broom making, caning, candle-making and weaving.

The large display of arts and crafts in the museum located on the fair grounds was a busy place attracting hundreds of admirers.