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

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.