Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show
Ethol Andrews presents Long Haul Award to Dale Smith of Wapakoneta, Ohio.
2025 Hillcrest Drive Anderson, Indiana 46012
Young, old and all ages in between, came to share in the fun at the UAW Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show that was held June 5-7, 1992 in Anderson, Indiana.
UAW Local 662 membership volunteers joined together to serve over 580 people at a delicious fish fry to start off the festivities of Friday evening. Craft persons and flea marketers were selling their wares, as exhibitors were arriving with their shiny, restored antique tractors and gas engines.
This year a glimmer of red stood out as International Harvester equipment took the limelight as the featured trademark. Fred Schenkel from Dryden, Michigan received the International 'Long Haul Award' with this IHC 450 tractor. Wayne Bechom, from Kokomo, Indiana, won the International 'People's Choice Award' with his McCormick-Deering W-12 tractor with plow.
Don Fenchum of Martinsville won the 'People's Choice Award' with his gas engine exhibit. His wife said, 'He is so happy. He has been to shows all around and has never been recognized before!' Bill and Mary Cline from Mesa, Arizona, received the 'Long Haul Award' with their Maytag gas engine exhibit. With people like this attending, it is easy to see why this is a fast growing hobby.
Dale Smith, Wapakoneta, Ohio, received the tractor 'Long Haul Award' with an Oliver 44 and IHC A. John Davidson, Anderson, Indiana, won the tractor 'People's Choice Award' with his John Deere B.
Contests were held and numerous other awards were presented during the show.
From those who registered their attendance, Mary Healy, Niles, Michigan, won the television in the drawing.
Registration revealed that spectators represented sixty-five union locals, ninety-four Indiana towns, fifteen states, and Canada.
On hand to greet our best crowd ever were 310 gas engines, 100 tractors, 22 model tractors, one model steam engine, 40 antique cars, and various other farm equipment of bygone times.
On Saturday, a new feature of the show included Tom Van-Duyn, Greenfield, Indiana, and other members of the White River Archaeological Society. They displayed and shared information on their interesting Indiana and pre-historic artifacts exhibit.
Ken Bannon, retiree, organized several of the bands from the White River Folk and Bluegrass Club to perform on Saturday afternoon and evening.
'Made in Anderson and Anderson Memorabilia Museum' was again displayed by Barb and Dan Davis. This display just keeps growing! Get the green ready boys! Next year's featured equipment will be John Deere. Let us bring out the most prized John Deere pieces. Next year's show dates will be June 4, 5, & 6, 1993. Mark your calendar now! See you next year at the UAW Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show, where old friends and new friends meet!