Tri-State Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Association Portland, Indiana.

| March/April 1973

  • Titus and Mayhew
    Courtesy of Gary Hengstler, Portland, Indiana 47371.
    Gary Hengstler

  • Titus and Mayhew

Editor, The Commercial Review, Portland, Indiana 47371

The Tri-State Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Association which encompasses members throughout the Midwest, held its annual Christmas dinner and awards presentation Saturday, Dec. 2, in Portland, Indiana.

Nearly 100 members attended the function to enjoy each other's fellowship, review the successes during the past year and to keep plans moving for next year. Each year in August, the association sponsors one of, if not, the biggest gas engine and tractor shows in the United States.

Last August, over 20,000 passed through the Jay County, Indiana, Fairgrounds gate to view 725 gas engines, 92 tractors, 12 steam engine tractors, three miniature steam traction engines, two stationary engines made before 1900 and the wares of more than 125 antique dealers.

So successful was the show that Woody Turner, president of the association, announced during the show the dates for next year's show: Aug. 24, 25 and 26.

The Christmas dinner was held with the equally-important purpose of honoring those whom the board of directors felt contributed most to the show's success. The club member who contributes most is named 'Sparkplug of the Year.'