Switzerland County Antique Tractor and Engine Show
Well, the Third Annual Switzerland County Antique Tractor and
Engine Show was held on June 26 & 27, 1999 at Vevay, Indiana,
and for the third year, we were blessed with rain for our show. We
did manage to get most of the activities in. The worst rains came
on the evening of Saturday, June 26, and Sunday afternoon, the
This year, we moved the show area to the Paul Ogle Park on the
banks of the Ohio River in Vevay. We had plenty of room for the 65
tractors and 50 or so engines. Our judged events included oldest
tractor, best tractor, farthest traveled exhibitor, and best engine
display. Competitive events were a pedal tractor pull for the
children, slow tractor race, and egg race. We didn’t get in the
barrel race or the blindfold race on Sunday because of the
One of the highlights of the event was we had two Indiana
tractors on display. There was also plenty of horse drawn equipment
displayed for all to see! Allis-Chalmers, Case, Farmall, Ford,
Fordson, Gibson, International, John Deere, McCormick Deering,
Minneapolis Moline, Massey Harris, and Massey Ferguson tractors
were all represented at the show. We had a parade each day at noon
and thanks to the police escort, we got lots of attention as we
toured along Main Street!
An attention-getter was a White Mountain five gallon ice cream
freezer belted to a 2 HP Fairbanks-Morse Z. It got real attention,
when we fixed a batch of ice cream Saturday evening for exhibitors.
Must have been okay, we served it all!
Now it’s time to roll the credits, thanks to all the
sponsors for financial help with trophies, rent for the park, and
advertisement, local law enforcement for security and parade
coordination, and most of all, the exhibitors who went to all the
effort to load and haul equipment in for display, and of course, to
all the spectators who came to visit. I would like to extend a
special thanks to the Dearborn County F.A.R.M (Farm Antiques and
Related Machinery) Club, for their high level of participation and
also for all the help with organization and execution of the show.
Without their help, the show couldn’t have been the success it
Watch for the dates for the 2000 show, we’ll have some ice
cream for you!
Keeping the Doodlebug Project Alive
Farmers from the 30s to the 50s built makeshift tractors called doodlebugs from available parts and pieces found on the farm.
Custom Built Cub Cadet Buggy
Check out Forest Spaulding’s custom-built buggy pieced together using several parts from a cub cadet and various other tractors.
Maytag Tractor, 29 Years Later
The son of the builder of a Maytag tractor featured in a 1989 article gives us an update.