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2018 Gathering of the Green

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The Gathering Display Committee is busy planning another spectacular array of artifacts for the March 21-24, 2018 Gathering of the Green conference. Amazing displays of yesteryear have become a tradition and 2018 is no exception. You can look forward to displays featuring the Dain, Waterloo Boy, a windmill and more – lots of unusual treasures await your viewing pleasure.

Don’t delay, place the Gathering on your calendar and check our website (www.gatheringofthegreen.com) and the Gathering Facebook page. E-mail info@gatheringofthegreen.com with questions or call/text Gathering Information at (563) 845-3298.

Waterloo Boy tractor

Thermocure Cooling System Rust Remover and Flush

Thermocure rust remover

Thermocure™ a new rust remover for the cooling systems which is safe, simple, and easy to use. Thermocure™ restores the engine’s ability to transfer heat to the coolant which allows the engines to run cooler and last longer. Thermocure™ works great in automobiles, ATVs, diesels, RVs and tractors.

Thermocure™ easily removes rust scale and deposits from radiators, water pumps, water jackets, engine blocks and heads. The Thermocure™ procedure is simple. Once the cooling system is completely drained and the coolant is removed from the radiator the user will add a mixture of Thermocure™ and water to the radiator. The vehicle should run for 3-4 hours up to three days depending on the amount of rust. The cooling system is then drained and flushed twice with water. It is important to add a high-quality antifreeze after the system is flushed to prevent future problems.

Depending on the depth of the rust, the Thermocure™ solution may be effective for two treatments. The spent solution will have traces of antifreeze that should be disposed of with the antifreeze that was removed from the vehicle.

Thermocure will be available in the automotive department of Walmart supercenters nationwide starting March 2017.

Massey Expo of North America 2017 Date Change

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The Apple Country Antique Engine & Tractor Association has announced new dates for WNC Fall Harvest Days featuring the Massey Expo of North America. The show will now take place Oct. 19-21, 2017, rain or shine at the WNC Agricultural Center in Arden, North Carolina.

The activities for the event include tractors pulls, daily tractor parade and more, with over 250 vendors. The gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission is $8 a day or $20 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 are admitted at no charge with a paid adult.

For general questions, please email masseyexpo2017@gmail.com or call 828-275-2946 or 828-275-6455. For camping questions, please email applecountrync@yahoo.com. For vendor and exhibitor questions, please email applecountrync@yahoo.com or call 828-435-0413.

2017 Land of Lincoln Expo

John Deere tractors

Tractors will be grouped together by brand at the Land of Lincoln Expo. Photo courtesy Alena Oliver.

The 2017 Land of Lincoln Expo will take place Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds in Carlinville, Illinois.

There will be a lawn and garden tractor show, a tractor drive, a tractor parts and swap meet, and much more. Camping with water and electricity, and concessions will be provided. Setup is Thursday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rib and Brisket Cook-Off, sponsored by Starr's Primal Meats, is Saturday with sampling from noon to 5 p.m. The Macoupin County Fairgrounds are located at 21368 Route 4 North in Carlinville.

The Land of Lincoln Expo is sponsored by the Macoupin Agricultural Antique Association. You can find the Land of Lincoln Expo, the Macoupin Agricultural Antique Association and Starr's Primal Meats on Facebook.

General information
Bill Miller, call or text 217-502-4504, shinola@royell.org

Vendors
Mark Berkel, 618-409-4410, mberkel3502@gmail.com

Tractor drive
Keith Ladage, 217-971-5917

Rib cook-off
Ryan Starr, 217-854-7746

Motel, hotel and camping information
Magnuson Grand Hotel, 217-324-2100
Carlin Villa Motel, 217-854-3201
Camping at Camp Soar, 888-623-1237, ext. 1609

2017 Indiana Corn Husking Contest

Corn on the Craig Geyer Farm

The Craig Geyer Farm at Bremen. Photo courtesy Barbara Amiss.

Bremen will be the corn husking capital of Indiana on Saturday. Oct. 7, as the Craig Geyer Farm will host the Indiana Hand Corn Husking Contest.

The Indiana Hand Corn Husking Contest will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This contest is open to all who enjoy old-fashioned corn husking. Participants in the timed contest husk corn from one row, throwing the ears into a horse-drawn wagon. The corn is then weighed and inspected for excess husks. Classes vary from 10 to 20 minutes.

The contests are open to both men and women of various age groups, from youth to Golden Agers. Team husking is a new event; four members husking for 5 minutes each. The cost is $20 per person; spectators will be admitted at no charge. Free parking.

The Craig Geyer Farm is located at 20565 Tyler Road, Bremen, Indiana. Directions: From US 30, travel north 7.5 miles on US 31 to (Exit 233) to US 6, then go west 1 mile to stoplight, then turn right, continue north on Michigan Street to second flashing yellow light at LaVille High School. Turn right (east) and go (1.1) miles to the “T.” Turn left and continue 1 mile to Craig Geyer Farm following signs.

For more information, contact:
Clay Geyer, at 574/952-7197, husker_clay@yahoo.com
Mark Payne, at 219/895-3767, bigpipe4630@gmail.com
Larry Smith, at 219/362-4041, larrys@halderman.com

Barbara Amiss, Promotions, 260/982-2107 x 966, bamiss@hfgroup.com

Seed Savers Heritage Seeds on Sale at Heartland Acres

Packets of seeds

For the eighth year Heartland Acres Agribition Center is an outlet for “Seed Savers” of Decorah, Iowa.

Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers, heirloom seeds can now be purchased in the Gift Shoppe at Heartland Acres Agribition Center.

Seed Savers Exchange saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our gardening heritage. When people grow and save seeds, they join ancient traditions as stewards, nurturing our diverse, fragile genetic and cultural heritage. Seed Savers is one of more than 100 U.S. seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge.

Gardeners from every corner of the world have brought seeds when their families immigrated to America. Throughout the colonial period, traditional seeds brought by European settlers enriched the legacy of food crops that Native Americans have grown and traded for centuries. Shrinking rural populations, elderly gardeners often cannot find younger relatives who will continue to grow their living heirlooms. Future generations of gardeners will never enjoy those unique tastes and textures. Valuable genetic characteristics are lost forever. Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 and has helped preserve our heritage.

Seed Savers Exchange and Heartland Acres Agribition Center are both listed as Partner Sites of Silos and Smokestacks. Pick up your brochure at either site to see what exciting day trips you can visit this year.

Remember – “The early bird gets the worm” (or seeds). Stop by today – 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence, Iowa 50644 exit #252 on Hwy. #20.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit us at www.heartlandacresusa.com  or call (319) 332.0123 or find us on Facebook.

World's Largest Vintage Tractor Auction Returns to Davenport

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Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’, the largest vintage-tractor auction company, will return to the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa, March 30-April 1, for its 2017 Spring Classic auction with more than 400 vintage tractors and 300 rare signs and farm relics consigned from across the nation.

The spotlight will shine radiantly on a legendary powerhouse: a 1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 (Lot S44) with front-wheel assist that would be a dominating anchor to any tractor collection. For International enthusiasts, a 1968 International 1256 (Lot S65) with front-wheel assist from the Steve Sickafoose Collection, complete with a rebuilt motor and a new clutch, is a can’t-miss machine. John Deere lovers will be dazzled with a rare 1938 John Deere BWH-40 (Lot F39), one of only 16, and completely restored with new paint. Prairie-gold enthusiasts will be captivated with the 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX (Lot F49) that will be offered. This tractor was the first tractor built with a cab and was labeled the ‘Comfortractor.’ It was designed with a dual purpose—for use in the field and to drive to town, with the ability to reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour. Only 125 of these rare gems were built.

In addition to the individual auction highlights, there will be 13 private collections offered at the Gone Farmin’ 2017 Spring Classic including a group of nine tractors from the late founder of the Chik-fil-A Corporation: Truett Cathy. Other tractor collections include four Internationals from the aforementioned Steve Sickafoose Collection, a group of four steel-wheeled John Deere tractors from the 1920s and ‘30s from the Richard Nelson Collection, 11 tractors from the George Ashbacher Collection, six meticulously restored International and Farmall tractors from the King Collection and five beautifully restored tractors, including the Allis-Chalmers D10 Series 2 (Lot F151) from the Don Russell Carlisle Iowa Museum Collection.

In addition to the tractors up for auction, more than 300 rare signs and farm relics will be offered on Friday, March 31, following the tractors, including a rare single-sided wood smalt-paint John Deere sign (Lot M65).

An auction preview will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center. Food will be provided and live music will be performed by Back Country Roads.

To register as a bidder for the Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic vintage tractor auction, visit Mecum.com. Admission is $10 per person, per day. Tickets are available at the door; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Portions of the auction will be broadcast on RFD-TV, and a live stream of the entire event will be presented at Mecum.com. For more information about the auction, to consign a tractor or to register to bid, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA

1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA (Lot S44). Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions.

About Mecum Auctions

The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year. Headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle and Road Art sales. In 2010, Dan Mecum launched the Gone Farmin’ tractor division within the company and has since grown it into a thriving venture now offering four auctions each year. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

Schedule:

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic
March 30-April 1, 2017
Mississippi Valley Fair Center
2815 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804

Admission: $10 per person, per day; tickets available at the door. Children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission.

Preview: From 4-7 p.m., on Thursday, March 30. Food will be available and entertainment provided by Back Country Roads.

Tractor Auction: Tractors will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Signs and Farm Relics will follow tractors on Friday.

1938 John Deere BWH-40

1938 John Deere BWH-40 (Lot F39).

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX (Lot F49).