Trooping on to my next show of the summer landed me in Connecticut with one of my favorite travel companions, editor of Farm Collector, Leslie McManus. We walked through the show of the Quinebaug Valley Engine Association show in Colchester. Just our luck, the eastern states were experiencing a heat wave so I didn’t really get a reprieve from hot and humid Kansas temperatures. This show is held on the grounds of the Zagray Farm Museum, which has quite a neat history.
A long time advertiser and a past president of the club, Mark Maikshilo of Mark’s Magneto (see his ads in Farm Collector and Gas Engine Magazine) gave Leslie and I a guided tour of the grounds. We saw the Machine Shop which houses lathes, drill presses and machinery that has been restored back to working condition. Even handwriting on the walls of the shop, written by one of the three bachelor brothers who owned the farm and have since passed away. Calculations and scrawlings of a hard working creative mind.
The Zagray Brothers had quite a collection of machinery, with an affinity toward Farmall F-20 and Farmall regular tractors. We walked to the spot where the club members work a huge line up of construction equipment.
And we saw some of the Farmalls still hanging out amongst the trees.
Around 46 were found in various states of disassembly when the club started to clear through the property. They have kept the rest of these tractors intending to bring several back to running condition. I even got to try my hand at running this Northwestern steam shovel with the help my new friend, George Jarvis!
The QVEA club had been granted a lease by Harry Zagray, along with a bill of sale for all personal property. On Dec. 9, 2001, as the QVEA work party cleared through the piles of iron treasures, Mark, the club President at that time, discovered under an old sink and some canvas, a metal ammo box. Opening it up he called other club members over to find almost $55,000 in cash in the box. The estate got the cash, but gave the club a finder’s fee, which included over 400 freshly minted and wrapped $2 bills that had been found in the box. The $2 bills are now offered to individuals interested in owning a part of the historic Zagray Farms and contributing to its ongoing development as a farm museum.
Many dedicated volunteers give their time and efforts to see the heritage of the Zagray Farms, old iron of the area and their club preserved. See their website at www.qvea.org, or read about them in this article from the Farm Collector archive.
They hold several shows a year so check it out and see if you can make it to one or two!
I usually try to mention a fun food find at the shows. They had some great homemade ice cream which is always a must do. But we discovered a favorite spot just off the grounds in Colchester called Harry’s Place. Oh boy…the ice cream and the Lobster Rolls…three words…To Die For!! :)
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New York New York!! Well, a little bit west of the Big Apple, there’s some beautiful farm country near the Finger Lakes area. Four Two-Cylinder clubs hold this great show every other year where you can see a plethora of John Deere tractors, equipment and vendors in a nice setting on the New York Steam Engine Association grounds near Canandaigua. Officially titled the New York State Two Cylinder Expo Association-Expo XI and held July 11-13, 2013, this is pegged on their brochure as the world’s largest antique two cylinder John Deere show. This year’s feature was John Deere Model G.
This is a part of the group who meets you in the parking lot sending you in the right direction to park. The horses are always a fun distraction for kids young and old.
Lots of activities, demonstrations and seminars are included in the schedule. Tractor pulls are always a big favorite.
Arlene, Shirley and Joyce man the booth for Jorde’s Decals!
This year’s Expo XI truck was a 1957 Chevy Step-side Pickup (cost $35.00 plus $6.50 for shipping) If you are interested in purchasing the collectible truck, send a check to A & B COLLECTIBLES 352 South Drive, Rochester, New York 14612. There are still some Expo X models available as well. Call Al Hain at 585-227-1864.
My pals with John Deere & Company thought it was a good idea to get me in this picture with Chris Boyens of John Deere and a nice guy we met there at the show! I really AM a Munchkin from Kansas!
The Two Cylinder clubs who host the event are Finger Lakes Chapter, Southern Tier, Central New York, and Western NY. For more information go to www.newyorkstateexpo.com the next New York Expo will be July 9-11, 2015 and they will feature John Deere Model 430.
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One Fish, Two Fish…Fishing fun at the ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) in Las Vegas in July 2013. The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, ICAST teamed up with IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealer) and is produced by the ASA (American Sportfishing Assn.), the sportfishing industry’s trade association. The ASA looks out for the interests of the entire sportfishing community. The show is the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel and is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry helping to drive sportfishing companies’ product sales year round. According to the website, 9,500 representatives from the global fishing industry converged to the Las Vegas Convention Center for the show.
There was a new product showcase and many booths set up by well-known brands.
Here’s the Fly Fishing pond where folks were testing their skills at fly fishing. This was fun to watch, such a smooth and quiet process.
Co-Worker Sheila Kearney and I got to meet several pro fishermen in attendance at the show. Here we are with Brent Chapman!
We met many reps from companies all over and hope to partner with them in some way with our magazines. It’s a perfect fit and I’m sure our readers who fish and hunt and love the outdoors would agree!
To learn more go to www.icastfishing.org or to join or learn more about ASA see www.ASAfishing.org and www.KeepAmericaFishing.org.
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What a beautiful place to hold a tractor show! As we pulled up to park for the event we spied manicured lawns, colorful flowers and big red barns. Welcome to the Gilmore Car Museum grounds! The Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Club held their 34th annual show and exhibition June 28-30, 2013. The feature this year was John Deere and Cushman, but all makes and models were welcome. Dan Yeck, club board member and chairman for the John Deere feature for this show, along with his wife Sandy and many other club members hosted quite an event.
There were 792 pieces of John Deere equipment and tractors! In addition to that there were many other brands and a good number of vendors set up as well!
This is a perfect spot for a show. Not only were there many exhibits, tractors and vendors to see but you can also tour the numerous barns and buildings on site to view extensive impressive collections of vintage cars, motorcycles, one of North America’s largest displays of hood ornaments, a replica of a Ford dealership and a recreated 1930’s gas station Station.
In my younger days, I loved the old 1967 Disney movie called the Gnome-Mobile. Well, apparently the museum founder Donald Gilmore and Walt Disney were friends and after the movie was finished, Donald purchased the 1930 Rolls Royce Sedanca Deville for the cost of the shipping. Walt then gave the original movie set of the car’s back seat to Donald and it is on display at the museum!
I couldn’t resist getting in the picture on this one!
It’s a nicely run show and an extra bonus to see the other displays on the museum grounds while you are there! There is a cool Diner on the grounds, which is an authentic 1941 Silk City diner that was moved from Meriden, Connecticut to the museum and they offered some refreshing items on their menu.
Next years’ show will be June 27-29, 2014. You can view info on the website at www.KalValleyClub.org, and also the Gilmore Car Museum at www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org.
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Went to a nice small local show in Pittsburg, Kansas, held June 21-22, 2013. I was reminded that it is great to go see the big shows across the country, but like a line I sort of borrowed from one of my favorite movies, sometimes you don’t need to look any further than your own back yard. (My version from the Wizard of Oz!)
For a smaller show they offered quite a variety of things to see!
Engineered by Loren Erwin. How could anyone have the patience to make this!? It’s awesome!
Here’s a large ball bearing mover. Now, if you ever wanted to move some ball bearings, this is the way to do it!
This is a cool trailer/display. The owner, Jamie Gull, can take his engines down the road protected from the elements, then with a small motor he can raise the frame up, and the flaps out. Voila! Instant display for spectators to walk around and enjoy his collection! Ingenuity at its finest!
The show was held on the Crawford County Museum grounds, and the museum itself was very impressive, with lots of fun memorabilia from the area, including a Civil War cannon.
My food especial on this trip was the famous, Chicken Annie’s! A great old home town spot for fried chicken and all the fixin's! I’d heard about it in my neck of the woods, but had never been since it’s a few hours from where I live. There’s Chicken Annie’s and Chicken Mary’s in the same town, a sort of “chicken wars” but that means there’s plenty for everyone!
There were scale models, classic cars, apple peeler, butter churns and rope making to name a few of the other sights.
If you want to learn more about the show, read about it in the September 2013 issue of Farm Collector or visit www.sekgasenginetractorclub.com
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I went to two big swap meets this spring. I started out with the Pioneer Power Swap Meet in Le Sueur, Minn., on April 25-28. I was going into this with all the snow and cold we’d all experienced this spring, and was pretty skeptical about the weather predicament up there. The Tuesday before the meet, they had 8 inches of snow. So I packed my Carhartt coat, heavy gloves, rain poncho and mud boots and headed up to Minnesota from Kansas. By the time all was said and done, on Friday and Saturday it was 70 degrees and sunny! I even saw someone taking a picture of the roadway on the grounds with dust blowing around, right beside a big wet mud hole. There was a big crowd due to the weather. Friday, as I was coming to the show, I had to wait in traffic for 40 minutes just to park, and as I pulled up to the sheriff who was directing traffic, he said, “the 20-acre parking lot is full, good luck!”
The vendors and club members I talked to were happy with the turnout and sales were going well.
Above is a new product at the Kettle River Ironworks booth by Steve and Linda Peterson of Menagha, Minnesota. Their website is www.kettleriverironworks.com.
You can’t believe the interesting things you can see at the swap meets. Not only is there everything for just about every piece of equipment or tractor if you look hard enough, but also quite an array of other items. I’m always reminded of the creativity and engineering abilities of the folks in this hobby!
You should come see for yourself at the next swap meet in Le Sueur. April 25-27, 2014.
My next trip was the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Swap meet in Portland, Indiana. May 15-18. The weather was just perfect this year except for a good downpour of rain on Friday night. Again, lots of vendors were set up and selling their wares and folks were enjoying the camaraderie of the swap meet.
It looks like there is some wheelin’ and dealin’ going on here!
Check out this line up of John Deere Patio garden tractors with the one special pink version.
Sometimes I mention my fave food finds at the shows. A booth with giant fish sandwiches always has a long line of people waiting to bite into the crunchy swap meet favorite. You can hardly see the bun for the size of the fish, and yep I had one!
Like I said earlier, you can find about anything at the swap meets and I found something I just had to have! I ended up with a real working stoplight and it is hanging up in our shop at home right now. Why!? I don’t know, it’s just a fun conversation piece I guess!
Come to the Swap meet in Portland, Ind., next year and find something you can’t live without!
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94 percent of our audience of Rural Lifestyle publications, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, Grit & Mother Earth News, participate in recreational outdoor activities. Much of that includes hunting, fishing and camping. So we knew the Las Vegas SHOT show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show) would be the perfect place to learn more about the industry, meet new advertisers and network. And it was!
The show was held January 15-18, 2013 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. The event is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). I attended with my colleague Sheila Kearney. We had the opportunity to see the newest products in firearms, ammo, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related technology.
According to the website, this is the largest trade show of its kind in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Vegas. There were more than 62,000 people in attendance and 1,600 exhibitors filled booth space covering 630,000 net square feet, but the show is a trade-only event; it is not open to the public.
We met a lot of the marketing contacts for many of the “big guns” (pun intended), like Ruger, Remington, Winchester, Smith & Wesson, Nikon, just too many to mention!
Here’s the WR Case & Sons Knives booth and the Rokon all-terrain motorcycle. Sheila had a pedometer and we figured out on just one day of walking the show, we walked 8 miles!
Because the Outdoor Channel is a pinnacle sponsor, we also had the chance to run into many “celebrities”, like Bruce from The Swamp People, the guys from Gold Rush, Nick Mundt of The Bone Collectors, and even Ted Nugent.
Bruce from The Swamp People
The guys from Gold Rush
We got to meet and greet with country singer and avid deer hunter Craig Morgan, who I had also seen at the 2009 Red Power Round Up in Madison, Wisconsin. He signed my Farm Collector and Sheila’s copy of Grit!
Below is Jeff Foxworthy. We got to talk to him walking down the aisle at the show, too. We went to visit Rick’s Restoration (a TV show that is a spin-off from Pawn Stars); Harris International Labs has a product called Evapo-Rust and Rick from the show is their spokesperson. Their ads, with Rick, can be seen in Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine and Motorcycle Classics.
You can visit www.shotshow.org to learn more about this event.
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