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Tri-State Gas Engine Show and Half Century of Progress

by Terri Keitel


Tags: happy trails, show season 2011, tri-state gas engine show, half century of progress,

The Tri-State Gas Engine Show in Portland, Ind., has become a tradition for me. So much to see every year, familiar and fresh; engines, tractors, old friends and new acquaintances. But it never gets old.

 Steam supper with the ATIS group at the Tri-State Gas Engine Show 
Steam supper with the ATIS group at the Tri-State Gas Engine Show.
 

The feature this year was Minneapolis-Moline.

Minneapolis-Moline Mini Mo 

Minneapolis-Moline UDLX 

Farm Collector and Gas Engine Magazine are holding a sweepstakes, offering a 1/4 scale water-cooled engine from Red Wing Motor Co., a division of PM Research, Inc. We brought the engine to the show and ran it a couple times at the booth we share with Bob and Linda Crowell on Row G. You can go to www.farmcollector.com/win to register to win. The sweepstakes ends January 15, 2012.

Bob Crowell with the Red Wing engine 

The show has more than 85,000 in attendance and there are so many vendors set up that it is impossible to see it all in a just a couple days. Come and see for yourself! Check out their website at www.tristategasengineandt.intuitwebsites.com.

Enjoy some of these photos from the show.

A hog oiler at the Tri-State Gas Engine Show 

Corn shellers on display at the Tri-State Gas Engine Show 

A steamer makes its way around the Tri-State Gas Engine Show grounds 

The future of the hobby shows his stuff at the Tri-State Gas Engine Show 

After I attended the Tri-State Gas Engine show in Portland, I stopped in for one day at the Half Century of Progress show in Rantoul, Ill., hosted by the I & I Antique Tractor Club. Believe me, one day is not enough for this show, and from what I understand, it just gets bigger and bigger! There is a huge variety of vintage farm equipment – every size and color. They also have a large area set aside for field demos. Almost 400 acres worth!

The show’s special feature this year was Big Blue, a four-wheel-drive tractor with two 8-71 diesel engines, built by John Kinzenbow, of Kinze Co. There was also some new Kinze equipment to see, among other brands.

Kinze Co. 8-71 diesel engines at the Half Century of Progress show 

I know one thing, I’ve never seen so many golf carts in one spot! It is such a huge show, it is a big help to have some wheels.

Golf carts at the Half Century of Progress show 

This is a show that is held every other year, and you can learn more by going to www.halfcenturyofprogress.org.

Here are a few pictures from the show.

Horses at the Half Century of Progess show 

Dan Yeck of Michigan in the parade at Rantoul 
Dan Yeck of Michigan in the parade at Rantoul.
 

Max Armstrong visiting with fans at the Half Century of Progress show 
Max Armstrong visiting with fans at the Half Century of Progress show.
 

See you down the road!