Russell 16-48

1919 Russell 16-48 belonging to the Brubakers of Bird City;

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Star Route 7, Box 35A Pueblitos, NM 87002

I'm sending along a few photos I took at Bird City, Kansas during the 33rd annual show of the Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Association. Norman Dorsch, Association President, Harold Nelson, V.P. and the board of directors made the 1986 show more than its usual crowd gathering, excitement-filled four days.

Included along with the tremendous array of antique farm machinery was the swap meet, the Tri-State Antique Auto Club, the stationary engine display, plus the numerous exhibits and demonstrations depicting nearly every aspect of early pioneer life on the high plains.

18-65 HP twin cylinder under-mounted Avery owned and operated by Dwayne Nelson of Bird City, who demonstrated her power by pulling a twelve bottom turning plow;

The program for the steam traction engines included daily races, (both fast and slow), parades, grain threshing, horse power testing on the Baker fan, plowing, and the ever popular stunts on the pyramid block.

Setting the pace and keeping the fast moving show rolling on schedule was M. C. and announcer Hal Sager.

The high light of the four day event was the Friday evening antique tractor pull. The contest, which included almost every size and style of antique tractor imaginable, ran well past sunset and into darkness.

I'd like to give special recognition at this time to the wonderful ladies of the Bird City area who prepared and served all the fabulous superb food that kept everyone well fed. I especially was fond of the fresh baked pies that I consumed as fast as the fire box took coal.

The growth of the event in the past several years promises an even greater show for next year, when once again the ground will shake and the earth will move under the awesome display of horse power.