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11th Annual Mid-East Ohio Model Engineering Expo

Mid-East Ohio Model Engineering Expo flyer

Make plans to attend the Mid-East Ohio Model Engineering Expo, Sept. 29, 2018, at the Zanesville Municipal Airport in Zanesville, Ohio. The expo is being held in conjunction with the Annual Fly-In, Drive-In Car Show.

Free parking and RV parking will be available on the premises. Setup for vendors and exhibitors will be on Friday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complimentary forklift and operator will be available. The new location is conveniently located near hotels and restaurants.

For more information, contact:

Paul Debolt | debolt@columbus.rr.com | deboltmachine.com | (740) 454-8082
George Hughes | fhughes6@columbus.rr.com

For Fly-In Car Show information, contact:

Nick Cage | facebook.com/eaavintage22 | ch22.eaa@gmail.com | (740) 954-0059

Collection of Richard Lee Estate Auction

McCormick-Deering engine

Mark your calendars for the Collection of Richard Lee estate auction, Sept. 8, 2018, in Alvon, West Virginia. The auction begins at 10 a.m. with registration and inspection starting at 8:30 a.m.

Among the items for auction are approximately 65 antique engines, a spark plug collection, antique car and engine parts, and more. Online absentee bidding on a Model T, Doodle Bug and engines will be accepted before the live sale and will end at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Sept. 6.

For a full listing of antiques engines for sale, visit the Joe R. Pyle website.

2018 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

Steam engine on show grounds

The 2018 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, in Rollag, Minnesota, will feature homebuilt agricultural equipment and Galloway engines during a weekend filled with fun activities for the whole family, including parades, lumber sawing, music, and more.

The gate fee is $20 for a season pass (all 4 days) or $12 per day. Children 14 and under are free with a paid adult.

Pets are not allowed on the show grounds, with the exception of service dogs.

For more information, visit the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion website or contact Dennis Peterson at (701) 680-1328.

32nd Annual Menges Mills Historic Horse, Steam & Gas Show

Gas engines at the show

Make a trip to Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, July 13-15, 2018, for the 32nd Annual Menges Mills Historic Horse, Steam & Gas Show. This year's feature is International Harvester. Admission is free, and parking is $3. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Attractions include:

• Gas engines
• Antique cars (must be at least 25 years old)
• Farm and garden tractors
• Farm machinery and horses (when available)
• Blacksmithing, wood splitting and sawmilling
• Pedal tractor pull
• Flea market, antique dealers and crafts
• Stock garden tractor fun pull (Sunday only)
• Kids' games, candy scramble
• Parade of equipment
• Country cooking
• Country music

For more information, call (610) 683-3607 or visit mengesmillssteam.com. For flea market information, call (717) 259-7309.

2018 Fort Allen Ice Cream and Summer Fun Festival

Fort Allen show advertisement

Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Ice Cream & Summer Fun Festival held by the Fort Allen Antique Farm Equipment Assn., July 21-22, 2018, in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Ford tractors and Galloway engines will be the featured brands this year. In addition to the antique tractors and gas engines, there will be a flea market, parades, blacksmith, and of course, food.

For more information, call (724) 309-9159 or visit the Fort Allen Antique Farm Equipment Assn. Facebook page.

2018 Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride

Tractor ride group photo

2018 Heartland Acres Tractor Riders. All photos courtesy Heartland Acres Agribition Center.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa, completed the 2018 Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Due to heavy rain and lightning at the start of the annual tractor ride it was cut short after making an initial visit to Prairie Hills Assisted Living. The ride was about 20 minutes in length this year and after experiencing poor visibility due to the rain the tractors returned to Heartland Acres. That is not the end of the story. Making lemon aid out of lemons is what comes next and what John Cannon often did when things didn’t go as planned.

After discussion with our riders and looking at the radar showing other potential storms throughout the day, it was decided to cancel the ride for safety. What came next was a string of events and generosity on behalf of the participants and those supporting the Heartland Acres Tractor ride. First, all of the riders said to keep their entry feed and use it for the museum or even apply it to next year’s ride. Heartland Acres is happy to do this. Next, Heartland made calls to the assisted living homes we were to visit and let them know we wouldn’t make it this year. They understood and thanked us for thinking of them and to please keep them on the list for a visit next time. Next we called local law enforcement to let them know our ride was cancelled and the dispatcher was very kind and understanding and thanked us for letting them know. Another call was to McElroy’s Catering in Winthrop. They were to deliver the lunch to the Back Bone State Park. They understood and appreciated our attention to rider safety as well as that of others on the road.

Craig and Beatty Cannon

Craig Cannon, son of John Cannon, and Beatty Cannon.

McElroy’s great community oriented business and supports many initiatives throughout the area. We then called Scott and Shalon Frye who were hosting our riders for the morning break on their farm. They had made snacks for us and understood the reason for canceling. The stop at the Frye farm was also going to be part of a birthday celebration for their son Dickson who was celebrating his 9th birthday with his buddies and was looking forward to seeing all the cool tractors. So the rain shortened our Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor ride this year but didn’t ruin it based on the responses we received from everyone. As was demonstrated by so many, we all made lemon aid out of lemons and kept up a John Cannon trait.

Plans for the Annual Heartland Acres John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride started immediately following the ride. The ride in 2019 will be on Saturday, June 8.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit www.heartlandacresusa.com or call (319) 332-0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.

Paul Kitner on a Farmall

Fearless leader Paul Kitner on his Farmall.


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