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Stories from the Heartland by Max Armstrong

Stories from the Heartland Max Armstrong

Max Armstrong's broadcasting career began at age 11, when he strung an antenna wire from his bedroom window to a pole behind the chicken coop. That was on Jim and Stella Fay Armstrong's corn and soybean farm in Indiana's Wabash River Valley. Max turned on the transmitter he built from a mail-order kit, and WMAX was on the air. Its signal covered barely a quarter-mile, and who knows if anyone was listening, but the seeds were sown. WMAX didn't last long, but Max has been broadcasting ever since.

In Stories from the Heartland, Armstrong — now an institution in farm radio broadcasting — shares stories of the people he's met during his 40-year career. Compelling stories of struggle and triumph, colorful characters and rich recollections of his boyhood on an Indiana farm fill the pages, accompanied by photos in full color.

The book is only partly Armstrong's story. He includes tales of a combine fire, the Chicago Board of Trade, the Louisville farm show, corn husking competitions, famous people and the not-so-famous but dear to his heart — and more. A sweetly nostalgic romp through farm country!

Stories from the Heartland by Max Armstrong, Bantry Bay Publishing, hard cover, 192 pages, color photos, available at www.octanepress.com.

The Bucketeer by David Kidwell

bucketeer utility crane

Sooner or later, chances are you're going to run into that job that your tractor can't perform, even with traditional implements. And that's the day when you'll want to give the Bucketeer a hard look.

"The reason for the Bucketeer's existence is simply that the tractor could not perform the task that we needed to do with traditional implements," explains owner David Kidwell. "Bucketeer implements take the tractor far beyond its traditional basic functions to perform a multitude of tasks, saving time, money and anxiety."

bucketeer base unit

An implement designed to transform the sub-compact or compact tractor "into a virtual Swiss Army knife of productivity," the Bucketeer (patent pending) will fit most tractors regardless of age and will even fit the newer quick-release buckets on the market today.

bucketeer grapevine puller

The Bucketeer's implement adapter bar has four receivers that house traditional and nontraditional implements. The base unit comes with 32-inch utility forks, the most versatile implement in the lineup. All other implements — hayfork, trailer dolly, grapevine extractor, roller, utility crane and landscape comb — attach to the base unit.

For more information: call (254) 640-5014; email: david@bucketeergear.com; view the product in a video online at www.bucketeergear.com.

Tractor Umbrella by Heritage Farm Power

tractor umbrella

Some things never go out of style... like shade on a hot day. Dating to the early 1980s, Heritage Farm Power was launched when owner Ken Buell couldn't find a replacement canvas for his old six-panel parasol-style tractor umbrella.

Today the company provides not only tractor umbrellas but also umbrellas for vintage combines, parade trailers, garden tractors and golf carts. Retro-farming is putting antique tractors in the fields for hay and tillage operations, with shade provided the old-fashioned way. And buggy-top-style umbrellas are popular with tractor ride participants.

tractor umbrella

"We've had a lot of fun gathering old units for samples and collecting old literature showing how umbrellas and brackets were used in days gone by," Ken says. "We've accumulated pictures and catalogs showing umbrellas being used back to the Waterloo Boy in 1920."

For more information, write to Heritage Farm Power, P.O. Box 485, Raymore, MO 64083; call (816) 322-1898; email: sales@tractorumbrellas.com; or visit www.tractorumbrellas.com.

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.


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