National John Deere Two Cylinder Working Show

Deere fans flock to National John Deere Two Cylinder Working Show to see vintage equipment in working demonstrations


| October 1999



A vintage JD D and pull-type combine in action

A vintage JD D and pull-type combine in action. The D is the featured tractor at next year's Fairview show (planned for the third weekend in July). Club officials are hoping to have a D on exhibit from every year they were produced (1923-53).

Photo by G. Wayne Walker Jr.

It was a full house again this year at the National John Deere Two Cylinder Working Show in Fairview, Okla. 

"The number of exhibitors and flea market people was much bigger than it has been before," said Harry Martens, one of the show's organizers. "It was our biggest show in nine years, in terms of exhibitors, but attendance was also very good."

The key to the show's success? Brand aside ("It's completely John Deere," Harry said), the Oklahoma John Deere Two Cylinder Club has set clear priorities.

"We put on a good show, we treat our exhibitors right," he said "and we have big showgrounds where we can put on a lot of activities."

"That's part of the reason exhibitors like us," he added. "We have enough room that they can start up their tractors and drive them all over, no matter if it's on lugs or rubber tires. Very seldom at shows do you see tractors running, and you certainly don't see them working at many shows. They can do whatever they want here, any time of the day."

A working show means added interest for the exhibitor and the spectator.