Tri-State Gas Engine Show and Half Century of Progress

Reader Contribution by Terri Keitel
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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.

The feature this year was Minneapolis-Moline.

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 to register to win. The sweepstakes ends January 15, 2012.

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

Enjoy some of these photos from the 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.

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.

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

Here are a few pictures from the show.

Dan Yeck of Michigan in the parade at Rantoul.
Max Armstrong visiting with fans at the Half Century of Progress show.

See you down the road!

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