1988 M.R.V.S.E.A. Show Report

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M.R.S.E.A. bundle wagon.
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M.R.V.S.E.A. company engine K-G. Threshing.
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Illinois engine at Boonville Show, Mr. Amos.
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M.R.V.S.E.A. Aultman Taylor in background; Kruger's Oil Pull: Mrs. Kruger and calliope at 1988 show.

Rt. 2, Box 84A Hickory Hillside Acres California, Missouri
65081

I wanted to let you know how our 25th Anniversary Show turned
out at Boonville, Missouri, this past September. The weather was
excellent, cool and sunny. New exhibitors attendance and gate
attendance records were set. Paid admissions to the four day event
were around 5,500 people. Nearly 50 new members were signed up. We
hosted over 20 steam engines, over 1,000 gas engines ranging from
1-100 HP, 20 head of work horses and 295 tractor exhibits. Popular
events and attractions included: Horseshoe pitching; live music;
dancing; blacksmith shop; gas engine displays; crafts; flea market;
parts sales; antique and classic tractor pulls; horse, steamer and
tractor power demonstrations; threshing; baling; plowing; lumber
sawing; rock crushing; antique cars and trucks; Knights of Columbus
country meals; daily parades; and of course the I.H.C. feature
event.

I would like to elaborate some on the I.H.C. feature event for
you readers. The feature area was a 60′ diameter cargo
parachute converted to a tent. The tent contained selected choice
I.H.C. exhibits, a display case of trophies to be given away, and
all sorts of I.H.C. memorabilia, patches, flags, tools, toys,
literature, signs, etc. The feature tent also provided seating,
shade, free ice water, free sample copies of Red Power Magazine and
served as the tractor headquarters and loafing area.

The feature tent housed and displayed the following: the
Association’s raffle tractor, a 1938 restored F-12 on steel
($1.00 donations were accepted for chances to win this tractor. It
was given away during the last day of the show.); a beautifully
restored W-30 belonging to Mark Johnsdow of Arkansas City, Kansas,
(this tractor won best restored on steel); a nice 0-12 and 0-14
were provided by Wayne Hutton of Clarence, Missouri; a nice F-12
with factory wide front was provided by James Gall of Reserve,
Kansas; a slick F-12 with single front belonged to Lee Schmidt of
California, Missouri; an OS-12 belonged to Willard Hawn of
Newport-Ritchey, Florida (this unit won an award for traveling the
greatest distance1,400 miles); an 0-12 belonged to Byron Monckton
of Fayette, Missouri; a beautifully restored Fairway 12 belonged to
Dan and Martha Schmitt of Omaha, Nebraska (this unit won best
restored on rubber); a real nice early Regular on rear steel
belonged to Charlie Robinson of Cresco, Iowa; an 1865 McCormick
Reaper was proudly displayed by Gus Schrader of Boonville,
Missouri; Mike Smasel of Sedalia, Missouri, furnished a real nice
Titan gas engine.

The tent being just so big, most of the I.H.C. featured line
which consisted of 98 tractors and related items (machinery,
trucks, engines, etc.) were parked surrounding the feature tent.
Some units I will high-light for you but due to space I cannot
include each one.

E. Brad Foster of Edgerton, Missouri brought his 1911 20 HP Type
C Mogul (this tractor won an award for oldest); Jerry Shahan of
Brashear, Missouri, took home the coveted I.H.C. Feature Trophy
with the display of his 1912 25 HP Titan with factory cab and his
1917 International 8-16; Wayne Hutton of Clarence, Missouri, won
rarest honors with his Regular, F-20 and F-30 all narrow tread
tractors; Miles Wolf of Pilot Grove, Missouri proudly unveiled his
newly restored 10-20 Titan (not bad for a boy with Green blood);
Dennis Fricken of Wooldridge, Missouri took 2nd place Best Restored
Classic with his H on steel. Looking on down the I.H.C. lines you
could see nice Regulars, F-20’s, F-30’s, 10-20’s,
15-30’s, 22-36’s, F-12’s, WK-40’s, W-40’s,
WA-40’s, A’s, B’s, C’s, H’s, M’s, an MD, a
W4, W6, and W-9, a 1988 Case I.H. Magnum 7120 and a smaller 1988
Case I.H. Utility Tractor with mower provided by Case IH Power
& Equipment Co. of Sedalia, Missouri. Several nice IHC trucks
from the 30’s-50’s and a barrage of IHC equipment
including: plows, sub-soilers, balers, a Weber wagon, manure
spreader, rakes, corn and grain binders, threshers, grinders,
walking plows and a mower. Rob Gooding of Cairo, Missouri won best
machinery display and contributed greatly to the IHC equipment
line.

On Saturday we had a combination feature and regular parade.
This parade lasted nearly three hours. A color guard of U.S.,
Missouri State, IHC, and Farmall flags were carried by the 25 HP
Titan, 20 HP Mogul, IHC 8-16 and the Fairway 12 respectively to
start the show while our National Anthem was played on the steam
calliope by Mrs. Lou Kruger of Boonville, Missouri. IHC exhibits,
tractors and machinery, trucks and engines were followed by the
steamers, horses, all other brands of tractors and machinery, cars
and trucks. The parade was long but each piece had a story to be
told and our announcers were very knowledgeable to boot. We were
there to put on a show and that we did! No one seemed to mind the
seemingly endless display and the crowd actually loved it.

You hear a lot these days about some clubs and shows having hard
times and I thought you would like to hear that after 25 years, and
even the 1988 drought, we the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine
Association of Boonville, Missouriare STILL GROWING STRONG! We had
a very successful show.

I saw three things wrong with this year’s show: #1 The wind
blew the feature tent down the first day; #2 The dust was really
bad; #3 The show was good, so good in fact it will be a tough act
to follow next year.

We are already gearing up for our 26th Action Show. Advance
Rumely steamers, Rumely-Allis Chalmers line tractors, and Witte
engines will be featured. We hope to see all of you September 7, 8,
9, and 10,1989.

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