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


| May/June 1989



M.R.S.E.A. bundle wagon

M.R.S.E.A. bundle wagon.

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.