Annual International J. I. CASE HERITAGE EXPO


| January/February 1989



Steam traction engine

Co-Chairman, Communications J. I. Case Heritage Foundation 200 East Melbourne Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20901

Carl Tuttle, right, of Howell, MI, brought this 30 HP steam traction engine the last one built by the J. I. Case Company in 1910to the 1988 Expo. At throttle this trip through the Kinzers show grounds was Don Messing of Lodgepole, NE.

An old adage says: 'When it rains, it pours!' At Kinzers, Pennsylvania, on August 20the final day of this year's four-day 2nd Annual International J. I. Case Heritage Exposition, it did rain and it poured. But, what happened couldn't detract from what was, for most of those who participated in this event, a totally rewarding experience. And, remarkably, the crowds of people kept coming in the rain. In fact, persons involved in the parking of cars reported in amazement that as the parking fields grew soggy, people were asking for tractor assistance to pull their cars into parking spaces

'They saw the mud, but that didn't stop them,' a member of the show committee for the hosting Rough and Tumble Engineers' Historical Association reported. 'I've never seen anything like it.'

The first three days of the show brought out such great and enthusiastic crowds from all over the continent and from as far away as Australia that it was hard to believe so many dreams could be coming true at one time. Literally thousands of people lined the fence around the enclosure which serves as the outdoor stage for Kinzers' daily 'Pageant of Threshing' on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Then, on that rainy Saturday, in spite of the weather, people came to Kinzers in droves and many of them obviously were determined to enjoy themselves no matter what. The big closing day parade, the 'Pageant of Threshing' and other outside, unsheltered events had to be cancelled; but under the Case Expo Tent and in the many other exhibit structures on the grounds, the crowds found protection from the weather and interesting things to watch and talk about. At times when the rain slackened, they were outside again, slogging through the puddles and the go to see as much as they could see. And, there was plenty to see at this year's Expo: