PO Box 104 Oakley, Michigan 48649
The 8th annual Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show was bigger and better than any year, with more exhibitors and visitors than any show before.
Friday, we got the show underway with a little threshing and stationary baling. Later in the afternoon we had a junior tractor pull for the younger members of the association. In the evening the new pavilion, (which was built in the spring, thanks to many club member man hours) was packed. Before the pavilion was built, we used to rent a tent, but it wasn't permanent. Now, we have electricity hooked up, before we had a tractor-powered generator.
Saturday broke cool and damp and the line for Fran Doty's home made pancake and sausage breakfast was long but well worth the wait.
Dick Watson and Barry Tyler brought Dick's nicely restored 6 HP Case portable steam engine to run the Koski brothers' drag saw that was run all day, much to the pleasure of the crowds. Bee Meyers had his 1929 Hart Parr 12-12 on his shingle mill putting out shingles as fast as he could for the crowd to take home. Jerry Payne from Montrose brought his 50 HP Case which was the first steam engine to be at our show and we dearly appreciate his support and helpfulness. We also thank Ed Hurd from Byron for bringing his 19 HP Port Huron steam engine and we thank all the steam boys for a job well done.
The tractor pull was an all day event that centered around all activities, Saturday and Sunday. In all, for 2 days, there were 127 tractors pulled in 4 classes: '39 and before, '40-'52 on Saturday; '52-'57 and steel wheelers tore the track up Sunday. It's a good thing we put our own scales in this year, they sure got used!
In the afternoon, the muzzle loaders from Chesaning put on a good show, which they do every year. Of course there was plenty of threshing going on with 6 threshing machines operating and 2 stationary balers keeping everyone busy. Bev and Lon Meyers from Henderson had their newly acquired 1895 10 HP Advance steam engine. It runs about everything on the show grounds including their early 1900's Sterling hand feed thresher and Bill Koski's 32'-54' Case separator. There also were a 22' Case, 24' Belle City, 28' McDeering and 28' Red River Special threshers. George Valentine had his IHC baler working and the Koski brothers had their big John Deere baler going which they had bought from George last year.
In all, Saturday there were over 200 gas tractors, 4 steam engines and many gas engines on the grounds. When the tractor pull was over at dusk, the pavilion doubled as a beer tent and the polka band came to life, playing 'til early morning.
Sunday morning it rained, but cleared by noon and the tractor pull and regular events got underway. Bob and Ethel Folton, from Oakley, served their famous chicken barbeque dinners which they do every year. Threshing was done with Don McNaughton's and Mike Holder's 30-50 Oil Pulls, both nice tractors. Ed Hansen from Greenville brought his rare Waterloo Boy tractor .
It was a very memorable show and I wish it could last all year but all good things must come to an end. A big thanks goes out to all that made the show a success those mentioned or not. The club is only 8 years old, but we now have our own 20 acres of show grounds with 5 acres of shade, and most important 91 hard working families. And we're growing more each year.
If you need more information write: Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association, Inc., Box 104, Oakley, Mich. 48649. Hope to see you at the show it's always held the third week in August.