Oklahomans Host First J. I. Case Exposition at Pawnee

| January/February 1987

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One of America's premier steam and gas shows, the Oklahoma Steam and Gas Threshermen's Association's annual event at Pawnee, will host the first International J. I. Case Heritage Exposition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1-3, 1987.

Announcement of the Pawnee Show's selection was made by Jim Briden, who is a leading light at the annual Western Minnesota Thresher's Reunion at Rollag and is heading up the recently formed International J. I. Case Heritage Steering Committee.

'For this first Case Expo, we're planning the greatest ever gathering of Case steam engines, tractors, machinery, collectors and people from all over the United States and Canada,' Pawnee spokesman Kenneth Kelley reported. 'We're going to have the finest Case show in history next May, and we want everybody to come to Oklahoma to enjoy this first of what all of us hope will be a long line of great international celebrations of the J. I. Case Heritage.' The Oklahoma Association has been busy lining up special attractions for the 1987 event. Already corralled is George W. Hedtke's one and only existing boiler from the long-extinct 150 HP J. I. Case road locomotive. The boiler will make a rare visit away from its home base at Hedtke's Hickory Oaks Farm near Davis Junction, Illinois. But, even without 'extras' being planned for 1987, the Pawnee show already routinely puts on one of the nation's best yearly 'living and moving' exhibitions of America's agricultural heritage.

'Just for starters,' noted W. C. 'Chady' Atteberry of the Oklahoma group, 'we have the full line 'from the biggest to the smallest' of J. I. Case steam traction engines. We have 18 Case steamers based right at Pawnee, so we don't even have to haul them in; and we hope to have 25 or more on hand for the 1987 Case Exposition.

'We'd really like to see Case steam and gas engines, Case cars and Case machinery coming into Pawnee from every state in the U.S. and all of the provinces of Canada,' Atteberry added. 'Everybody's welcome in Pawnee, where we like people and always have a good time at our show.'