Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Power Association Show Report

| July/August 1990

TVPPA Historian, 101 South Main Street, Navarre, Ohio 44662

The August show, at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover, Ohio, brought to a close a decade which was a period of growth and excitement for our organization. The 80's brought us many special events and visitors, like Junior Christian's newly restored 110 HP Case, our 25th anniversary, John Deere's 150th display, a show featuring the Russell Co., and in 1989, the International Harvester Company. But just as important are our regular exhibitors, workers and membership who have helped to put on a quality show, rain or shine.

But enough for retrospect! The 1989 Dover Steam Show was billed as the year to feature the International Harvester line of equipment, to answer the battle call I suppose, considering John Deere had their line showcased in 1987 and the past merger with Case, a great deal of interest was generated.

The IHC line was well represented, from 3 steel wheeled Titans through their early IHC diesels and a handful of crawlers. Bill Ford, a retired Area Service Manager for IHC, served as guide and host in the IHC tent. We also were fortunate to borrow some of the amazing IHC collection of John McNanull including his wooden-geared grain binder for display.

Friday night was the antique tractor pull, with the John Deeres showing their muscle. The IHC's and other antique tractors, as well as a few steamers, showed why they also took the lion's share of the tractor market in years past.

Saturday night we had a full house as we all rested from our activities of the show day and enjoyed our Old Time Fiddlers' Contest. Sunday began with our church services before we started our Sunday show, and ended with our Grand Parade at 3 p.m., which ran almost two hours.