Allis-Chalmers to be featured by Edwards River Antique Engine Association

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Threshing demonstrations at 1 p.m. are part of the entertainment offered at the annual Edwards River Antique Engine Association Show on Sept. 25 & 26.

Tractors, engines, equipment, tools farm and household items from the past and more will be on display at this year's annual Edwards River Antique Engine Association Show. Set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26 at the New Windsor Rodeo grounds. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults which includes a button, good for both days. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

New to the event this year is Tom Svem, a wheel wright from Wisconsin. "If you have a problem with some piece of equipment, you will probably find someone at the show who can help you," said organizer Dick McMeekan. This is a show that welcomes all makes, models, colors, sizes and conditions of tractors and equipment. Some of the engines will be operating, some will be in their original condition and others will be restored to better than new.

Both days will have a threshing demonstration at 1 p.m. and a parade of rust and smoke. On Saturday there will be tractor games including wagon backing, chain looping, slow race and blind-folded driver races. The kids will have pedal tractor pulls at noon on Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

At 9 a.m. Sunday a church service will be held, with tractor games following at 11 a.m. This is a family event. Food will be offered for breakfast and lunch both days. There will be funnel cakes, the Sherrard Athletic Boosters are bringing in "walking tacos" and the Viola Methodist Church will have homemade ice cream. There will also be a flea market under the shelter, with all vendors welcome. There is no charge for a space, or setting up.

"The show grounds has lots of shade and it makes a good place to spend the weekend," said McMeekan.

The goal of the Edwards River Antique Engine Association is to preserve the past and pass on to the younger generations the knowledge from the "old timers." Rope making demonstrations, a "bubble machine" will be provided by Gene Benson. At the close of the show Sunday, the drawing for the Allis-Chalmers pedal tractor will take place.

The Edwards River Antique Engine Association meets on the second Tuesday of the month, March through November, at the Viola Community Center.

John Wyant owns this 1937 Allis-Chalmers WC , the feature tractor at the Edwards River Antique Engine Assn. Show on Sept. 25 - 26.