The Mid Michigan Madmen bar stool races just ended but you are not too late for the modified tractor pulls today as well as bean soup, 100 antique tractors, vendors, chainsaw art, kiddie pulls and educational tractor runs and water and corn husking displays. The weather is beautiful! Come to the tractor show 5 miles north of Frankenmuth and stay for the pulls
We al have our own reasons as to why we love our old tractors. It may be meories, history, the raw power of a machine molding the earth, or just owning something old and making it still run.
Our visitors come because they think old tractors might be something neat. But they seldom know why. . . They have never heard the distinctive sound a tractor makes. They haven’t seen the beauty of a working or moving tractor. They don’t know of the many lugs, attachments, or PTO assemblies. They need to know how and where a tractor was used. Why is it different from other tractors? What makes yours unique? Oh yes, and how old is it? Who owns it? Does it still work? Is that the correct color that it was painted?
It is one thing to just park our tractors in a ine and put a sign on them of how old it is and who owns it. But to our visitors, it just isn’t interesting enough. We want our visitors to HEAR how each tractor sounds and see it move (run). We want an announcer to describe each running tractor to our visitors.
Therefore, we will have a series of TRACTOR RUNS at our tractor show during the Gera Old Tractor Days. Our run lane will be from west to east in the lane between the fence in front of the bleachers and the cement barriers of the pull track. Each run will consist of 8 – 10 tractors that will go one at a time down the lane in low gear to let the visitors HEAR how it sounds. It will then stop in front of the bleachers and idle while the announcer describes it. After which th tractor is driven down the lane and back to its parking space while the next tractor in the run comes down the lane. This will continue until all the tractors in that run are through. After which the visitors can go over to see their favorites and talk to the owner.
There will be 8 runs at this show. Saturday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Also, Sunday at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 4pm. You may enter a tractor into as many runs as you wish, or you may enter a different tractor in each run. Please be there if you have signed up for a run.
Each tractor must have an information sheet filled out and given to the announcer before a tractor is allowed into the run event.
To register for a tractor run, please see a member of the Gera Old Tractor Days at the registration booth at the tractor show. We look forward to seeing you there and hope that our exhibitors and visitors like the tractor runs this year. Let us know what you think of this new show feature in the comments.
We are getting so excited! The show is only a few days away and only 2 days until the Auction gets under way. Here’s an early list of some items we have. In addition to these, we also have a number of donated items from local business. There truly is something for EVERYONE. Please come out and support the club and you could walk away with some awesome auction items!
Consignment: Gene Hecht
* Field Cultivator #45 Vibershank 18.5 FT
* Horse Drawn Mowing Machine
Consignment: Gene Reinbold
* John Deere 3 Pt – 3 Bottom 16″ Plow
Consignment: Vern Notestine
* 1953 Farmall Super C WF with extra wide woods 76″, belly finish mower, remote hyd, fenders, 12 volt, nice finish, runs good
Donate: Ernie Heinlein
* wood bagging elevator 5 ft
Hello – Don’t forget we have a meeting tomorrow night at the Gera Bar around 6:30pm. We’d love to see everyone there as this is our last scheduled meeting before the show. Meet us for pizza and discussion!
The regular April meeting of the Gera Old Tractor Club will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at the Gera Bar.
Pizza will be served.
Have you been to one of our auctions? This event has been growing every year. It is just a GREAT way to kickoff the show weekend. You can donate OR consign items to be auctioned. Last year we had 2 tractors auctioned off at the show, lots of toy tractors, collectibles as well as gift certificates to local businesses. Please contact Robert Rohloff at 989-737-2277 to have your items listed. The sooner we know about your items, the more advertising we can do! We’ll be posting an auction list as soon as it is available. Also, bidders, don’t miss this auction. It is an eclectic mix of items of interest to our local community.
Here’s my own personal weird loot from the auction last year. The fire extinguishers might be getting donated back for this year’s auction. They are too much of a project to take on.
We got some cool tractor toys, and not shown in the photo is $50 worth of gift cards to local businesses like the Frankenmuth Brewery.
Don’t miss out, we hope to see you here Friday, June 14th at 6pm!