Antique tractor enthusiasts swarm 20 Lakes venue

Tractors parade down the main streed to the Twenty Lakes Antique Engine & Tractor Association grounds.

Tractors parade down the main streed to the Twenty Lakes Antique Engine & Tractor Association grounds.

By Steve Landon

Awakened in the spring from a long winter slumber the faithful tractor works tirelessly dawn to dusk tilling, planting, harvesting and delivering farm products to feed the masses. Since the first steam engine-powered tractor was introduced in 1868 these mighty machines have revolutionized farming. Each year thousands of antique tractor and engine enthusiasts gather to share their massive machines and love of history with young and old at events like the 31st Annual 20 Lakes Antique Engine and Tractor show held June 18-20.
Presented by the 20 Lakes Antique Engine and Tractor Association Inc., on club grounds, located four miles west of Harrison, the annual event featured a flea market, vintage hands on interactive displays for kids, a 4-H petting zoo, working engines, tractor parade, sawmill, blacksmith shop and more.
Thunderstorms expected for Saturday failed to materialize, instead clear blue skies with temperatures in the upper ’70’s greeted visitors who wandered the grounds to see powerful old engines in action, meet old friends and admire old tractors and vehicles while reminiscing about simpler times long ago.
For years the family garden tractor has been looked upon as the weak kid brother of the brawny farm tractor, however, these little guys have proven themselves time and time again. On lawns, gardens and small family farms they have plowed, mowed, tilled soil, planted and hauled heavy loads, some have even gone oval racing on various lawnmower racing circuits. This year the frisky little machines got their due when the club named them the “Featured Tractor”. Many current and forgotten names lined the display area, there were even a few custom designs in the bunch.
Bill Priestly of Marion and his wife Marylou brought an impressive collection of five Allis-Chalmers lawn and garden tractors from their collection. A unique custom called the “General” was decked out in old school military green. The top three garden tractor “Featured Tractor” show winners were; 1st place: Don and Mary Dakin, Jackson, Mich., – 1966 Allis Chalmers B-12. Second place -Carl Lounsbury, Harrison, Mich. – Economy Power King 2414. Third place -Dennis Reid. Farmington Hills, Mich. – 1964 Sears Suburban.
On the big tractor side of the show nothing could beat the Erskine Family of Harrison with their Farmall display. The big red tractors complete with American flags waving in the breeze were truly a sight to behold. The family has been showing the tractors for the last nine years.
Clare County 4-H ambassadors Cameron McGinnis and Katharina Jehnzen along with other 4-H members helped introduce youngsters to some furry friends in the 4-H Petting Zoo and took part in the tractor parade.
The tractor parade was once again a hit as displayers toured down the clubs main street. Thanks to the great weather tractor and engine entries were up this year as well as attendance.
Long time club member Floyd Moore of Harrison a member since the early years of the club was recognized for his many years of service to the group.
Another successful summer show behind them the club now sets their sights on their annual Engine Swap Meet September 24-26 at the club grounds.
Interested in becoming a member of the Twenty Lakes Engine and Tractor Association Inc. contact them at P.O. Box 845, Harrison, Mich., 48625 or call 989-539-5035, new members are always welcome.

Denis Reid of Farmington Hills, Mich.,  heads past announcer Dan Dysinger with his 12964 Sears Suburban

Denis Reid of Farmington Hills, Mich., heads past announcer Dan Dysinger with his 12964 Sears Suburban

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One Response to Antique tractor enthusiasts swarm 20 Lakes venue

  1. Diane Updyke Reply

    June 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I have several pieces of older farm equipment that we acquired in the 1970’s and they were old at that time. I wish to sell them if anyone in interested. I have pictures if anyone would be interested.
    My husband and I grew up in the Farwell area and now live south of Ionia in Sunfield, Michigan.

    If anyone is interested they may call me at 517-566-8821 and I can email pictures.

    Thank you

    Diane Updyke

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