Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Show

And you thought I was going to be at home blogging?  :-)
 Not a chance. 
 There is just something about old machinery, things that have served a purpose, that still do, even if it's just maintaining the values of a past generation.
You go to these events and there's hundreds of people. There's no trash laying on the ground;  everyone picking up after themselves.  Everyone is polite.  No one's pants are hanging down to their knees with their underwear on show. 
 Items from the past are on display and for sale, many with their own stories to tell.
The language spoken is English and the only flags you see are those of the United States.  No one is using the F-Bomb as a verb as family relaxed, played, laughed with their Dads and said Grace over a giant Pork Tenderloin sandwich.
 It's the hard won, and hard worked for, respect of those that understand a way of life that may be in the past, but can still be the benchmark of how they live their life today.
This is the world's largest antique engine and tractor show. Featuring Minneapolis Moline tractors and Illinois built engines, this show has about every type of tractor I've ever seen.

Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Show, in Portland, Indiana.
I loved this one which I called the Craftmatic Adjustable Tractor.
And then there were the more unusual ones.
Gas engines are like roaches you get one and they multiply.History, here in your backyard
With temps in the low 80's, some clouds and lots of trees for shade,  it was a great day to wander around. 
I just spotted a bike! A bicyle built for two.
OK, who is actually steering? (At which point, I saw this couple in their 80's on a golf cart.  The wife was driving.  She had red hair.)
Indiana manufactured steam engine.
I don't have a clue who this is, but he wanted his picture taken by the redhead.  We met some really fun people here today.
Indiana's own Heck-icopter.  It flew once, briefly in 1962 after the original Chrysler engine was removed so it would be a little lighter.  It's made out of mostly housing supplies and is probably the motor from a Cuisinart, I think.  I did not offer to take it around the patch.
Murphy's Law - no, you don't' want to buy one.  Though it might make a dandy greenhouse.
 
The area had 7 inches of rain the other night, a lot of the fairgrounds was so muddy it was impassable, and unfortunately, there were some lanes of tractors we couldn't walk to.
Say, another car is stuck.  Too bad we don't have something to pull it out .

Oh wait...
But we did see some unique ways to get around.  Vehicles of every shape, kind and size, and for all ages.
The King Midget Micro Car.  First on the cover of Popular Mechanics in 1951, it was advertised as the "500 pound vehicle for $500" you could build in your garage.
 

 
Paint flames on the side and you're good to go!
 A classic, even today.
This one is for Keads and Larry.
I remember this beauty from previous years. 

A warm but happy yellow Lab, enjoying some time in the shade. I packed us a picnic, ham sandwiches on homemade bread with watermelon and cookies.  But the Fest had all kinds of food from Indiana's famous tenderloin sandwiches to giant baked potatoes with everything but the kitchen sink on them.
For PA State Cop
And for Old NFO - the "Grey Man" Tractor
I could just watch this all day.
People had so many little creative tools, using the force of gas, motion and steam.

Yes, that's a tiny working cement mixer in the center.
You don't learn to do make things like this playing video games all day.
 (a miniature opposed  cylinder engine)


The  Maytag repairman is still standing around.
 That would be a "no"
Break time!  Partner In Grime is reconsidering his iced tea and is eyeing  my blue raspberry shaved ice.
You dispose of the trash, I'll meet you over by the "one armed man" bathrooms.
Then, it's time to head back to the crash pad in Indy after we wash up.  I know a little dog who will ready to see us, even if she got a nice walk today.
I think this day calls for an All American supper once we get back.
Cheeseburgers with grilled onions and home made fries.

We did bring home some of the  incredible "kettle korn" from Indiana Veteran owned  Mom N' Pops Kettle Korn, (momnpopskettlekornllc@gmailcom to bring some to your church, school, fundraiser, fair or fest.)  Not only was it the best I've ever had, the folks making it were so nice, making me a fresh hot bag, even though there were other bags pre-made on the table for those looking to grab-and-go. 
Best snack ever!
 
Thanks for sharing the day, but it's time to say goodnight.  Right now I have a sunburned nose,
 wild hair and "tractor butt",  but also a whole bunch of good memories.