ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW TO FEATURE CASE
Hickory Corners, MI - The Gilmore Car Museum will once again be the home of one of West Michigan’s premier antique farm tractor and machinery shows. The 28th annual KALAMAZOO VALLEY ANTIQUE TRACTOR, ENGINE, AND MACHINERY SHOW will take place Friday through Sunday, June 22rd – 24th, 2007. Several hundred antique and vintage tractors of all makes will take over the grounds at the Museum with numerous vendors offering antiques, crafts and tractor and engine parts. This year’s special features include vintage Garden Tractors, Wisconsin-built engines, Fire Trucks and the Case Collectors Summer Expo.
In 1842, Jerome I. Case started his company by making crude threshing machines in Racine, Wisconsin. In 1869, the firm produced its first steam engine and by 1886 had become the world’s largest manufacturer of steam engines. The first Case farm tractor appeared in 1892 and they even produced the Case automobile from 1911 – 1927. In fact, in 1911 three Case automobiles were entered into the very first Indy 500 race with one of those occupying the pole position. Today Case IH continues to be a leader in the farm equipment industry worldwide.
The Kalamazoo Valley show has become a very popular family event, and features a kids’ pedal tractor pull, daily tractor parades, tractor games and demonstrations, as well as a large antique and craft market. Seeing the vintage steam engines, powering threshing machines or enjoying watermelons sliced on a steam sawmill are always show highlights.
Special discounted event admission is $8.00, with those under 11 admitted free. Guests will be able to tour the world-class collection of nearly 200 extraordinary vehicles in Gilmore Car Museum at no extra charge. The Museum is located midway between Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Battle Creek, on M-43 and Hickory Road, north of Richland.
For more information on showing a tractor or being a vendor at the event, please contact Tom Welch at (269) 668-2572.
To learn more about the Gilmore Car Museum visit: www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org or call the Museum at 269-671-5089.