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Riverbend Show: Antique tractors, steam engines take you back in time

The Holland Sentinel • Jul 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM

ALLENDALE TWP. — Take a step back in time via the Riverbend Steam and Gas Association's 48th annual antique tractor and steam engine show Thursday through Saturday, July 14-16.

The show features a large variety of vintage tractors, engines, steam engines and machinery that were a common sight in the Michigan countryside during the early 20th century.

All the equipment on display will be operating. Steam engines will be puffing away as they power various machines. Numerous antique tractors, some with steel wheels, will be seen with the names of familiar makes like Allis-Chalmers, John Deere, Farmall, Oliver, Ford, Rumely Oil Pull, Case and Minneapolis-Moline.

Vintage kerosene and gasoline engines will be running, some of them powering old water pumps, corn shellers, grinders and other machines. Old garden tractors, vintage walk-behind tractors and antique tools will also be on display.

Various machines will be in operation including a sawmill, threshing machines, antique hay baler, shingle mill, Baker Fan, the 40-horsepower Franklin Valveless engine with 6-foot flywheels, a planer and an edger to square off rough-sawn lumber. A prony brake will also be set up for exhibitors to test the horsepower of their tractors.

An antique tractor pull will be held at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. A radio-controlled miniature airplane show will also be held at 7:15 p.m. Friday. A kids’ pedal tractor is taking place 11 a.m. Saturday.

A food tent will be open, with homemade ice cream for sale. Live music will be playing on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and many items will be for sale at the flea market. Kids can also play in the straw pile.

The Coopersville Farm Museum will have a display tent set up, featuring exhibits from the museum.

In addition, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a garden tractor pull will be held.

Other events will include a tractor parade at 1 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

The show is at the Lee Scholma farm, 1.5 miles south of M-45 on 56th Avenue in Allendale Township. Admission is $5 for adults, with children younger than 15 free. A weekend pass is available for $9.

For more information, visit riverbendshow.com.

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