2015-08-16 / News

Annual tractor show features Ford, Fordson and New Holland

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

BRADY TWP. – The Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association is in gear and ready to roll for the 41st Annual Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show Aug. 21-23 at the corner of Ferden and Brennan roads in Brady Township.

This year’s show features tractors built by Ford and Fordson, as well as New Holland tractors and equipment. Each year the Old Gas Tractor showcases a few tractor makes. But all old gas tractors are displayed; even those made overseas, including Australia.

Typically the event draws several hundred tractors and thousands of spectators.

The Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show has a great blend of antique farm equipment on display, tractor pulls throughout the day, and the crosscut saw contest on Sunday afternoon. Vintage equipment demonstrations show the way things used to be done, like threshing, hay baling, shingle & veneer cutting, blacksmithing, stone crushing, tractor plowing, broom making and see the sawmill in action. Check the show schedule for times.

Pioneer crafts, the Stoney River Riders 4-H petting zoo, the playground and the kids pedal pull (ages 4-7) are popular with children. Older kids can enter lawn mower tractor pull and junior tractor pull contests.

Those interested in home arts should visit the craft buildings to see handmade quilts, as well as knitted and crocheted items for purchase. There are handmade quilts on display and quilting demonstrations. The Brady 4-H Club tends a flower and vegetable garden for the show.

The flea market is expecting to draw more than 100 vendors this year. Vendors typically offer a wide assortment, like fun lawn decor, flags, t-shirts, jewelry, toys, books, tractor parts, antiques, and plenty of whatchamacallits.

Tractor pulls are the featured entertainment throughout the three day event. There are pulls for many different classes, including steel wheel tractors, youth tractor pulls, youth lawn tractor pulls, powder puff and open class for different classifications of tractors.

Several groups of musicians will be performing at the show. The Kentucky Strait Band is the feature act performing in the main pavilion at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday. The Mint City Jammers will be at the Founders Building 2-4 p.m. all three days. The Pilgrim Band will play in the Steam Barn 4-9 p.m. on Saturday. The Off the Wall band will be playing on the grounds 4-6 p.m. all three days.

Admission to the Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 13-18; and 12 and under are free. Senior citizen admission is $5 on Friday, and $10 on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, go online to www.mmogta.org.

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