49th annual Old Engine & Tractor Show will take place Aug. 3-5

July 13, 2023

Gene Duncil with his vintage Chevrolet truck, one of the featured items in this year’s show.

49th annual Old Engine & Tractor Show will take place Aug. 3-5

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

SCOTTVILLE — The 49th annual Old Engine & Tractor Show, presented by the Western Michigan Old Engine Club, will take place on Thursday, Aug. 3 through Saturday, Aug. 3. This year’s highlighted equipment will include Massey Ferguson and Massey-Harris tractors, McCormick-Deering stationary engines, and Chevrolet trucks. 

The show takes place on the show grounds at the Scottville Riverside Park, located along the Pere Marquette River. The Thursday and Friday shows will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Saturday show will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Daily events will include tractor and equipment exhibits, a tractor and equipment parade at noon and a flea market and swap meet. 

Other events include: 

  • Dead boat tractor pull, 5:30 p.m., Thursday
  • Horse pull, 6 p.m., Friday
  • Kids Day activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
  • Garden tractor pull, 10 a.m., Saturday
  • Antique tractor transfer sled pull, 3 p.m., Saturday
  • Doodle bug pull, 6 p.m., Saturday
  • Dead boat tractor pull, 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 6

Kids’ Day is Saturday.

Daily admission is $7 for adults, and free for children ages 12 and under. Thursday, senior citizens, ages 65 and older, are admitted for $5. 

On-site food, refreshments and snacks will also be available. 

Massey-Ferguson was established in 1953 through the merger of Massy-Harris of Canada and the Ferguson Company of the United Kingdom. . It was based in Toronto, then Brantford, Ontario, Canada until 1988 when the company transferred its headquarters to Buffalo, NY. It was then acquired by AGCO, owner of Allis-Chalmers. 

In 1847, Daniel Massey established the Newcastle Foundry and Machine Manufactory in what is now Newcastle, Ontario. The company made some of the world’s first mechanical threshers, which included assembling parts from the United States. His son, Hart Massey, renamed the company the Massey Manufacturing Co. In 1879, the company moved to Toronto. It merged with A. Harris, Son & Company in 1891 and formed Massey-Harris Limited, becoming the largest agricultural equipment manufacturer in the British Empire, making threshing machines and reapers and safety bicycles. 

Harry Ferguson (1884-1960) is noted for developing the modern agricultural tractor and its three-point linage system. His company, Ferguson-Brown, developed the Model A Ferguson-Brown tractor in 1930s. In 1938, Ferguson made an agreement with Henry Ford to produce Ferguson System Ford-Ferguson tractors using Ferguson’s self-regulating three-point hitch system, beginning with the Ford-Ferguson 9N tractor. In 1946, Ferguson and Ford parted ways. 

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