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History Series: Buckley Old Engine Show

December 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)

In 1967, a group of fellows, in the northwestern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, stopped just talking about their old engines and antique equipment and decided to do something. They set a date; gathered up their old engines and equipment; and met at Joe Rebman’s farm to run them. The word quickly got out and many others gathered to watch. They all had such a good time that it was decided they should organize a non-profit club and make it an annual event. The club was named the Northwest Michigan Engine & Thresher Club and over time the annual event became known as the Buckley Old Engine Show. 

Today, each year the The Northwest Michigan Engine & Thresher Club puts on The Buckley Old Engine Show in Buckley, Michigan. With tens of thousands of attendees each year, the show pulls in vendors, enthusiasts, members and children. With a variety of events and demonstrations, there’s something for everyone!

Join us as members of the club show and tell their amazing history of this annual event through time.  Their book, just published in August will be available for purchase, perfect Christmas gift for your history buff or tractor aficionado.


You may also place a copy on hold today:

Buckley Old Engine show : a fifty year history

Summary: In 1967, three farmers hauled a 1928 Baker 25-50 hp tractor (also known as a 43-67hp after the Nebraska Test) from Oil City, Michigan to Buckley, Michigan on a flat bed truck. Then, they bought a 1925 Model L Rumley Oil Pull 15-25 hp tractor from a junk yard near Ludington, Michigan. Along with a 1913 Bull tractor one of the fellows happened to own, they decided to show off and have a tractor field day. They invited their neighbors and friends to come and show off their antique tractors and soon there was a yard full of men, women and kids milling about. Fifty years later, The Buckley Old Engine Show is one to the largest tractor shows in the country with well over 1,000 tractors and old engines all exhibited on 400-acre show ground in Buckley, Michigan. The Northwest Michigan Tractor and Thresher Club not only owns and exhibits their own farm equipment but also many privately owned rare tractors, threshers, and many steam powered items. They even display a steam powered bicycle. The show ground expansion now contains a town full of old time shops such as the print shop, the necessities building, the train depot, and many more. At some point, club members acquired a train engine and then another one, now restored to prime condition and operating on railroad tracks that wind through the property. This book contain color photos of many of the tractors on display at the Buckley Old Engine Show and chronicles the 50 year history of a group of guys who just wanted to show off some farm tractors.

Call Number: GEN 977.4 Buc


Source: https://catalog.tadl.org/main/details?id=48147187


December 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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