Club to host National Garden Tractor Club
1000's of exhibits expected at Osgood
Location, location location, was
truly the story behind the Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America
coming to Osgood for their annual show.
They really liked the fact that the fairgrounds park was
in town, noted Chuck Heck, president of the Southeastern
Indiana F.A.R.M. Club. The F.A.R.M. Club will host the National
Garden Tractor Club of America at their Antique Tractor and Engine
Show June 26, 27, and 28 at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park
Heck, who has been working toward the goal of hosting the national
tractor club for three years, said he received a call this past
winter from them, saying, it looks like the fairgrounds
is right in town. Confirmation of that statement set the
wheels in motion, meaning the club, more than 1000 members strong,
will be setting up in Osgood.
Excited about the F.A.R.M. Clubs third year at Osgood, Heck
said the fairground park is a perfect place with lots of room
for the group.
This year they will also host The Hoosier Co-op Jamboree, which
will feature Co-op and cockshutt tractors and more. Heck said
they are expecting up to 1000 garden tractors alone, with numerous
other exhibits coming. The F.A.R.M. Club should have at least
200 tractors themselves, according to Heck.
Besides tractors of every variety, there will be steam engines,
threshing, hay baling, corn shredding, sawmill, shingle mill,
working blacksmith, and many other exhibits showcasing farming
and antique related equipment from days gone by.
The F.A.R.M. Club is a non-profit organization composed of over
300 members. About 30 active members meet monthly to plan events
such as the upcoming show at Osgood. Their purpose is to collect,
exhibit, restore and preserve equipment related to farming of
all sorts so it will retain its historical value.
Also a part of the club is to preserve the skills and knowledge
of operation. This is where the action comes in. There will be
exhibits showing how things were actually done years ago, such
as the blacksmith shop, hay baling and more.
New this year at the three-day event will be a parade on Saturday
at 2 p.m. It should be less than a mile long, Heck
noted, saying the parade of a variety of exhibits will wind along
Fairground Road. This is open to any exhibitor with the show who
wants to be a part of it.
While there is no general admission fee, this will be the first
year the group will charge a parking fee. A $2.00 charge will
be asked of each vehicle to park with part of the money going
to the local Fraternal Order of Police, who will be assisting
with the parking.
The three days will be action packed with pedal pulls for children,
a Sunday morning church service, Tradin Post
consignment area, swap meet, antique and flea market, crafts,
bluegrass and more. Friday nights entertainment will feature
Barnstormin Bluegrass Band from 6-8 p.m. On Saturday, Lonesome
Highway will perform from 1-4 p.m. with Common Ground taking the
stage from 6-8 p.m.
There will be antique tractor pulls, garden tractor pull, and
much more including great food, Amish homemade ice cream and the
F.A.R.M. clubs famous kettle cooked bean soup.
For general information about the event you can contact Heck at
812-926-3654; for information about the tractor pulls contact
Kevin Menchhofer at 812-756-0158; camping question can be directed
to Greg Edwards at 812-926-1388. Vendors can contact Chris Schmaltz
at 812-654-3949 or Dawn Dieckmann at 812-852-2660.
The club invites the community to come to this event, kick back,
relax, and enjoy seeing exhibits that are fading fast from the