OREGON – Antique farm tractors and gasoline engines were featured at the 25th annual Antique Tractor Classic and Gas Engine Exhibit held at Oregon Park East as a part of the 2017 Autumn on Parade (AOP) activities Oct. 7.
In spite of some rain there were some 25 impressive tractors, implements and hit and miss gas engines in the show.
After a rainy morning it turned out to be a sunny autumn late afternoon to take the ninth annual tractor drive through downtown Oregon. Each Exhibitor was awarded a 25th anniversary dash plaque with the AOP Symbol.
WGN radio personality and nationally respected agricultural broadcaster Max Armstrong exhibited his 1953 Farmall Super M in the show His tractor will also appeared in the Harvest time Parade on Sunday. Currently Armstrong is Communications Director of Farm Progress Publications Company.
Winners at the 2017 AOP Tractor Classic and Gas Engine Exhibit were: 1st place, Dean Walker of Oregon with his 1950 WD Allis Chalmers ; Tom Brown, Oregon took second place with his 1949 G Allis Chalmers; and third place went to Carl Morris of Oregon with his 1955 Super 88 Oliver. Awards were made based on the ballots cast by the exhibitors.
The AOP Antique Tractor Classic Committee wishes to thank the following donors: Central Bank of Rochelle, sponsorship of the Max Armstrong Super M Farmall tractor at the Tractor Classic and the Grand Parade on Sunday afternoon. Thank you to Birkey's Farm Store of Polo, Blount International Equipment Company of Oregon, Holland and Sons of Oregon Ogle County Farm Bureau and Steve Benesh and Sons Quarry of Oregon for sponsorship of awards and raffle items at the Tractor Classic.