Old Engine Club preps for 45th show
SCOTTVILLE — The rumble of engines can already be heard throughout Riverside Park as members of the Western Michigan Old Engine Club rev up for the 45th annual Old Engine and Tractor Show.
The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Scottville’s Riverside Park, before coming to a close at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Western Michigan Old Engine Club President Ed McCumber and public relations director Doug Rollenhagen said the show will offer visitors a “hodgepodge” of activities for engine and mechanics enthusiasts, history buffs and kids of all ages.
The four-day show is the largest annual event for the Western Michigan Old Engine Club, and McCumber said he hopes people will turn out to have fun and experience a part of Mason County culture that even long-time residents might have missed.
“This is kind of a hidden gem of Mason County. People drive by, and they may see the sign, but some just don’t even realize that it’s here,” McCumber said.
He attributes this in part to the location of the grounds. The club’s grounds are nestled in a 24-acre area behind Riverside Park. Once you reach the grounds, however, there will be plenty of sights and sounds visitors won’t want to miss.
“It’s going to be a good show. We’re going to have fun,” McCumber said. “Lots of tractors, lots of displays and lots of stuff for people to see.”
The featured tractor for this year’s exhibit is International Harvester and Cub Cadet — essentially a two-for-one, according to Rollenhagen.
“Cub Cadet is made by International Harvester, so it’s really like having two featured tractors,” he said.
“People can expect a lot of pre-1960 tractors,” Rollenhagen said. “We also have what they call hit-and-miss engines. When people first started modernizing these things, they would buy one of these little hit-and-miss engines and they could run their water pump, the generator for their lights, milking equipment and other things.”
The Western Michigan Old Engine Club’s 45th annual Engine and Tractor Show is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Scottville’s Riverside Park
Entry is $6 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger
Senior day is Thursday; admission will be reduced to $5 for those 65 and older
Kids Day is Saturday, with kids activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See the full story and photos in Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions.