JULY 2011



All members are encouraged to help get the show grounds and equipment prepared for our July Show on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th.  Tom Swanson is also planning to be at the grounds during the week of the show (July 11th – 14th).  Any help and time that you can spend either on the weekend or through the week will be appreciated.  Please help out….there is a lot to do to get ready for the show!



More gas tractors were produced by Ford in 1923 than all of the steam engines made in the previous half-century.


Our “feature reporters” are taking a break from their news this month to get ready for the show.  They will be back next month with their monthly reports and articles.



Thanks to everyone who helped install the new water tank along the railroad tracks; who sprayed the weeds around the tracks, trees and buildings; who helped cut, bind, and shock the wheat (it was a huge and hot job!) and mowed the field in the new parking area.  Also thanks to John Ohls who is currently painting the windmill and John Dillman who cut the tree down by the railroad tracks.  Everything is looking great!



Gale Cunningham from “WIXY Classic Radio” – 99.1 FM will be broadcasting from the show on Friday, July 15th.  Gale travels to County 4-H Fairs in both Illinois and Indiana and to other special events around the area. Tune in to WIXY and listen to the great old Classic Country-Western Music!


NEW – TRACTOR OLYMPICS with Local Celebrities will be held on Saturday, July 16th at 10:00 A.M.


Then, also on Saturday around 10:00 A.M. the Studebaker Club along with the Model T’s Plymouths, and other antique cars will be arriving at the show grounds.  It is quite an impressive sight to see them driving in together! 





Grandparents and parents, shine up those pedal tractors and bring them to the show on Sunday, July 17th, along with your favorite boys and girls for the Second Annual Kiddie Tractor Parade!  Registration will be in the morning with the parade starting at 1:00 P.M.  Be sure to bring your cameras…’ll be fun for the whole family!  WHPO Radio from Hoopeston, Il. will be broadcasting at 1:00 P.M. on this day.



Ford – Ferguson – New Holland – Shepard


Tell your friends & family to get their tractors, gas engines, implements, toys and hobbies and bring them to the show!  They do not have to be restored to exhibit them.  We want all makes and models.  Lets have some fun  -‘cause it’s -  SHOW TIME!!!!



A reminder that Tom Nickle and Art Petty need volunteers to help at the gate!  There will be a sign-up sheet in the clubhouse.  Or, you can call Tom at 765-585-8371 or Art at 765-294-2301 to let them know when you’d like to work.  We need a lot of helpers here…….

both men and women on all three days.  Donna Starry and Donna Lechlitner also need volunteers to help with the pies.  Call Donna at 765-762-1443 and let her know when you can help.  (Let’s not discriminate, men and boys can help here to.  Don’t worry, they won’t make you wear an apron!)



I’d like to thank everyone for their kind words, calls and cards on my brother Al’s passing on Father’s Day and for Terry’s stay in the hospital.  We are blessed with some terrific friends and family.  We love you all! 

Thanks again, Anne Bodine



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2012 SHOW - JULY 21ST, 22ND & 23RD




                                  SHOW TIME


                    Power show time is drawing nigh,

                         Still lots of work to be done, oh my.

                         Come and help, if you can,

                         There is a job for every lady and man.


                         There is painting and cleaning, lots to get done,

                        When we’re all together, it’s so much fun.

                         If you have some extra time, even an hour or two,

                        Come to the grounds and join the crew.


                        So many hard workers, with talents galore,

                        Each year they give of their time and much more.

                        To make the show a great success,

                        The Illiana Power Assoc. members are the best.


                        By:  Carolyn Swanson
























_____1.  CAMPING: The camping spaces are very limited.  Check with John Carrell at

765-793-3282.    Camping fee is $25.00.

_____2.  PIE BOOTH:  Please donate four pies (cakes, cookies, cobblers, etc. are

               welcome).  Mark the items on the cover to make it easier for the person

               cutting it into pieces what flavor desert it is.  REMEMBER:  NO DESERTS

               THAT  REQUIRE REFRIGERATION.  Donna Starry & Donna Lechlitner are

               in charge and will need volunteers to help in the pavilion.  Let’s help them for

               an hour or two.

_____3.  FLOWERS:  Please loan us your pots of plants or flowers to set around the

               grounds.  It always looks so nice to have pots “sprinkled” around the exhibits

               and it makes our show grounds one of the prettiest in the country!

_____4.  GATE HELP:  Again we stress the importance to sign up to work the gate.

               Tom & Art need all the help they can get.  It’s fun meeting and talking to the

               people attending the show …it’s interesting to find out where they have traveled

               from.  We will have the “Treasure Hunt Game” available for the children to

               play during the show along with the show programs to pass out.

_____5.  P.A. SYSTEM:  Kenny Short will be announcing events over the P.A. system.

               If there is an announcement of interest to you, please let Kenny know.  Contact

               Kenny at: 765-583-2991 or e-mail at:

_____6.  TAG SALE:  If you have an item for the sale please bring it to the show

               grounds at least a day or more before the show.  Kenny Evans and Carol Stout

               will be in charge of the sale this year.

_____7.  CHURCH SERVICE:  Plan to attend the church service on Sunday morning at

               8:00 A.M.  It will be held in the Ladies Pavilion.  Larry Sims – Preacher.

_____8.  SELL THOSE RAFFLE TICKETS:  We have some nice prizes.  All misc.

               donations of items for the raffle will be appreciated.  Let’s make some money!

_____9.  FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER:  Monique Fontaine has generously offered to cook

               a Ham & Bean dinner again this year for members, exhibitors and vendors. 

               Terry & Don Bodine will cook some sweet corn & potatoes with the steam

               engine and Kathy Olin will mix up some of her famous Cole Slaw.  Don

               Evans has scheduled the Bismark Illinois High School Jazz Band to entertain

               around 7:00 P.M.  This group is quite famous in the area with an outstanding

               drummer.  They play all sorts of music besides jazz.

____10.  EXHIBITORS:  All exhibitors need to un-load at the west end of the west

               parking lot and drive along the side of the R.R. tracks to the north-east corner by

               the saw mill.  Empty trailers will be stored in the same west parking lot.  New

               gate entry will be on the east side of the show grounds.          








The Rocky Forge group will meet at Ted’s shop on July 9th.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available after 8:30 and we’ll have a short meeting starting promptly at 9:00.  After the meeting the forges can be started and we can forge until noon.  There is plenty of metal to play with so just bring your bucket of favorite tools.  Carol will cook hamburgers so if you bring a covered dish to pass, we should have a good lunch.  After lunch we will load our sign, anvils, forge blowers, etc. and take them to the Illiana Steam and Power show grounds and proceed to begin the setup for the show.  The Illiana Antique Power Show will be July 15th, 16th and 17th at their show grounds north of Attica on Highway 41 to the Rainsville road, then turn east and go about 1.5 miles to the show grounds.  This is an important event for the Rocky Forge group so I encourage all our members to participate for the weekend show.  There will be a free dinner Friday evening with entertainment (free will offering for the entertainment).  Bring iron in the hat for the July 9th meeting.  See you all then.

Submitted by:  Ted Stout











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