Hickory Ridge Farm History
This story is more about a place rather than a tractor. In 1980 a husband and wife decided to have an antique tractor show at their home. Just like any event the first was small but successful. The duo had a unique love and common hobby of antique farm equipment. Together Horrace and Norma Potter owned over 300 pieces! They easily could have shown their own equipment and had an amazing show, but they chose to open it up and share the hobby with other restorers.
Annual tractor show
The annual tractor show went on for 20 years in Milford, Delaware until the Potters hung up their hats in 2000. Now this is where two lives collide. In 1991 on the 10th annual Hickory Ridge Farm Show a 15 year old named Russell Geyer III started showing his own farm equipment. Russell showed equipment and participated in the tractor pull competition. Russell being a part of a farming family loved Hickory Ridge. Horrace taught him how to compete. Russell competed at Hickory Ridge for 4 years.
Purchasing and restoring antique farm equipment
After high school graduation he, like most graduates, joined the working class. In 2014 Russell purchased and restored a tractor his family bought new in 1963 which appeared in his wedding to his wife. In 2015 Russell and his wife began purchasing and restoring antique farm equipment. Again a husband and wife team up to rescue these long forgotten power houses. By 2018 the Geyer’s had 18 tractors. Nothing compared to the Potter’s but its a goal to work towards.
A new legacy
After Norma Davis Potter passed away in 2017 the farm was prepared for a new legacy and going up for sale. Friends of the family connected Russell with the Davis/Potter family and in October 2018 Mr. Geyer purchased Hickory Ridge. Vendors, tractors, and exhaust had not filled the show grounds in 20 years. Children had not ran through the property eating hot dogs. People from surrounding states had not taken in Hickory Ridge’s beauty. Russell remembers the smells, the roar of a tractor pulling a load down the track, the American flag whipping in the wind. Russell and his wife vowed to the family the show would come back to Hickory Ridge.
Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Club
On November 3rd 2018 the first Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Club held its meeting. Bylaws and rules were formed, positions were filled, and a sense of pride fell over the 5 members and even 2 junior members in attendance. The club is working hard to have the second Annual Hickory Ridge Antique Tractor Show in August 2019. We are looking for more members, including youth members, more vendors, and more sponsors. The family and club want the show to be just like it was. It was a place where history came alive, festivities were affordable, and memories could be made. Hickory Ridge is back and ready to get the show started!
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New T-Shirts Now Available
We are excited to announce the launch of our new apparel line. We are kicking things off with new exclusive Steiner t-shirts. Designed with a loose fit for the hot summer, our t-shirts are perfect for everyday wear or your next local tractor show. Add a pop of color and rock Steiner gear along with your tractor! Check back soon for more items as we continue to add to our apparel line. View Shirts >>
Curing Kids Cancer
We are proud to join Mecum Auctions in supporting the Curing Kids Cancer organization. Since 2012, Curing Kids Cancer and Mecum Auctions have raised more than $4 million to fund innovative research and treatments for pediatric cancers. This year, Steiner is providing the parts to restore a Farmall tractor that will be auctioned at the 2018 Iowa Premier. All proceeds will benefit Curing Kids Cancer.
For more information about the auction, click here.
“Government Contract, Glen Canyon
Dam and a Golf Course”
March’s featured photo was submitted by Judy Kitson. “This tractor is a 1951 UB Minneapolis Moline Industrial version, as can be seen by the dual tires and shifter for forward and reverse. It was made on a US government contract and still has the original government plates. The tractor was used by the bureau in building the Glen Canyon Dam that created Lake Powell. After the dam was built the tractor was purchased by the city of Page, Arizona and used on their golf course. When they finally parked it, it was picked up by Eugene Tucker at the city auction. He has since used it in the Page, Arizona annual tractor pulls in October. He and the tractor can be seen pulling on our website www.PageTractorClub.com in our cover photo. Eugene is one of the founders and the President of the Page Antique Tractor & Machinery Club – EDGE&TA br. 217.”
You can view all of the winning photos from
the 2018 Catalog Photo Contest here.
To see other winning photos that we have previously featured, click here.
In celebration of our 40th anniversary we are dedicating
this week to the wonderful customers that helped get us here.
We have exciting things planned for each day this week. Make sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates and keep an eye on your email for our big announcement!
Stop by our retail store this week and enjoy a free donut and coffee while you shop. Grab a slice of cake on Thursday and help us celebrate 40 years.
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My story started out supporting my husband with his love of tractor pulling. His first tractor, “Hot Stuff,” a single Allison Aircraft tractor. He did well with her and it was a great journey, which ended when he decided to sell it. He took “Hot Stuff” to his motor mentor, Wayne Longnecker, in Iowa. She got boxed up and sent to New York, then to its new owner in Finland.
But we weren’t done yet. Our Grandson, wanted to take his lawnmower to an area pull, at the ripe age of 4! Well that started the bug up again, and before you know it, Dawson, was competing with a Hot Stock tractor, named LiL Stuff. In the mean time Mike took the plunge and bought a Twin Allison tractor know as P38, owned by a dear friend, who had passed away, Dick Ziegler. Hot Stuff was reborn! Mike piloted it with great finesse. Dawson, was also doing great with his tractor.
On August 14, 2011 our lives changed. Mike had a heart attack at one of Dawson’s pulls. God had other plans, so now Mike coaches us from heaven. Dawson, won his first pull the day after Mike’s funeral! Grandpa, pushing him all the way. Several weeks later I made the decision to purchase a 4 cyl tractor that was for sale in our DGTPers group. Mama Stuff, is now my tractor! I have competed for 4 years now! And I finally feel the real passion Mike had when you hook up to a track and soar I know that! But Dawson, missed Grandpa too much he finished the season and made it another but has parked LiLStuff and gone onto baseball. He helps me when he can, but our lives change at an instant. Hot Stuff was sold and sadly doesn’t exist anymore. And now its time to sell LiLStuff, MamaStuff, is resting in the garage but come this Summer I’ll be back at it, Tractor Pulling!! It’s in my blood too!
New Auburn, Wisconsin
We’re hitting the road and heading to the largest gas tractor show in Michigan. This year they also have the honor of hosting the National Allis Chalmers “Gathering of the Orange” show. With four days of jam-packed fun, this show is one you won’t want to miss.
Stop by our table and pick up a copy of our 2017 catalog, or come visit us at our store in Lennon, less than 25 miles away.
Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor’s 43rd Annual Show
“Gathering of the Orange”
August 17th – 20th, 2017
-Tractor Pulls -Small Engines -Threshing -Steam Engines
-Machine Shop -Arts & Crafts -Tinsmith -Cross Cut Saw
-Crop Demos -Broom Making -Quilting -Flea Market
-Kids Crafts -Petting Zoo -Drag Saw -Shingle Mill
-Rock Crushing -Wood Working -Baling -Grist Mill
-Dynamometers -Souvenir Shack -Gang Saw -Blacksmith
-Handle Mill -Veneer Mill -Saw Mill -Engine Barn
-Food Vendors -Daily Parade -Fireworks -Tractor Raffle
-Basket Making -Wool Spinning -Live Bands -Bingo
For more details, please view our event page or www.MMOGTA.org