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Hickory Ridge Farm Tractor Show

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.

Hickory Ridge Tractor Show

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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March Featured Photo

“Government Contract, Glen Canyon
Dam and a Golf Course”

Featured Photo

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 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.




Northern Antique Power Club 2017 Show

We would like to thank everyone at Steiner Tractor Parts for being a partner in our show. We had our most successful show ever this year. And again this year our pullers and tractor displayers were excited to see the 2017 Steiner Catalog.

I have enclosed a few pictures from our show. We displayed our Steiner banner at our antique tractor pull arena. We had a lot of comments from the pullers about how they loved Steiner’s service and shipping (personally I know that my husband loves to order enough to get the free hat when they are being offered).

Thank you again for your support of our show. The hats, t-shirts, funnels, little bottle opener guys and the candy were, as always, a big hit.


Charly Baron
Secretary, Northern Nevada Antique Power Club


Oakley Show & “Gathering of the Orange”

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


First State Antique Tractor Club Show

The First State Antique Tractor Club, Inc. held it’s 17th annual show on June 16th & 17th at the Ross Mansion, in Seaford, Delaware.  The featured tractors, this year, were Farmall and International.

There were activities for the entire family that included live music, kid’s pedal tractor pull, flea market, food vendors, ace painting, and crafters. The Delaware State Police had a K-9 demonstration and fingerprinting for child safety. The club awarded  four, $1000.oo scholarships, to graduating students, enrolling in college this fall and studying agriculture. Admission and parking were free.

For additional information, please visit our website:

Thank you to Steiner Tractor Parts for their support, supplying hats, t-shirts and goodie bag items.

Cow Tales for Clubs

Goetze’s Candy, a 127 year old Baltimore based US business, is teaming up with Steiner Tractor Parts and supply a 75 count tub of mini Cow Tales for each of the tractor clubs (up to 400) participating in our club outreach program.  This retail tub can be used for a prize or a game by the clubs, as a giveaway item for exhibitors or guests or for a sweet refreshment at registration or any area of the show.  Last year, Goetze’s Candy also joined in supporting our tractor club outreach program and we are so happy they are on board for another year.

Learn more about Goetze’s Candy Company

Find out where to buy Cow Tales

It’s not too late to sign up for our tractor club outreach. Make sure that only one representative from your club submits a form.  Download the form or see information about our tractor club program.

Don’t forget to look for a few cow tales in your next package from Steiner Tractor Parts!

Tractor Club Support


2016-tractor-show-statsThis Summer, Steiner Tractor Parts supplied materials to over 325 tractor clubs across the United States.

We are very grateful for the opportunity to be involved with so many great tractor shows and look forward to helping keep the old iron tradition alive.

Take a look at our infographic to the left to see a break down for this year.

If you have a tractor club that would like our help go to our tractor club page for more information and an application for the 2017 show season. Items are given on a first come basis so make sure to get your form submitted early.

Check out some footage that Suzette took while traveling to some tractor shows throughout the midwest. More videos coming soon!

On the Road with Rachel: Michigan’s Largest Tractor Show

Over the weekend I visited the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association’s show in Oakley, Michigan. This show is the largest tractor show in Michigan.

All colors of tractors are welcome. Hundreds of tractors were on display. Here are a few highlights:

Everyone can appreciate a nice row of John Deere tractors–Dubuque built tractors as well as new generation tractors.


I think I saw more pulling tractors at this show than any other tractor show I’ve been to! I wish I could have seen more of them pull but due to my schedule I could only see a handful actually pull.


I can’t think of a single tractor brand that I didn’t see. Here are a few pictures of the less common brands:
Silver King

Eagle and Huber (commonly recognized Case and JD tractors between)


John Blue

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Chamberlain (a first for me)

A few people were droolling over this perfectly restored Farmall 400:


I had to chuckle at the exhaust on this tractor


and the ingenuity of the cab on this tractor.



It’s always fun to see harvesters like this mounted New Idea corn picker


and this combine in great original condition.


Shows are a great opportunity to also see the really old tractors operating, like this Rumley:



Below are a few more tractor pictures to enjoy:

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If you’re looking for a new show to attend, be sure to add this show to your list next August!

Painting Tractors

Check out this painter, Charles (Chuck) Freitag! He’s my favorite tractor artist, and for good reason!

I met up with Chuck earlier this summer. We’ve been working together for a while now (Chuck is the artist behind the Oliver fabric that my mom and I produced), and it’s always fun to see him in person!


There are three things that make me a huge fan of Chuck’s work:

1. His attention to detail. Chuck really loves tractors, and it’s apparent in his art. He works hard to get all the little details right. His paintings aren’t just of generic tractors in a field – they are specific tractors, accurate down to the smallest details.


2. His focus on happy farm memories. Chuck’s artwork is full of family scenes. Chuck grew up on a family farm in Iowa. He has a firsthand understanding of farm life, and his artwork reflects people working hard and having fun alongside their families (and favorite tractors). I love it!


3. He’s a really fun guy to be around! I’ve enjoyed getting to know Chuck over the years. He’s been painting for 25 years and certainly knows his stuff, but he’s very approachable and fun to be around. Chuck still lives in Iowa. He’s married and is the father of 6 children.


If you’d like to see more of Charles Frietag’s work (or purchase a print for yourself), check out his website!


Binding Wheat for the Show

The binder is a model M. 10ft pro model binder. The wheat was so thick we had to clutch the JD 60 through the field to bind this wheat as low gear was too fast. It was pitched on wagons and will be stored inside until  the August show. We will then thrash wheat with an oil pull Rumely tractor and Case thrasher at the tractor show for all to see. The show will be held on the Griff Mallack farm, Indianola Nebraska on August 14th, 2016. Heritage-Antique-Tractor-Club-1

Heritage Antique Tractor Club
McCook, Nebraska