Newsletter / Apr – Jun 2019


April 20th, 6:00 pm
May 18th, 6:00 pm
June 15th, 6:00 pm

Location: Lion’s Club House, 420 6th Ave., Three Rivers, Mi.

The feature tractor for the 59th annual tractor show in 2019 will be Rumley and Allis Chalmers.


Clean-up for the swap meet will be Saturday, April 27th . If needed, it will be continued on the 28th. We will have a pot luck meal on Saturday at approximately 12:30 pm. Bring a dish to pass. We need people for yard clean-up, mowing, weed whacking, staking out food shop parking, cleaning food shop, placing picnic tables, etc. Please come and help even if for a couple hours.

SWAP MEET: May 3rd and 4th


2019 bridge crossing date is Sept. 6th. Contact Terry Bowlby for information: 269-476-2724. Some new rules are in place for Buddy Riders. You can sign up on line:


Three Rivers Water Festival parade, June 13th.

Step-off at 7:00 pm. Storm date June 14th. The club pays the entry fee of $20.00, due by May 17th. Parade is limited to the first 80 entries received. Application form (one per club needed) is on line at Must pick up parade entry confirmation at the Chamber between June 3rd and June 7th.

Constantine July 4th parade.

2019 agenda is not available on their website. Check on line at

Sturgis electric parade, June 28th.

Line up is 8:00 pm and step-off is 9:30 pm. Rain date is June 29th at 5:00 with line up at 3:30. Entry must be lit. They suggest a book theme. Check their website or Send an email to A form (one per club) is on their web site and is due before June 17th. No charge for entry.

White Pigeon parade, June 28th.

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE. Line-up 5:30 pm at the High School – enter only from Laird St off US 12. Can pre-register. Step-off 7:00 pm. Must have insurance paper signed. Form (not sure if it’s one per club) can be found at Click on red “2019 WP days parade”.

Mendon Riverfest parade, Aug. 18th at 10:30 am.

Line up starts on Burr Oak St. For more info, check website at

Centreville Covered Bridge Days parade, July 13th.

Line up 3:00 pm, step-off is at 4:00 pm. Theme is Christmas in July. Parade form is available (assuming it is one per club) due back by June 7th, at

Burr Oak Heritage Days parade, July 27th usually at ll:00 am.

More info will be in the July newsletter.


IHC or Pay Pac silo filler preferred. Contact Fred Henningsen, 269-625-1203.


Long time member, JoAnn Webster, is having an auction May 4th at 9:00 AM, 7632 Garden Lane, Portage, MI. Among items are several tractors, 35 gas hit & miss engines. Check Hahn Auctioneers website for more info.

Newsletter / Jan – Mar 2019


Sunday, January 20th, 2:30 pm
Sunday, February 17th, 2:30 pm – Bake Sale! Bring your goodies/craft items
Sunday, March 17th, 2:30 pm

Location: Lion’s Club House, 420 6th Ave., Three Rivers, Mi.

The feature tractor for the 59th annual tractor show in 2019 will be Rumley and Allis Chalmers.


Our meetings will be cancelled if, on that day, the State or County closes roads due to weather conditions. Club officers have the option to cancel a meeting due to bad weather even if the roads aren’t officially closed. If you have questions call Tim Rossman 269-651-4878 or David Machan 269-625-7232.


We now have an empty spot on the show grounds where the boiler was.  It was too costly to repair.  If anyone has replacement suggestions/display items, bring it up at a meeting or let an officer know about it.


Our active members are getting older and not able to do as much. Please consider helping with even one event in some way even once a year. We will need someone to mark vendor spaces for the show in August. Mary will be there to guide. The pie shop can almost always use help for both the swap meet and show. There are many other chores at both the swap meet and show. See April’s newsletter for more on this.


Dues are $1.00 for children 17 years and under and $8.00 for all others. We operate on a calendar year basis for dues. They can be paid by mail or at meetings. If we haven’t received your dues for 2019 by April 1st you will not receive future newsletters. You must be a paid up member to vote.

To pay dues by mail, make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association and mail it to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, Mi. 49120.


To place a sale item in the newsletter, contact Judy Hollister at the above address or by the website Contact form or phone 269-683-9537.

Newsletter / Oct – Dec 2018


Saturday, October 20th 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 17th 6:00 pm
Christmas Party Saturday December 1st 6:30 pm
Lions Club House,
420 6th Ave., Three Rivers, Mi.

The feature tractor for the 59th annual tractor show in 2019 is Allis Chalmers and Rumley. Show dates are August 2, 3 and 4.


will take place at the October meeting. Your dues must be current to vote.


Following our November regular meeting we will have our annual fall bake
sale. Bring craft items, baked goods, etc. to be auctioned.


We will celebrate the holidays together December 1 at 6:30 at the Lion’s club house. Bring your own plates/silverware and a dish to pass. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a gift for a man if you’re a man and woman if you’re a woman. Mark it accordingly. If you wish your child to participate, bring a gift for a child so marked. No other meeting is scheduled for Dec.


Our club has been asked to display tractors in downtown Sturgis for their first annual BBQ fest.

It runs from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm. It would be nice if tractors could be there from 12:00 till at least 4:00. They must know how many are coming in advance as they will mark off parking places with cones for us. If you plan to bring your tractor, call Duane or Judy Hollister, 269-683-9537 by Oct. 10th. You will receive more info on parking trailers, etc.


This years tour included 29 tractors, the most we’ve had. The weather was good and fun was had by all.


President Tim Rossman says we had a very good show this year. He thanks all who helped. Without you, we couldn’t have a show. Thanks to the Ripplingers for manning the food shop and for all who helped them.


Terry reports 26 tractors from our club crossed the bridge. In all 1342 tractors made the trek. The weather was nice and everyone had a good time.


The fair this year was another big success. We had a total of 133 tractors and lawn/garden tractors on display. A new member, Richard Reynolds, takes drone pictures for the fair and gave
us permission to post our display.

John, Terry and Duane thank everyone who helped set up and tear down our display. Estelle, Mary and Judy heartily thank everyone who brought food and helped in the kitchen tent. Thanks to all who pulled back at the truck & tractor pulls. Some of our members use their tractors to pull visiting school children in wagon-type vehicles as they learned more about animals, etc.

Excited, smiling children had their picture taken on a tractor again this year. Sheriff Brad Balk led a parade of 34 tractors on a 4 to 6 mile ride again The age range of drivers was 11 years to 80 years.

2019 DUES

Pay 2019 dues at the meetings or send a check made out to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Assoc. to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, MI. 49120
Dues are $8.00 for 18 years and older, $1.00 for 17 years and younger.

Judy Hollister,
Membership Secretary