Craig’s Corner – June 2019

Sadly, the Morris Tractor Ride was cancelled due to weather and farming conditions. And, we are sad to inform you that Bill Burnham’s mother passed. Bill and his parents hosted the event in the past. You may send a card if you wish to Bill at 8830 N. Scott School Rd., Morris, IL 60450.

Still on a sad note, Fred Lestina Jr.’s mom passed. Laura Lestina 92 years young passed on May 29th. Fred’s address is: 1100 Tracy Dr., Morris, IL 60450.

William D. Munyon Sale June 15 and July 27th. Most of you knew Bill or at least saw some of his collectibles. On June 15 the bulk of the tractors, near 80 will be sold at his farm on Rt 114. I am told even the John Deere G which stood guard over his farm on the silo is running and for sale. There are many very collectible tractors for sale. On July 27th the remainder of the trucks, Cushman’s and all of the hit & miss engines will be sold. There is also an additional sale on August 18 at the River Valley Auction Center, 880 S. McMullen Dr, Kankakee which are his train collection, slot machines, coins and Rail Road memorabilia. Don’t miss this. Bill had a great collection. You can see more by going to or on Facebook.

Bonfield’s Barnyard Tractor Pull June 22nd has blossomed into a much larger event. I am told that the event now includes train rides, bounce house, craft and flea market, food vendors a car show and tractor show as well as the intended Tractor and Truck pull. It should be a fun day in Bonfield. Oh, I almost forgot, the Fireworks at 9 pm. For more info go to Bonfield Barnyard and Tractor Pull on

The 17th Annual Covered Bridge Ride will be June 29and 30th. If you have not experienced this ride yet, you don’t know what you are missing. The bridges are wonderful and the food is great. Its about 35 miles each day in the backhome country of Indiana. Sign up ends on June 19th. Contact Joe Warters 765-362-0910.

Olde Time Farm Show is featuring Oliver and Allis this year from July 5th thru the 7th. There will be lots of activities including Tractor Games sponsored by CIGC at 2 pm on Saturday. I could use some help with that. There is also a tractor pull on Sunday. Go to for more info. Our trailer will be there and we will need some volunteers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Historic Farm Days will occur from July 11 thru the 14 at the Club grounds in Penfield, IL This year’s feature are the 1458 and 1568 V8 IH tractors. It will also feature the 80th anniversary of the H & M tractors. This show also celebrates the 25 Anniversary of the Chapter 10 IH Collectors Club of llinois. Field demonstrations daily, tractor pulls, fireworks, parades and much, much more. There is an International 856 Wheatland for raffle too. Only 250 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Their tx number is 217-595-5000.

July 18th thru the 21st will be the Will County Thresherman’s Association show at the Spiess Farm located on US Rte. 52 just East of Wilton Center. They are featuring Oliver, White and Cletrac. There is also a tractor pull there as well as farming demonstrations of wheat threshing and plowing. Always a good time and yes our trailer will be there and yes, we need people to man (or woman) it. More info is at PS the 7th Annual Vintage Tractor Ride will be held on July 20th sponsored by the Peotone Educational Foundation who supports the Ag program at Peotone High School. The cost is $65 and leaves the WCTA Show at 8:00 am sharp and includes a pork chop dinner.

Manteno Veteran’s Ride will occur on August the 10th. As usual we will have coffee and donuts before leaving the Evans Farm at 8:30. Another contingent will leave from Jim Morgan’s in Peotone. Please note the change in the date!

Half Century of Progress runs from August 22nd through 25th. This year’s theme is Harvest Brigade. If you can pick with it or cut with it or reap with it, you can display it. There will be field emonstrations daily, parades, parts and collectibles for sale and you will be able to see most any kind of farm item in operation each day. There is a tractor ride on Thursday but you must sign up ahead of time. The giant flag returns too with a formal raising of the flag each day. And yes, the fields did get planted. CIGC will share the very first spot as you come in the gate to sell our wares with Olde Time Farm Show. We need volunteers from Thursday on to help man (or woman) the trailer. You can find out a whole lot more by going to

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