Craig’s Corner – May 2019

This is our busy time of year. Thanks to Jim Morgan who donated 3 coolers to our Club. We still need a volunteer to fill them and bring them to our meetings. That could be you! Anne and Nancy have made some new purchases for the trailer. There are nice new t-shirts and sweatshirts and some new summer hats. There are also some really cute children’s books depicting current and historical farm life just incase there is a child you need to spoil. A Volunteer list is out for the trailer to man (or woman) them during the OTFS, WCTA, 50 Years and Pontiac. We really need your help. Don’t forget we also have pedal tractor tickets for that vintage 4020.

May 18th will be a fundraiser for the CIGC Spring Tractor Ride. There will be coffee and donuts from 8:30 and leaving promptly at 9:00 am. The donation is $25 but lunch will NOT be provided. Rumor has it we are headed west through Masonia, Braidwood and rural Coal City. Should be fun. There is no rain date at this time.

The Morris Tractor Ride will be held from May 31 to June 2nd at the Bill Burnham farm in Morris Illinois. Organized by Mary Beth DeGrush and lead by Max Armstrong, the ride will honor Bill Burnham Sr. who passed shortly after the 2017 ride. This is a beautiful area of Illinois near the Illinois River You can get more info at

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 back-home 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 Illinois. Field demonstrations daily, tractor pulls, fireworks, parades and much, much more. Their 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.

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