FULTON COUNTY HISTORICAL POWER SHOW
June 16-17-18, 2017 Since 2003, this is the 14th FULTON COUNTY HISTORICAL POWER SHOW, Rochester, Ind., held on Fulton County Historical Society grounds, 4 miles north of Rochester on U.S. 31 & Co Rd 375 N. Open Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Power show includes antique tractors, garden tractors, hit-n-miss engines, equipment and antique trucks. It features a different tractor and local business each year. In 2017 the featured tractor will be John Deere, local business will be Day’s Hardware in Akron – 121 years, farm will be Dale Smith Farms. All colors of tractors are welcome. Vendors of swap parts, crafts, food, etc. set up beside the round barn and Living History Village called Loyal, Indiana. Breakfast buffet in museum till 11 a.m., then lunch until 2 p.m. Contests for exhibitors called Antique Tractor Games, tractor pulls, balance contest, Powder Puff tractors pull for the ladies, 50/50 pull for men and tractors both over 50 years old. Toy Show held inside air-conditioned museum rooms. This event is sponsored by the Fulton Co. Hist. Power Assn. & Fulton Co. Hist. Soc. The museum, round barn & living history village will be open to anyone paying admissions to the festival. Free parking. The museum and toy show all require paid admission to the grounds for this festival weekend. Adult admission charged, children 11 and under free. Contact Fulton County Historical Power Assn, PO Box 773, Rochester, IN 46975, or contact the museum at phone 574-223-4436, 37 E 375 North, Rochester, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fultoncountyhistory.org. Museum open year around Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays.
This event has always been held at the Fulton County Historical Society grounds. History: In the 1990s Fulton County Historical Society invited owners of antique tractors to bring them to display during the Round Barn Festival. In 2003 Dan Peters, Carl Overmyer, Skeeter Daughtery and others decided to start an antique tractor club and named it the Fulton County Historical Power Association. They organized as a partner of the Fulton County Historical Society and made many improvements, including electric lights in the field, bleachers, a gray water tank for the food vendors, and last year a public address system on poles. An energetic group, they work hard to put on a first-class show that includes nearly every type of historic power. They even have a hand water pump and wooden trough for a rubber duck contest. For several years horse-pulling contests were part of the show.