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What fun, indeed! Or is it, “What fun?” Sometimes it takes a week or so to realize just how much fun it was when you get to the end of a big enterprise like the 2008 MMOGTA show. The first week or so you tend to be either too busy or too tired to make an accurate assessment of what just happened. But then as the healing quietly takes place, you begin to be more objective about the whole ordeal and develop a little better perspective on it all. OK, we’re there now, and it was great. The gods of meteorology smiled on us this year, and we were ready with our end. What resulted was a spectacular show, with great attendance, and a lot of hard work and fun to go along with it.
We hope you had a chance to attend, as we featured Baker tractors and equipment, one of the more obscure and little known brands from our past. We think old Abner Baker would have been proud to see his great grandson at the controls of the very first Steam Traction Engine produced by his factory 110 years ago. To see the aged engine back in action on the threshing machine after all this time was truly an exercise in history, surrounded as it was by a nice collection of the few remaining Baker gas tractors and associated displays.
As always, the featured brand area is just the spotlighted portion of our show, it’s a lot bigger than Baker. In fact, our display field was lined with about 5 times more tractors than Baker ever produced in all his years of operation. That should give you a little idea how busy we were on the 3rd weekend of August. And that should give you an idea how grateful we are to all of our exhibitors (the real stars of our show) who shouldered the burden of historically high fuel costs in the process of bringing their own individual shows to us. Thank you all!
How big was it? Well, the numbers aren’t all in yet, and the beans are still being counted in the various departments, but it quite certainly was the biggest 3 day show in our 34 year history. So big in fact that the demand on our electrical system caused the failure of one of our main electrical transformers on Sunday afternoon. Hats off to the guys from Consumer’s Energy who came to our rescue on very short notice, locating and installing a new, larger transformer right in the middle of a very busy show, leaving us with very little disruption in the activities. Nice work by all who were involved in handling this temporary situation. Generators were located to keep key systems up and running, and it was “On with the Show”. Seemed like the guys in the bucket truck were just a part of the entertainment.
The bottom line is this; we had an outstanding show, and while all of us put in an endless amount of man hours in the process, we all realize that such an enterprise is very much a community effort. We are profoundly grateful to our local community of businesses, neighbors, and workers, right along with the greater community of exhibitors, spectators and visitors who must all be in place for our show to be the success it was.
We’ll leave you with a couple of random photos of the big weekend, but be sure to visit the “08 Show photo gallery” page for a much broader look at this year’s show. Photos will continue to be added there as the material comes in.
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