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The 27th annual Red Power Round Up, which is the largest tractor collector show staged in North America, will be held on Thursday through Saturday, June 16 to 18, at the Racine County Fairgrounds.

A crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 is anticipated for this year's Round Up, which is being hosted by Wisconsin's Chapter 4 of the International Harvester Collectors (IHC). Formed in 1992, the chapter has more than 300 members.

The Wisconsin chapter is one of 41 state groups in the United States plus others in Canada, Germany, and Sweden. The worldwide membership in the IHC chapters is about 8,000.

Show lineup

Displays at the Round Up will include International Harvester, McCormick Deering, and Farmall tractors, IH trucks, Cub Cadets, and pieces of farm machinery dating to the 1800s. The Farmall letter series of tractors (A,B,C, H and M) will be a featured attraction. A 1936 Farmall F-12 tractor will be fully restored during the three days of the show.

Round Up spokeswoman Bonnie Tydrich, whose husband Lyle is a co-chair, is predicting a turnout of 800 to 900 tractors and 200 to 300 trucks along with milk coolers, cream separators, freezers, and small refrigerators that were once made by International Harvester. Since the start of 2016, she has been receiving two to three phone calls per day with questions about arrangements for the show.

Tydrich is also expecting that more than 100 vendors will be on hand to sell IH tractors, parts, machinery, and memorabilia. Case IH, based in Racine, will also have a large display of the latest models of its farm equipment.

Special activities

In addition to the main activities at the fairgrounds, a taste tour bus trip leaving at 9 a.m. on June 16 will go to the Taste of Home kitchen store in Greendale, the Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, and the O and H Danish Kringles bakery in Racine. Plant tours at Case IH in Racine are also being considered for the week of June 13 to 17.

Author and speaker Suzi Parron will give a slide show presentation on barn quilts at 10 a.m. on June 17. Barn quilt painting workshops will follow at 1 p.m. that day and at 9 a.m. on June 18.

For the children, Billy Steers, the creator of the series of five Tractor Mac books, will be at the show. Three authors who have written about IH tractors are scheduled to give presentations during the Round Up.

Raffle tickets will be sold only the show for a restored Farmall B tractor. A sale of Red Power Round Up collector belt buckles is also be conducted in conjunction with the show (contact Jim Shutt at 724-573-4404 for details).

Eating attractions

Two special dinner meals are being offered in cooperation with the show. In the late afternoon on June 16, a pork chop dinner sponsored by the Yorkville United Methodist Church will be available. The reservation deadline is May 15 for the $15 tickets ($16 until June 1) payable to Yorkville UMC, Red Power, 17945 Old Yorkville Road, Union Grove, WI 53182.

On June 17, the Lions Club of Waterford will sponsor a chicken BBQ to be served on the show grounds. Tickets are $10 until May 17 ($12 afterward). Send checks payable to Lions Club of Waterford to Gary Tilleros, 212 Franklin St., Waterford, WI. 53185.

Daily admission is $10 for age 16 and up and $5 for ages 6 to 15. Three-day passes of $25 and $12 respectively are also available.

Profits from the Round Up will be donated to covering the costs of the housing for the McCormick-International Harvester collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. Donations from several sources totaling more than $200,000 have already been made to pay for the labor and equipment needed to digitize documents associated with that collection.

More information about the 27th annual Round Up is available on the www.rpru2016.com website, by contacting Lyle Tydrich at 608-582-4372 or by e-mail to tydrich@mwt.net, or by calling Randy Graf at 262-939-5660 or by e-mail to bigrford@wi.net.

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