20th Annual Pioneer Machinery Show set for Sept. 7-8

Tractor activities will be plentiful at the 20th Annual Pioneer Machinery Show with everything from the Kiddie Pedal Pull to the Antique Tractor Pull during two day event Sept. 7-8 at the Pembina County Historical Grounds.

Posted on 8/24/13

Anyone with an antique tractor and a desire to ‘drive to town’ is encouraged to participate in the Tractor Trek which opens Saturday’s activities. Tractors will leave the Historical Grounds at 10:00 a.m. and travel north and east to arrive in Cavalier, stop at Wedgewood Nursing Home, and go to the Chuckwagon Café for lunch before traveling back to the Show. Participants should register by 9:30 a.m.

The best of the best kids from around North Dakota will be competing in the North Dakota State Kids Pedal Pull. Milan Drewlow, manager of the Red River Pedal Pull, expects about 90 young people ages 4-11 to compete for the opportunity to advance to the National Kids Pedal Pull in Mitchell, SD. The Pull begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Tractors of a different kind will provide the excitement when the Maverick Lawn Mower races begin at 3 p.m. The members of the Mavericks are from the Hallock area and provide the thrills and spills of lawn mower racing. Amateurs are invited to bring their mowers and add to the race events with a LeMans style race of their own.

Tractors from around the area and beyond will be shown off during the annual parade. Anyone with an antique tractor or other parade entry is encouraged to participate in this highlight of the Show. Prizes including one for featuring the best wheat theme will be awarded during the parade.

The new year in North Dakota Pedal Pull competition begins Sunday following the parade when kids ages 4-11 can compete for a chance at next year’s state title. The adult pedal will also be held.

Following the parade, the smoke and noise begins with the Jim Johnston Memorial Tractor Pull run by the Northern Pullers Assoc. Johnston, who passed away this past year, was an avid puller and member of the Northern Pullers. Entry fee is $10 with cash prizes.

To learn more about tractors, previous Machinery Shows, and machinery with Pembina County origins, purchase a 20th Year Anniversary book while at the Show or at the Museum following the Show. This commemorative book of photos and history was written and compiled by Jim Benjaminson, PCHS board member. Sponsors of the book are D&B Motors of Langdon, Cavalier Equipment of Cavalier, Hansons Implement of Cavalier, Morrison’s Equipment of Hallock, and United Valley Bank of Cavalier.

All of this and more at the 20th Annual Pioneer Machinery Show Sept. 7-8 at the Pembina County Historical Grounds located 5 1/2 miles west of Cavalier. The $5 admission button is good for both days; children 12 and under are admitted free. To learn more about the Show, call the Museum at 701-265-4941 or email and find us on Facebook.