Friday, August 01, 2014

Power of the Past rumbles again

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 9/11/2013

Richard Mullins loved to collect and restore tractors, those who knew him said.

The Rantoul resident’s love of people and tractors drove him to help start the Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Association, his wife, Mary Mullins, said previously.

Richard Mullins loved to collect and restore tractors, those who knew him said.

The Rantoul resident’s love of people and tractors drove him to help start the Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Association, his wife, Mary Mullins, said previously.

The association is honoring Mullins, who died in July at age 74, by dedicating its 19th annual Power of the Past Antique Engine and Tractor Show to his memory. The show, which features IHC International tractors and engines, is scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday in Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., Ottawa.

“We will have a moment of silence in his memory each morning,” Bob Stevanus, club president, said Wednesday as he and other members geared up for the annual show. The club’s slogan is “Preserving the past to teach younger generations,” and the annual show is designed to do just that through a variety of demonstrations that range from threshing and horse-drawn feed grinding to soap making and rock crushing.

At 1 p.m. each day, the show will feature a “Parade of Power.” Each tractor entered in the show will line up for a promenade around the park. The parade’s announcer will tell observers about each driver and tractor as they pass by for public review, Stevanus said.

In addition to the demonstrations, a kiddie tractor pull is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a garden tractor pull at 2 p.m. and a ladies shoe throw/skillet toss at 2:30 p.m.

A craft show and flea market also is scheduled in conjunction with the show.

Area seniors are encouraged to come out and see the farm equipment of their youth, while the younger generation is encouraged to “observe an experience of a pre-computer age,” Power of the Past organizers said.

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