Earthquake comes to the Half Century of Progres

Earthquake comes to the Half Century of Progress (photo provided by Half Century)

I have only seen the picture, but I can’t wait to see this massive tractor built by Rite Manufacturing. Earthquake sports a 12V Detroit engine and stands a whopping 18 feet wide and 14 feet high. She will be at the Half Century of Progress in Rantoul at the former Chanute Air Force Base August 22-25, 2013.
Darius Harms, Chairman of the Half Century of Progress shared, “Come feel the Earthquake in Rantoul.”

“Earthquake was built by Dave and John Curtis, they were the engineers on this project and Dave Curtis (94) plans to come to Rantoul,” Harms said. “Earthquake was built by Rite Manufacturing of Great Falls, Montana. They built 38 tractors. They started out redoing Wagner tractors switching them, and then they built Rite tractors from 300 to 750 horse power,” Darius added “This is our tenth anniversary and the 6th show. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International 506 and 806, the D21 Allis Chalmers, and 5010 John Deere among others,” Darius said.

Anyone that has been to this year that comes around every two years knows that the show is an amazing visual array of equipment that celebrates 50 years of farming. Since this is 2013, that meant the focus will be on machinery and implements from 1963.

Russell Buhr of the Half Century show said another focus in 2013 is on seeding technology over the years. “We are going to till and demonstrate planting, fertilizing and spraying the old way.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg about what you will see at this show. I plan to be there all four days seeking out stories and taking pictures of all the great pieces of equipment that comes to central Illinois for this awesome show. Information about the is available at www.halfcenturyofprogress.org