The Portland Swap Meet and more! – Photo by Keith Ladage

The Portland Swap Meet and more!

For years I fought my husband on going to this show because I thought it was going to be nothing but trailer after trailer of antique tractor parts. I was wrong, there I said it, he was right! It is a great show with a flea market filled with yes, tractor parts, but also pottery, furniture, etc. etc. I even found a piece of old jewelry, a lovely old pin, which is one of my passions, who knew?

This year was the 49th show and President of the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show Jack Rouch said this year, “The featured tractor is the Cockshutt tractor and Wisconsin engine, next year it will be Ford Fordson tractors and Iowa engines.”

We plan to attend this mega show again next year. I will be prepared to shop and look inside the beautiful round barn that sits dead center in the Jay County fairgrounds where the show is held. I learned my lesson about preconceived ideas, I loved the show and you will too! To find out about the Tri-State Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Association and their shows, log onto their website at

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