Half Century of Progress 2019 is on its Way

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Get ready because it will be here before you know it!

The Half Century of Progress at a recent planning meeting was referred to as “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

While the circus has that motto all  sewed up, when you are talking tractor shows at least here in the US, it is certainly true.  The Half Century of Progress is the Mega Vintage farm show in fact, it is advertised as the “Worlds Largest Vintage Working Farm Show.”


This year’s show will be held August 22-25, 2019 at the Rantoul Air Port on the former Chanute Air Force Base.  The theme of this year’s show is Harvest Brigade.  Dust off all your old harvest equipment and get ready to head to the field 1969 or earlier style!  You are encouraged to bring any type of harvest equipment.  Any brand in any shape is welcome!


The Half Century of Progress is a vintage farm show held before the Farm Progress Show. The first Half Century of Progress Show was held on the weekend before the 50th anniversary Farm Progress Show near Henning, Ill., in 2003. The show celebrates equipment 50 years or later and that leaves a lot of room for choices.

I love to see the old iron moving up and down the runways in the parade and in the field.  As Max Armstrong said when I asked for a quote for my Farm World story, “I’m looking forward to seeing more unusual equipment than ever. There is always something that makes your jaw drop. You’ll turn to the guy next to you and say, ‘I’ve never seen one of those before!’

There is always something new and different at the Half Century show.  Every time I go I see something I never saw before at the show.  You would think there would come a time that that wasn’t true, but so far it is not the case!

Plan ahead!

Just a word to the wise, hotels and camp sites are filling up.  Make your reservations ASAP if you are planning on staying over.  You can find lodging information on the Half Century of Progress website listed below.

Also, golf carts are going fast as well. .  Call 866-275-2742 to reserve a golf cart.  Yes, you can bring your own tractor, golf cart, tractor etc. just know there is a $30.00 fee (good for all days of the show) in addition to the admission fee. The cost to attend the show is $15.00 for adults per day, or $30.00 for a four-day pass. If kids or grandkids are coming along, there is a minimum age of 16 allowed to drive both golf carts and equipment on the grounds.


The Half Century will be here before we know it.  I know it was August just yesterday and Christmas is almost upon us!  Plan ahead while the snow flies so you can harvest with the sunshine!  For more information, check out http://www.halfcenturyofprogress.com/.