Portland Indiana

Jay County

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Keith and I went to Jay County for the Tri-State Gas, Engine & Tractor Association Inc. show and saw so much more!  Connecting with Gyneth Ausburger Director of the Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau, she cooked up lots of fun plans. Before heading to Portland, we stopped at the Swiss Heritage Village in Berne, […]

A Ride in a Red Baby

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It was the show in Portland, Indiana where I saw Wendell Kelch’s International Harvester truck, the Red Baby. This truck was made by International Harvester and before I had seen the toy version, but never the real thing.  Wendell shared his beautiful truck that he brought to a show for the first time in Portland. […]

A Ride in a Bi-Plane over Portland

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This year was the 51st Tri State Gas & Engine Show in Portland, Indiana. At this massive show, I heard one young man say to another, “This is the largest show this side of the Mississippi!”  This year International Harvester was the featured tractor and while we were enjoying views of this show from the […]


It was a culture shock for sure just recently off the plane from the beautiful tropical Puerto Vallarta to the Portland Indiana swap meet. I traded ocean breezes for chilly wind whipping my hair under the hood of my sweat shirt as I tried to keep warm. But I must say, everyplace has its beauty […]

Portland Swap Meet, a lawn and garden extravaganza

When I heard the word swap meet and read “antique engine and tractor parts only” I have to admit I wasn’t too enthused. I have often said to other collectors that “I don’t do parts”. However, the crops were in the ground and it had been a while since we had got away together and […]