September 18, 2014

Pioneer Power Days to feature two new events

By Tim Barnum
News Editor | news@ogemawherald.com
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WEST BRANCH — The 2011 Pioneer Power Days July 21-24 will feature an auction and garden tractor pull, along with its annual flea market and antique tractor show.

“This year, we’re having an auction on Friday morning at 11 a.m. … It’ll be guy stuff, like engines,” said Sondra Bortle, secretary of Pioneer Power Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. “Saturday (July 23), at 10 a.m. is the garden tractor pull.”

Bortle said pre-registration is not planned for the garden tractor pull, and will most likely be held before the event.

Along with the two new events, she said the traditional flea market and antique tractor show will also be available for visitors.

“We usually have over 100 vendors in our flea market,” Bortle said. “And we have over 200 tractors, because it is an antique tractor show.”

Saturday will cater to Pioneer Power Days’ younger guests, Bortle said.

“Saturday is kids day,” she said. “They have extra activities for the kids.”

During the four-day celebration of classic machinery, Bortle said Pioneer Power members will hold blacksmithing demonstrations, shingle mill demonstrations and sawmill demonstrations.

She said Pioneer Power Days is annually well attended.

“We average over 4,000 for the whole weekend,” Bortle said. “It seems like we always get one day where it rains.”

She said the gates open each day at 8 a.m., and that the flea market usually stays open until 6 p.m. Tickets, she added, cost $4 a day, and children under 12 can enter for free.

“We do have camping on grounds, but it’s primitive,” Bortle said. “It’s $10 per night.”

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