International Harvesters on the way for product showcase

Montgomery is getting its own “cotton pickin’” minute in the sun this week. Four days of the world’s largest showcase of International Harvester products is coming to Garrett Coliseum, with hundreds of tractors and various other kinds of farm equipment.

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Row after row of beautiful antique Farmall and International tractors and trucks will be on display for four days at Garrett Coliseum in June.(Photo: Contributed)

Four days of the world’s largest showcase of International Harvester products is coming to Garrett Coliseum, with hundreds of tractors and various other kinds of farm equipment.

“It’s the first time it’s ever been in Alabama,” said Randy Bodine, show chairman. “It’s as far South as it’s ever been.”

Hosted by Alabama Chapter No. 23 of the International Harvester Collectors Club Worldwide, the 29th annual Red Power Round Up runs Wednesday through Saturday.

“There will be 40,000 plus people that attend this,” Bodine said. “We’ve got people coming from seven foreign countries that we know of now.”

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, they’ll have a parade that goes from Garrett Coliseum to downtown Montgomery. It will travel in front of the State Capitol, go Dexter Avenue, circle Court Square Fountain and return to Garrett.

While the event will have guests seeing the signature red IH tractors, Alabama will be seeing green. With visitors hotel stays, food, fuel costs from hauling tractors and stops at other areas around the state by Red Power Round Up guests, Bodine said they’re estimating a $30 million economic impact for the state.

Vintage International cotton pickers will be among the featured exhibits at the show. They will operate in daily parades as well as cotton picking demonstrations right on the show grounds. (Photo: Contributed)

One of the things event guests be focusing on are “offset” tractors made by IH from 1939-1982 — tractors, such as the Farmall A, the Farmall Cub, the Farmall B, and other variations designed with the engine on one side of the machine and the operator’s seat set to the other side to allow for more visibility when cultivating row crops.

Among the hundreds of IH tractors at Garrett, there will also be IH cotton pickers and cotton equipment. According to the club, IH invented the mechanical cotton picker, which went into volume production around 1950 and revolutionized cotton harvesting in the South.

There will be a daily cotton harvesting demonstrations of a crop planted on the Garrett’s show grounds.

There will be many product vendors and exhibits (including household appliances, milking equipment, and toy collections), IH Trucks and Scouts, parts consignment, special seminars, a children’s area, women’s activities, tours in the Montgomery area and food vendors.

Show grounds will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and show buildings will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show is open to the general public. Admission is $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass. Ages 12 and under free with an adult. Parking is free.

Red Power Round Up is sponsored by Alfa Insurance, Thompson CAT, Thompson CAT Rental Store, Steiner Tractor, IH Parts America, JM Wood Auction Company, and Alabama Ag Credit Land and Farm Lenders.

Impressive examples of “Offset” tractors such as this perfectly restored International Cub Lo-Boy, with rare front-end loader, will help to make the show interesting and memorable for visitors. (Photo: Contributed)

The International Harvester Collectors Club is an international network dedicated to preserving the history, products, literature and memorabilia of the International Harvester Company. There are 39 chapters (U.S., Canada and Sweden), and there are members from all 50 states. There are also members in Europe, Africa, Australia,  The worldwide number of active members is approximately 7,500.

Women’s Activities — Painting with P’Zazz with Kasey Hope — make a “Welcome” door hanger (Limited to 20 participants — Cost  $35) — Creative Living

Make your own cotton wreath — (Limited to first 15 participants — Cost  $20) — Creative Living

Women’s Activities — Painting with P’Zazz with Kasey Hope — make a  “Mason Jar door hanger (Limited to 20 participants – Cost  $35) — Creative Living

Women’s Activities — Historic Textiles of Alabama by Diane Fluker Barnard — Creative Living

The Collectible IHC Kitchen: The Darst Museum and the Fabulous World of Irma Harding Collectibles — Marilyn McCray — Creative Living

Make your own cotton wreath — Creative Living (Limited to first 15 participants — Cost $20)

Harvester Heritage IH Employee Breakfast — Hospitality Room inside Garrett (For all current and former IH dealers and employees)

Women’s Activities — Twisted Trees Genealogy — Introduction to Genealogy — Creative Living

Post time: Jun-23-2019