Annual Show

Annual Show 2013

From its humble beginnings in 1975, our annual Labor Day Weekend show has grown into one of the best events in the region.  Exhibitors come from near and far, bringing an ever-changing display of tractors, gas engines and vintage farm equipment.

The 39th Annual Show will be held August 29 – September 1, 2014.

The show is held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 2 & 41, Escanaba, Michigan

The gate charge is $5 per person per day.  Exhibitors and children under 14 are admitted free.  $10 weekend wristbands are also available.

Friday, August 29 (preview day):  Noon – 5 PM
Saturday, August 30: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, August 31: 9 AM – 5 PM
Monday, September 1: 9 AM – 4 PM

Sheppard Diesel is the feature for 2014.  These little known tractors were introduced in 1949 by the R. H. Sheppard Company.  While the company is still in business today, they ceased tractor production in 1956.  You can learn more about Sheppard Diesel tractors at

During the show there are scheduled demonstrations of rock crushing, threshing, and hay baling.  Our steam-powered saw mill runs mornings and afternoons.   The Tractor Parade starts at 1 PM and the Engine Crank-Up starts at 2 PM.

We’re far more than just a tractor show.  Your gate fee also gets you access to the following:

Agricultural Museum: Tour an eclectic collection of antiques and artifacts. 

Antique Village: A variety of shops and working displays offer insight into the past, with an emphasis on regional history.  Local artisans demonstrate traditional handicrafts and many of their creations are available for purchase.

Flea Market: Dozens of vendors offer a wide variety of items for sale.

Knife and Gun Show: Browse a high quality selection of firearms and military memorabilia. 

WApHC Fall Rendzevous Horse Show: Sponsored by the Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Club and sanctioned by the Upper Peninsula Horseman’s Association, this is the first Appaloosa Horse Show in the U.P.  For more information about WApHC, visit their website at  Show Bill PDF can be downloaded at

While we hope that you enjoy our show, our purpose is not simply to entertain you.  As part of our efforts to preserve our past heritage, we strive to educate current generations about the machinery our forefathers used.  While attending our show, if there is anything you don’t understand about the exhibits, please ask.  Club members, exhibitors and artisans are happy to answer your questions.

For more information contact 

Richard Dutton, Show Chairman
8255 26.7 Lane
Rapid River, MI 49878
(906) 474-9247