Auburn, Indiana 2010 BF Avery Winter Show

This edition of The Kracked Head Update was published in the May 2010 issue of The BF Avery Newsletter

Florence, Alabama – Greetings from North Alabama, I hope this finds you all happy and in good health going into summer.

We got the old Ford to crank and made the run up I-65 to attend the Winter Show and Club meeting in Auburn, Indiana. We had a great turn out of folks and several tractors were displayed. For those of you that missed it, you let another great time slip by you. The facilities were excellent for hosting a winter time show with everything being inside a huge building.

We began with a Thursday evening “Meet & Greet” sponsored by the National Automobile & Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) in Auburn, Indiana. The host committee had a hospitality room setup where they served light snacks and beverages. After visiting the hospitality room you were invited to tour the museum spending as much time as you would like looking at the various vehicles and memorabilia that was on display. I can tell you that it was hard to get around and see all of the wonderful toys, cars and trucks that were on display. It was really just great eye candy anywhere you looked.

During part of the tour, I walked along with Bill Williams and we chatted about the various trucks and autos that we remembered from growing up in the south. Bill is always a joy to talk with and has a wealth of information stored in that knucklehead noggin of his.

Friday morning we all went down to the show location just south of Auburn, Indiana and met the rest of the group for the self guided farm tours. Gary Duff was our official chauffeur and I got to be the navigator since I had a GPS. We started the tour off by heading the wrong way on the interstate and having to backtrack to get it going in the right direction. They tried to blame the navigator but it really was that darn GPS that got it wrong.

After we got on the right tract we headed on out to the first stop that was incredible. Not only did the gentleman have two metal buildings full of every kind of tractor imaginable, but his home was a museum also. There was a basement packed with all kinds of memorabilia not only from antique tractors, but tools, toys, jars, metal implement seats and much more. Then upstairs was his wife’s collection of antique coal stoves. Truly a great place to visit and spend part of a spring afternoon.

The second stop was also very interesting they had a nice collection of restored and un-restored tractors. I also enjoyed the visit at that location.

Saturday was another fun packed day as we first headed back to the show site for our annual club business meeting. Our chauffeur from the Friday tours was elected president and had we known he was going to run for the job then we probably would have insisted on a bribe for our votes. (Just kidding Gary).

After the meeting, Debra and I went back to the motel where she rested while I went to the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum. It also was a building full of eye candy for the automobile enthusiast. There were some of the most exquisite cars on display I’ve ever had the pleasure to see. The museum staff was very friendly and they were more than willing to move the rope barriers so that I could take pictures of the displays. The museum is completely “Camera Friendly” and welcomes you to take pictures of the displays. I spent almost three hours touring and would have stayed longer if my feet hadn’t give out. I would love to do that tour again when I had all day to enjoy it.

We capped the show off with a group meal at Ryan’s that was enjoyed by all. It was great to see and visit with everyone again.

On another note, Cotton is King here in Alabama again. Many of the farmers are saying they plan on planting more acreage this year than last year. Cotton acreage in 2009 was estimated to be 255,000 acres and the 2010 planting is estimated to be 360,000 acres. Nationwide the cotton acreage is expected in increase to 10.5 million versus 9.1 million acres in 2008.

According to knowledgeable sources, cotton is expected to fetch 75 to 80 cents per pound this year and the farmers are chomping at the bit to get in on that. It has been several years since cotton sold in that price range.
This increase in cotton acreage will be coming at the expense of corn production. This will be in large part due to the farmers who had increased their corn output last year reverting to cotton because of the better price.
Soybean production in North Alabama will decrease even though nationwide the production is predicted to increase. Experts say most of the production increases will come in the Midwest. Of course, all of these predictions are just best guestimates since actual plantings may change to due weather and market conditions.

The winner of the trivia question from the last update was David Coyle. I knew he would know the answer. I owe you a hat David. I might add also, that he was the only person who took a moment to actually send me a answer so I won’t be doing that again since there is no interest in it.

That’s all for this update, I hope to see many of you in Indiana in July if one of the ole Ford’s will crank.

So until next time “May your furrows be straight and deep” and I’ll see you on the internet.

About Editor

As a contributing Editor to the BF Avery National Tractor Club’s Quarterly Newsletter I have written about a wide range of topics in my column The Kracked Head Update, covering the BF Avery Company’s history, tractors and equipment. I have attended many Antique Tractor Shows and talked with exhibitors about their passion for the BF Avery brand, Personally I own a 1948 BF Avery Model V that was purchased by my father around 1950.
I’m a Vietnam Veteran, having served aboard the USS Bausell, DD-845 and a member of The Tin Can Sailors Association as well as The Tonkin Gulf Yatch Club