Buckeye Oliver Collectors 2018 Spring Picnic

Location, location, location, the magic words in the real estate world but it definitely applies to the Buckeye Oliver Collectors spring picnic held April 7 at the beautiful Smith Farm in West Mansfield. Even with the presence of “other green” tractors the Smith Farm was a superb location, just a beautiful site. The picnic was well attended with 70 Oliver folks enjoying the day that was sunny and cool to begin and overcast and chilly as the day went on. Lucky for all the Smiths have a large building, large enough for one side with a stone floor to house 20 Oliver,2 Cockshutt’s and an OC-6, all very nicely restored and in great running condition and the other side with concrete floor and heat, this being the picnic side.

Our hosts did a great job of clearing the tools and shop equipment to one side and putting up three rows of tables. Food is always the big attraction of an Oliver picnic and that held true on this day also with the beverages, meats, sides and desserts running down one long wall. I’ll admit to three trips thru the line. Very, very tasty. Something different tried at this year’s picnic was a parts swap in the parking area outside the building. It was a success with thirteen trucks, tailgates down full of Oliver parts from decals to plows to tractors. In fact there was a 1550 that changed hands. I believe the parts swap was well received and should happen again at our next gathering. Back inside where a membership meeting was held after lunch with President Larry giving well received news that Buckeye Oliver Collectors will be returning to the Farm and Science Review Sept 18-20 and that the club has purchased a 20 x 30 open air tent for use this summer and beyond. No matter the weather Oliver people will be dry. Larry also talked about the Buckeye Oliver summer show in Greenville July 5-8.

The club will have a catered lunch on Saturday. This promises to be a real nice show. Larry concluded the meeting with much thanks and a Plaque presentation to the Smith family for their work in hosting the Spring Picnic 2018. The Larry Riley family from Norwalk will be hosting next year’s picnic and if any readers have never attended a spring picnic, you are missing a fun close-knit day with friends. It’s obvious that Buckeye Oliver Collectors is a growing club and here’s hoping that we keep it going in that direction. See everyone in Norwalk 2019.

John Gustina

Buckeye Oliver Collectors at the Winter Get-Together 2018

Asheville, North Carolina or to be more precise, Fletcher, NC was host to the 2018 HPOCA winter show. Buckeye Oliver Collectors was well represented with President Larry and Tonia Elliott, vice president Jan Huck, treasurer Billie Huck, secretary Bill and Jan Yaple and board member John and Sharon Gustina making the 8 to 10 hour drive south. The Gustina’s and the Huck’s went down a day early to visit the gem of Asheville-Biltmore mansion. I can say this, Oliver green was everywhere on the mansion grounds. If any readers have considered a visit to Biltmore put it on your bucket list, as it is breathtaking, something that will never be duplicated.

Now back to the Davis Ag center, the host building for the show. It is a very large structure to say the least, easily room for 26 tractors, plows, running gear, balers and chapter and vender tables. The Buckeye Oliver Collectors had a strong presence with seven tables total. We had on display our three raffle items and sold over 100 chances. Also we sold seven cookbooks and sales were strong from Tonia’s merchandise tables. I know a lot of grandchildren have new Oliver shirts thanks to grandma stopping by.

I also want to tell everyone that we also displayed our memorial plaque and had a signup sheet available for members of Buckeye Oliver Collectors to put their names down. A few names were on the list when the show closed. Interesting to note was the build card seminar held Saturday. Thanks to Dwayne Starr and Chris Losey for trying to make sense of a confusing subject, I for one would like to sit thru it again. Also held on Saturday was a seminar hosted by Margie Gaiser with the subject being hosting a HPOCA show. The room was full which speaks well for future shows. Many thanks go out to The Oliver Gang and a bunch of good ol’ Carolina folks for hosting a great show. As with all our shows this one ended with a banquet Saturday evening. When one is in the south one wants the good food that is famous, and good food was delivered. I won’t tease yo’all with the menu but it was worth two trips thru the line.

The amount of work that goes into a show is not lost on Buckeye Oliver members. Oliver green was spread throughout Fletcher at many hotels and the Hampton Inn where we stayed was full of tractor people filling the lounge area every morning and evening. It brings true the thought that it’s Great Green Tractors that bring us together but it’s the people at the show who make it worth the journey. I know it’s safe to say that a real good time was had by all who attended. Now we at the Buckeye Oliver Collectors look forward to our spring picnic so let’s come together and have a large turnout. See you all there.

John Gustina

 

Buckeye Oliver Collectors Annual Banquet and Meeting

The Buckeye Oliver Collectors held their annual banquet and meeting on November 4, 2017 at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City.  The meal was very good as it always is.  Larry started the meeting by telling everyone this year’s meeting would be different from any other.  Larry introduced the officers and then called each one to the podium to give their thoughts and comments for the year.  They all knew of this assignment for months and after a severe case of nerves by all each did a great job.  Larry explained that we were giving away door prizes that where donated for the officers.  This went on throughout the meeting.  We also started two awards this year.  Lee and Shirley Smith received the” Life Time Achievement” award and Floyd Hohman received the “Member Of The Year” award.  The meeting ended with the Raffle drawing.   The first prize Oliver Pedal Combine went to Owen Oswald, second prize Oliver 1/8 scale purple 1950 tractor went to Dennis Baker, and the third prize Oliver 1/16 scale Oliver 1955 FWA tractor went to Doug Guthrie.  It was a great meeting!

Buckeye Oliver Collectors at the Buckeye Classic Power of the Paint

Marion, OH    August 11 – 13, 2017

The Buckeye Oliver Collectors participated in the Buckeye Classics Power of the Paint tractor show in Marion, August 11-13. This was the 2nd year for this show and is growing. We had a good turnout of tractors and help at the tables. Our tractor display had about 30 excellent Olivers and a beautifully restored Cockshutt 1550 displayed by Doug Mitchell. Raffle tickets were sold and the memorial plaque continues to get a lot of attention.

 

Buckeye Oliver Collectors Summer Show with the National Threshers Assoc.

Wauseon, OH    June 22-25, 2017

The Buckeye Oliver Collectors summer show was a success even with the HPOCA National Show going on at the same time.  The weather did not cooperate on Friday with a lot of rain and wind but Saturday’s nice weather brought out many Oliver enthusiasts making up for the slow Thursday and Friday.  Saturday we had a lunch with around 30 members attending.  Jan Yaple coordinated the lunch and led the prayer to kick off the luncheon.

A good selection of tractors were on display – old to new – Hart-Parrs to High Crops to 4 digits; what an excellent selection of tractors.  There were more than 100 tractors on display.  The 911 Memorial was in our display area so we were able to surround it with some of the tractors.  What a great tribute!

Of course the best part is all of the visiting and story telling that happens all day.  Our club has old dealers, old mechanics, employees and block men, it is very interesting to hear their stories and tales from years gone by.  And then hearing the stories of people who bought tractors back in the day.  Those of us that are a little younger than the guys who lived it are fascinated by these stories.  At times there would be up to 20 of us sitting and visiting.

Thanks to everyone who came to the show and who displayed your Oliver tractor and implements.  Also, Thanks to those who helped with the tables and a special Thanks to Wayne Groweg for taking pictures.

Larry Elliott

Buckeye Oliver Collectors at the HPOCA National Show

Madison, IN    June 22-24, 2017

The Buckeye Oliver Collectors were also at the HPOCA National Summer Show the same weekend as the Wauseon show with officers and board members split between the two places.  Our presence was quickly recognized as we displayed two club tables with the feature being the three raffle prizes on display and tickets being sold non-stop.  What a great response to the Oliver pedal combine and the 1850 Purple 1/8 scale tractor prizes.  The turnout of club members was good with 29 signing in at the tables and many helping at the tables; Thanks to all.  We also signed up a few new members.

The show had a nice display of Oliver tractors, lawn and garden tractors and implements.  Even with all the rain on Friday the turnout was good.  On Saturday the sunshine and auction brought out a good amount of spectators to enjoy the show.

The best part of the show was the great people that you get to see and visit with.  It becomes an Oliver family reunion and there is never enough time to hear the stories and catch up on life.

Having 5 of my own tables full of Oliver stuff kept me pretty busy.  When our club members seen this they jumped right in and helped sell; what a blast having this kind of friendship.  Larry has told me for years that there is always one group of people you can count on, I got to see this first hand as our Oliver friends and more than friends.

Tonia Elliott

Spring Picnic April 22, 2017

Hosted by Dave Miller

On a somewhat cool breezy day on Sat. April 22 in Clyde, OH a group of about 60 green clad hungry Oliver fans gathered at Dave Miller’s farm to greet, eat, and talk Oliver. Thanks to Dave for hosting but more important for having a large heated building where everyone, I think, were comfortable. Following a beautiful Grace by Lyn Parker at noon we ate. If you couldn’t find something that you liked on this large buffet table, then you weren’t hungry! From pork chops, chicken, roast beef, dozens of sides, and what seemed like even more desserts. Oliver people do eat well. Lunch was followed by a brief meeting concerning the Newsletter, the summer shows in Wauseon, OH and the HPOCA show in Madison, IN, which unfortunately fall on the same weekend.

A plaque was given to a surprised Dave Miller for hosting. A special moment came as Club President Larry Elliott unveiled a beautiful memorial plaque in the shape of the state of Ohio onto which were the names of all deceased members of the Buckeye Oliver club. There was a moment of silence as all the names were read aloud. To the surprise of all, Larry introduced the youngest member of our club, 4 year old Benjamin Wiggins. Surprise again as Ben owns his own 550 that he drives with the help of his father. Bet he keeps dad busy. Larry closed the meeting and as the women’s committee met in one corner the rest of us cleaned up, talked with one another and went outside to look at Dave’s collection of Olivers and Whites.

Thank you to the Rine family for bringing the 1900 and a MM. Thanks to John Parker for bringing two of his restored Oliver tractors to the picnic. By four o’clock some were headed home and some were making Dave’s barn a place for tractors again. All in all just a real good enjoyable afternoon. Special thanks again to Dave Miller for hosting and special thanks to all who spent their Saturday afternoon in Clyde, OH at the Oliver Spring Picnic. The picnic is a wonderful way to stay in touch with other Oliver owners and if there is a family who would host the picnic in 2018 please let Larry know. There is always plenty of help and support from Buckeye Oliver. Here’s to good running tractors and good growing weather.

John Gustina