The Heritage Tractor Area will feature hundreds of tractors and implements, as well as unique equipment from the past, but Oliver tractors will be the main attraction at this year’s Farm Technology Days in Wood County.
The Hart-Parr/Oliver Collectors Association will hold its annual Summer Convention and Tractor Show in conjunction with the three-day farm show, July 10-12 at the D&B Sternweis Farms and Weber’s Farm Store/Heiman Holsteins near Marshfield.
“We are hoping for 300 to 400 HPOCA members to attend our meeting and see the tractors in person,” said Don Duellman, vice president of the Badgerland Oliver Collectors.
Founded in 1989, HPOCA is a nonprofit organization that aims to bring Oliver collectors together to share educational and historical facts about the tractors. It consists of around 4,500 members in 21 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Ninety of those members are a part of the Badgerland Oliver Collectors, the Wisconsin HPOCA chapter. Duellman said he expects to have members come from all across the country to see the Oliver show.
He is looking to have at least 200 Oliver tractors on display, a number he hopes to reach through the help of area farmers.
“They do not have to be a member of our club, but we want area farmers to bring any Oliver they have, regardless of if it is restored or not,” Duellman said. “The more the merrier.”
In addition to the Oliver show, other tractors will be on display during Farm Technology Days in the Heritage Tractor Area adjacent to Tent City. The tractor show will also have a variety of vendors selling everything from Oliver merchandise and toy tractors to Oliver parts.
“One of the vendors has a lot of Oliver parts. Whether it is a little screw or spring or a manifold gasket, they have all the stuff for the Oliver tractors. You call them and they know exactly what you need,” Duellman said. “We are hoping to have 10 vendors there of different kinds.”
Duellman said his passion for Oliver tractors started when he was a kid growing up on a farm and he has carried that love into his retirement.
“I grew up on a farm and we had Oliver tractors. When I retired from my business, I was going to collect cars and I said, ‘No, I am a farmer,’ so I started collecting tractors,” he said. Duellman now has 14 Oliver tractors he has bought over the years and plans to bring to the July event.
For more information about the HPOCA Summer Convention and Tractor Show or to sign up to bring a tractor to the show, call the Badgerland Oliver Collectors at 715-305-2118.