The 23rd Annual Power of the Past Antique Engine and Tractor Show will have an orange tint this weekend.

This year’s show — Friday through Sunday at Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., Ottawa — will be the venue for “Gathering of the Orange,” the national Allis-Chalmers tractor show.

David Reeves, president of the Power of the Past Antique Engine and Tractor Association, said Allis-Chalmers collectors will be in attendance and participating in the event from all over the nation.

“This is the first time we have ever had a show like this,” Reeves said. “We don’t know how many [Allis-Chalmers participants] there will be. They will bring a bunch of tractors. We are expecting a lot of people. It is a big event. It will be the biggest show we have ever had.”

Reeves said Power of the Past is receiving national recognition with the Allis-Chalmers group coming to Ottawa. The board applied four years ago to bring Allis-Chalmers to Ottawa.

“They picked us out of the group,” he said. “We have had four years to get this lined out.”

Several board members traveled to a national Allis-Chalmers “Gathering of the Orange” show two years ago to get a glimpse of what might be coming to Ottawa.

“Allis-Chalmers had all kinds of equipment I have never even heard of or seen,” Reeves said. “Those guys bring all that stuff.”

Reeves said the local show’s reputation received another boost as the North American Expo of Masseys will be trekking to Ottawa in 2020.

“We feel good they picked us,” Reeves said. “There are several that apply for that.”

The Forest Park venue was a big reason behind landing the Allis-Chalmers and Massey shows.

“Forest Park is so nice with the shade trees, paved roads and the facilities,” Reeves said. “We can handle those shows, but we are limited on room.”

The 2017 show also will feature Maytag motors. Reeves said a Maytag man from Iowa will bring all kinds of old Maytag motors and parts.

“They have been around a long time,” Reeves said of Maytag. “They have all kinds of attachments that went on those old maytag washers. They have sausage grinders and several different attachments like butter churns that would fit right on those agitators. They have it where you can grind sausage. It is pretty neat.”

The rest of the events are the same, Reeves said, with the appearance of antique tractors and farm equipment being the foundation of the show for more than two decades.

“We still do all those demonstrations,” he said. “There is a lot of people that have never seen anything but modern day combines. Those boys worked hard back then.”

Reeves pointed out the show’s foundation is still key to its success.

“The show is much more than a gathering of gas engine and tractor enthusiasts, although those are pretty amazing when all the engines are chugging at once,” according to www.powerofthepast.net — the board’s website. “With the passage of time, many of our younger generation have never seen or experienced farm life in its heyday. We’re creating a learning experience from this event, where the future meets the past.”

Power of Past schedule

Friday

Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., Ottawa

7 a.m. — Breakfast

8 a.m. — National Anthem

9:30 a.m. — Threshing

10 a.m. — Straw baling

11 a.m. — Horse powered hay baling, rope making

12:30 p.m. — Corn silage blowing, cider press

12:45 p.m. — Rock crushing

1 p.m. — Threshing

1:30 p.m. — Straw baling

2 p.m. — Parade of Power, with Tractor Dyno after parade

3 p.m. — Horse-drawn feed grinding, horse powered hay baling, saw mill

4 p.m. — Ham & Bean supper

Saturday

7 a.m. — Breakfast

8 a.m. — National Anthem

9:30 a.m. — Threshing, kiddie tractor pull

10 a.m. — Straw baling

10:30 a.m. — Auction, saw mill

12:30 p.m. — Corn silage blowing, cider press

12:45 p.m. — Rock crushing

1 p.m. — Threshing

2 p.m. — Parade of Power, Tractor Dyno after parade, kiddie corner

3 p.m. — Horse powered hay baling, horse-drawn feed grinding, ladies shoe throw/skillet toss

5 p.m. — Live music, Odds & Ends

Sunday

7 a.m. — Breakfast

8 a.m. — National Anthem

8:30 a.m. — Church service

10 a.m. — Corn silage blowing

10:15 a.m. — Rock crushing, rope making

10:30 a.m. — Threshing

11 a.m. — Straw baling

noon — Garden tractor pull

12:45 p.m. — Rock crushing

1 p.m. — Threshing

1:30 p.m. — Straw baling

2 p.m. — Parade of Power