J.I. Case Heritage Foundation 18th Annual Exposition helps bring 13,539 to 34th annual event in Albert City
It may not have been the biggest, but it was one of the friendliest events Carl Tuttle of Howell, MI, has seen.
President of the International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation, Tuttle and other foundation board members were on hand for the 18th annual International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation Exposition. This year's expo was held in conjunction with the 34th annual Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show this last weekend northwest of Albert City.
The foundation actually had its origins with the Case family. Tuttle met Helen Brigham Case, the great-great-granddaughter of J.I. Case, in 1985. It was then that plans began for a heritage foundation. The idea of an annual exposition soon followed.
Tuttle owns an excavating business and gravel quarry. That's how he first became familiar with Case engines. But he became fascinated by Case steam engines. As a foundation co-founder, Tuttle was eager to have something to display himself for the first show so he traveled to Carthage, MO, where he bought a steam engine that he had ready to go just in time for the first show.
Tuttle said he appreciated the hospitality and accommodations provided for the foundation this year near Albert City.
"This is a great showground," Tuttle said of the newly expanded Threshermen's site. "We've had exceptional cooperation with the host show. They built us this building," Tuttle said, referring to the new expo building finished just this month. "I would say they're doing really well here," Tuttle said.
Tuttle said when the Case Annual Exposition is held in conjunction with other events there is usually a 20-40 percent boost in attendance at the sponsoring event. "That's what we're supposed to do," Tuttle explained. Threshermen's Show attendance smashed Friday and Saturday records, and apparently for Sunday as well.
There were about 250 foundation members attending or showing at the Annual Exposition this year, Tuttle said. There are 1,600 American members and 300 outside the U.S.
Next year's expo will be held in Lathrop, MO, July 16-19.