Upper Midwest A-C Club Board Members:


President Darrell Grams, Sr.


Vice President Joe Graunke


Secretary Terry Nowak


Treasurer Matt Wosmek


Board Member 

Board Member Aaron Barneson


Board Member Lynn Bushard


Board Member Craig Buss



Board Member Tom Foss


Board Member Randy Larson 




August 15 - We have had calls and emails regarding the show dates for 2017. We always will have the show on the fourth full weekend of July.......that makes the 2017 show dates as July 21 - 23, 2017. Plan to make the trip and see the largest all Allis-Chalmers show!

August 15 - Please accept my apologies as that I have not been here updating as I should have, but family issues have had me distracted.

2016 / 25th Anniversary Orange Spectacular compared to 2015 Show Results:

2016 Attendance for the show was:            2015 Attendance Comparison

Friday - 2337                                                                    2091

Saturday - 5619                                                               7156

Sunday - 1795                                                                  1873

 Totals      9715                                                                                  11, 120


Tractors    193    (includes 9 - D21's)                          218

Lawn and Garden   67                                                   125

Industrials  8                                                                  10

Other   3  (includes crawlers)                                       18

Military   1                                                                        9

            For everyone who came to the show, helped with set-up and tear down, worked the show, brought in tractors, garden tractors, machinery, field demo prep and demos on Friday and later harvesting, patronized our vendors (food, toy and craft, and swap meet), participants in the quilt show....you know if you helped make the show a success.....We wish to express our THANKS and what to say "Thank you to each and everyone of you!"

August - 5  - Brian Gostanzik asked me to post this....... Remembering AGCO’s Kevin Bien

Open letter from AGCO: "It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of our dear friend, colleague and customer advocate-in-chief Kevin W. Bien.  Kevin died peacefully, surrounded by his wife and four daughters, on Thursday, June 2nd succumbing to a short, but hard-fought battle with cancer.  He was 63 years old. 

Kevin’s highly successful career began in June, 1975 with the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater with a degree in Marketing.  Region manager, M.C. Hardy said of Kevin, “I spent approximately two hours with Mr. Bien and was very impressed with his personality, intelligence and aggressiveness.  There is no question in my mind that he would make a good employee of the agricultural division.”  Mr. Hardy was a good judge of talent and character as these traits would distinguish Kevin throughout his life.  Kevin also served in both the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of second lieutenant, and the Army Reserves. 

One of 35 employees selected by AGCO founder Robert J. Ratliff to form AGCO Corporation in 1990, Kevin held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing over the next 25 years.  Leveraging his vast industry experience, product knowledge and passion, Kevin was given the most challenging assignments, including introducing the Fendt brand of tractors to North American farmers.  Later, he led the resurgence of his beloved Gleaner combine brand, earning several industry awards in the process.  Earlier this year, Kevin was inducted into the U.S. Custom Harvesters Hall of Fame. 

As much as Kevin was respected for his professional achievements, it was devotion to faith, family and friends that mattered most to Kevin.  Kevin was always there for us all - maybe some advice or encouragement, but always a laugh or a hug when needed most.  And certainly his beloved dealers and customers meant a great deal to him, many of whom he had relationships with for decades.   

Kevin is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy; daughters, Kimberly, Melissa, Tamara and Meggan, and eight grandchildren.  Papa, as he was known to his grandchildren, enjoyed traveling, collecting western art, his Penn State Nittany Lions and his weekly get-togethers with retired AGCO employees.  Kevin was also a long-standing and faithful member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Alpharetta, GA.

Our thoughts and prayers goes  to Kevin's family!



July 27 - Winners of the tractor raffle are -

1st Prize Allis Chalmers D-12 Tim Orr Houston MN.

2nd Prize $1500.00 Tom Collin Stockbridge MI

3rd prize $1000.00 Austin Dahl Richmond MN
Thank you to each and everyone of you who supported the Orange Spectacular and the Upper Midwest A-C Club!


July 23 - We got wet, today!!!!!  Rain started at 10:05 today and dropped about 2 1/2 inches. All of us went to the buildings (Toy and Craft & and the Indoor Tractor Display Building) and waited out the storm.....the show, in a sense, did not stop. Our Swap Meet was halted but the seminars, toy and craft and food vendors continued. The next rain storm hit at 1:55 and dumped another 3 inches on Hutchinson.

Baxter Communication was on the grounds today videoing and interviewing many people and tractors today. Here, Brian Baxter and videographers assist in the interview of Darrell Grams, Sr., his family and their tractor collection.

The sales tables were bustling with business while the downpours happened.

During the rain....seminars and conversation continued...and the rain continued to fall

After the rain...as soon as the rain stopped (or to a sprinkle) our guests were out looking at the tractor displays! The children could care less at that point....

The Blue Ribbon Winner of the First Annual Quilt Contest is Betty Broitzman of Ashville, N.C.

Father and Son, accepted the winning ribbon.

Bruce Franzen and Matt Wosmek are retrieving a guest's trailer from "Lake Allis-Chalmers ".

Tomorrow, Sunday....we will have to evaluate the grounds to see if we can move across the lawn for a parade. We will have to see if the field demo guys have any plans to do anything in the field. Mother Nature took over.....we are trying to show our guests what the Orange Spectacular has to offer. Lots of swap meet deals left, many toys and crafts from vendors are looking for new homes, and club merchandise are waiting to be sold. Please, plan to come for the day....not over a dozen tractors have left. So the grounds are full of tractors, yet!  The weather sounds favorable for a great last day of the show. Tractor raffle, Quilt raffle and Children raffle will still go on as planned. We hope to see you then! "Thank you for everyone's cooperation and patience today during the rain storms!"

July 23 - We had our Scholarship Fund auction this evening and the Bumble Bee 12 goes to Chesaning, Michigan. The proud new owner and winner of the auction was Paulette Mallory!


Paulette was generous enough to pay $1850.00 to the Upper Midwest A-C Club's Scholarship Fund. "Thank you, Paulette for your generous donation!!!"

July 22 - WOW!!! We had a heck of a day! So many tractors have come in today...2337 attendance. That compares to last year to 2091. It was hot today, but there was a breeze...it helped but it was not a very comfortable day.

Thank goodness for the shade and air-conditioned rooms at the showgrounds, you can get out of the heat!

Lee Sackett holds a seminar on applying decals to a One-Ninety. we had about four (4) different seminars with many attendees.

Here is a unique tractor


Beef Brisket and bar-b-cued ribs...outstanding meal!

Baked beans, potato salad, watermelon, lemonade, water and cake.

Charlie Widlund and family enjoys the BBQ celebration meal

Chuck and Sherri, representing the Allis Connection, enjoys our 25th Celebration BBQ.

There was 320 guests at our 25th celebration BBQ. Thank you for your support in the past 25th years.

As of tonight, 178 tractors JUST on the "island". The "ISLAND" would be the center part of the show grounds....north and south of the pavilion. Thank you to all our guests and tractor collectors for their presence!


July 21 - We are ready!!! We were ready by 2:50 p.m., I announced we had the grounds ready for the 25th Orange Spectacular. Many thanks to volunteers who stepped forward and help set the grounds up. We have NEVER been ready, THIS SOON with the show grounds....THANK YOU for your help!!!!!! So much appreciated!!!

It was hot today with somewhat of a breeze.....not much.....but it helped.

Wi-Fi on  the grounds was JUST hooked-up today!!!!  We have free wireless on the "McLeod County Fairgrounds"  router.....NO password is needed! Thank you McLeod County Fairgrounds Boards for such a convenience!

Tomorrow night starting at 5:00 p.m. will be the starting of our BBQ. If you are looking for tickets yet, at 7:00 a.m., please see Golf Cart registration, for available meal tickets to purchase for $15.00 per person. A total of 280 meals will be served. Once when the extra tickets are sold-out...the BBQ is sold out....We will have Allis-Chalmers tractors alongside of us as we eat...One Allis-Chalmers guest told me he drove 875 miles for bar-b-qued ribs! We appreciate the support!

We are in the process, as Hundred Series come in, to line up the tractors as...One Sixty, One Seventy, One Seventy-five, One Eighty, One Eighty-Five, and One Ninety. If you would like your tractor in this unique line-up, let Charlie or Chad know of your interest, please.

We already have 116 tractors in JUST the center of the show grounds. This does NOT include tractors in the field, campground, Swap Meet, Indoor Tractor Display building, etc....and BIG IRON, too. We have 8 plus D21s, 3 articulating tractors, three 10-18s, one 6-12, and who knows how many more are still coming in. More pictures to come tomorrow night.....

At this time, we have fifty-seven (57) campers and nine (9) tenters....The Swap Meet has sold 98 sites with only 22 more to be sold. This is only Thursday night!  What numbers will be reported tomorrow night???? Stay tuned!

The show buildings for quilts and Flea Market are almost full! The Indoor Tractor Display building is filled along the walls with vendors, memorabilia, club shirts sales, Old Allis News, Olson Tractor, GOTO Boonesville, Lee Sackett Restorations, etc....

Our sales for merchandise were busy today!  We have never had such business on the day BEFORE the show! Banners, drinking mugs, letter openers, etc.....25th Anniversary memorbelia and with our limited supplies, please come to the Toy and Craft Building to get your limited editions of goodies!

July 20 - We are getting ready for the 25th Anniversary of the Orange Spectacular! We have some new stuff...it is amazing! Lots of new fabrics and products!

Plan to come and see the all the new merchandise


July 15 - Quilter News!!!! - Please check out this website  http://quiltshownews.com/quilt-shows-by-state/Minnesota/  Check out other Quilt Shows!!!!

July 15 - Schedule update

I hope many of you are planning to attend the 25th Orange Spectacular! It is only a couple of weeks away!  Here is the schedule for the upcoming show:

2016 SPECIAL EVENTS Schedule

Friday, July 22

8:30 a.m. .....................Snap Coupler seminar. Discussion will cover the basics, operation, and safety of

the Snap Coupler and the rebuilding of lift latches, Dave Buttjer and Jim Palmer – east end of Indoor Tractor Display building #17, #19

9:30 a.m. ....................Ring toss game, ages 5-10 – Children’s Activity building #6

10:00- 12 noon ...........Arts and crafts – Children’s Activity” building #6

10:30 a.m. ..................Ducks pond game, ages 2-5 –Children’s Activity building #6

11:00 a.m.........Plow Set-up Seminar - Duane Christenson, east end of Indoor Tractor Display building #17, #19

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. .Barrel Train Rides

12 noon - 3:00 p.m. .....Bounce House

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. Face/Hair coloring –Children’s Activity building #6

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ..........Barrel Train Rides

3:00-6:00 p.m. ............“Detour” performs – Pavillion #16

5:00 p.m. ....................Ending raffle ticket sales, renewal and new memberships, memorabilia for the day

5:00 p.m. .....................Allis-Chalmers Theater closes #8

5:00 p.m.. ....................Anniversary BBQ Dinner –Indoor Tractor Display building, #17

6:00 p.m. .....................People mover rides stops

6:30 p.m. .....................Tractor ride. The ride will be driving through the City of Hutchinson, traveling to the McLeod Co. Heritage Museum and finish at Runnings There will be a people mover(s) made available for anyone that wants to ride and not drive a tractor – meet at north gate entrance #1

8:30 p.m. (approx.) ......Tractor ride returns to show grounds.

Camaraderie with friends and family


Saturday, July 23

8:30 a.m. .....................Snap Coupler seminar. Discussion will cover the basics, operation, and safety of the

Snap Coupler and the rebuilding of lift latches, Dave Buttjer and Jim Palmer – east end of Indoor Tractor Display building #17, #19

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon.. ..Face/Hair coloring –Children’s Activity building #6

9:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m... Bounce House

9:30 SHARP! ...............Tractor driver parade safety meeting, must attend to drive in parade – Pavilion #16

10:00 a.m. - 12 noon ...Arts and crafts – Children’s Activity building #6

10:00 a.m. ...................Tractor parade

11:00 a.m.........Plow Set-up Seminar - Duane Christenson, east end of Indoor Tractor Display building #17, #19

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. .Barrel Train Rides

1:00 p.m. .....................Kids’ pedal pull starts – Children’s’ Activity Building #6

1:00 p.m. .....................Tractor games, barrel races – Outdoor Horse Arena #29

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m... Face/Hair coloring –Children’s Activity building #6

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ..........Barrel Train Rides

2:30 p.m. ....................Candy Hunt Ages 2-5 – Children’s Activity building #6

3:00 p.m. .....................Water games, all ages – Children’s Activity building #6

3:00 p.m. .....................Remote control demo/racing – Outdoor Horse Arena #29

5:00 p.m ......................Ending raffle ticket sales, renewal and new memberships, memorabilia for the day

5:00 p.m. .....................Allis-Chalmers Theater closes #8

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ..........“Old Gold” performs – Pavillion #16

6:00 p.m. .....................People mover rides stops

6:00 until dark ..............Horseshoes – Outdoor Horse Arena #29

7:00 p.m. .....................All Allis-Chalmers Farm Tractor Pull – Grandstand

7:00 p.m. .....................Immanuel Lutheran School food vending – Grandstand #18

10:00 p.m. .................Tractor pull could end

Camaraderie with friends and family


July 11 - Can you help us out?? We are looking for a D10 with a snap-coupler plow and operator AND a D12 with a snap-coupler plow and operator to be used during the D Series Plowing Team demonstration during the 25th Annual Orange Spectacular. If you are interesting in participating, please contact Joe Graunke at  jgraunke@orangespectacular.com  (715) 790-2967.

July 11 - Linda Martin - 25th Orange Spectacular BBQ Celebration has a count of 230 people. This will be an exciting time of fellowship to share the past and the future Orange Spectaculars. Charter members - be ready to be recognized during this special celebration! All BBQ participants will take a special gift with them after eating. Everyone will have the opportunity to eat and then leave for the tractor ride through Hutchinson. I am sure Bob Paulson will show everyone a great ride....he has never let us done yet....and he is for sure not going to disappoint us this year either! 

July 10 - 60+ quilts will be on display at the Quilt Show of The Orange Spectacular. Look for the unique designs of these quilts. One quilt is coming Ashville, North Carolina!


What can you expect when you are attending this year's show:


Featuring Allis-Chalmers tractors, lawn and garden tractors, implements, toys, & memorabilia.

ANYONE with A-C equipment or toys may exhibit or participate at this show.

Over 218 tractors, 125 Lawn & Garden tractors, 6 Crawlers, 10 Industrial tractors and 1 Truck displayed in 2015.

Attendance was 11,120 in 2015.

• Large variety of field activities daily, weather permitting, including A-C threshing machine, A-C combines and haying equipment.

• Dyno testing, seminars and other activities planned.

• Large swap meet area - $30.00 fee per vendor (set up Thursday).

Any questions on swap meet, call Doug Stade 320-282-5838


• Ladies Boutique, Flea Market & Semiars – Friday, Saturday & Sunday

• 1st Annual Quilt Show - Friday, Saturday & Sunday

• Kids Activities – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

• Friday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Car Show - sponsored by Saturday Night Cruisers

• Friday 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Entertainment “Detour”

• Friday 5:00 p.m. 25th Anniversary Celebration BBQ - $15.00 per person,limited seating, reservation deadline July 1st

• Friday 6:30 p.m. Tractor Ride after BBQ

• Tractor & Implement Seminars - watch for times posted at the show

• Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. Tractor Driver Parade Safety Meeting – Pavilion

• Parade Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.


• Kids’ Pedal Pull: 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday

Kids 40 - 90 lbs. - 5 classes - Registration 12:15 p.m. both days

• Saturday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Entertainment “Old Glory”

• Saturday 7:00 p.m. ALL Allis-Chalmers stock and modified Tractor Pull

• Saturday 8:00 p.m. Upper Midwest A-C Club Scholarship Auction – Grandstand

• Sunday 8:00 a.m. Church - Music “Detour” in the Pavilion

• Huge toy & memorabilia displays. Over 45 vendors in 2015

• Visit the Allis-Chalmers Fuel Cell Tractor located at the McLeod County Heritage Museum (2 miles north from the show site).

Museum hours: Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner available daily starting at 6:30 a.m.

• Quilt Raffle Drawing 2:00 p.m. Sunday

• Children’s Raffle Drawing 2:30 p.m. Sunday


June 25 - Ken and Jason Holz along with Ron Erickson have done professional job of restoration with the Scholarship Auction Lawn and Garden tractor

June 25- WHAT IS THE Scholarship Sponsor Garden Tractor?? Click on this link and check it out....http://orangespectacular.com/sponsorgardentractor.html

 Do you want your name on this lawn tractor shown below, after the restoration? Buy a ticket as shown below. You can give donations in $5.00 increments for sponsorship.  Any questions, please call Ken Holz at (651) 437-8786. We appreciate your support!

Below is what the lawn and garden tractor looked like before restoration.....

Buy a ticket and have your name placed on the tractor

Help sponsor the Upper Midwest A-C Club's Scholarship - It's tax-deductible!


June 4 - Our raffle tractor restoration person - Luke Olson of Olson Tractor and Restoration (his website is www.olsontractor.com) has been hard at work. He has just completed a D19 High-Crop restoration!



5/27 - Do you need an electric fencer repaired ? I needed parts of a fencer, so I found and called this place as I had found it on the internet...The Fencer Shop - Electric Fencer Repair, Kevin Blasé of Polk, NE. When talking with this gentleman, I found he is VERY knowledgeable in fencers and has parts...old and new. Very courteous, too. Check out the new link on the left side of this page. Click on the link and check it out....  http://www.thefencershop.com/  


5/25 - I just received this tonight. AWESOME JOB to Ken and Jason Holz, Mike Richter, and Ron Erickson!!!!!


     New this year we are having a silent auction on some smaller items, with the money going into our Scholarship Fund. 

This 7000 series toy tractor was customized and donated by Mike Richter. 

Mike, nice job so far. Can't wait to see what the final product will look like!!!!

Stop by Mike’s display in the toy building to see and bid on this item. 


There will also be some other items displayed at Mike’s table that will also be included in the silent auction.  Unfortunately they are not complete enough to include at this time.  Stay tuned to the website, as we will get them on there when pictures are available. 

All items will be displayed, and bids taken Friday, and Saturday during normal Toy Building hours.  The bidding will close Saturday when the building closes.  The winning bidders will be announced at the beginning of the Tractor Auction Saturday night, at 8:00 PM.  We would like if the winners could attend the Auction to take possession, and settle up.

     Thanks from the Upper Midwest Scholarship Committee.




5/25 - Chip Grube of Minnesota sent me an email stating he is planning to bring his One-Ninety for t he 25th Anniversary of the Orange Spectacular. He has had a two page article published in The Allis Connection on their history with the 190 and a couple of XT's that we had.

He shared with me some videos he has posted on Youtube. I thought you may enjoy the videos as much as I did. Check the videos out....you may have never seen an Allis-Chalmers engine driving irrigations pumps. Chip sent some other videos, too. Just click on the links.    Thank you, Chip!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li_5ek4KhV0 - 2013 irrigation season begins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rikzVTNSSo - Corn Shelling at Heritage Hill, Montevideo, MN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oETw7bLQdbs&feature=youtu.be - WD on the threshing machine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abS5mySMVeQ - Orange power working a late night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odGuykOv4f4 - Gathering of the Orange leaving Heritage Hill

If you have any information or videos to share, email me at rlarson@orangepsectacular.com so I can post it here. We always appreciate news and information. It doesn't matter how small or unimportant you feel it is...our viewers enjoy seeing other peoples' stuff.