Gail Arnold Schipansky

Gail Schipansky, age 74, of Marshall, Minnesota, died suddenly on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at his home in Marshall, Minnesota. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2020, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Interment will follow in the Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2020, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. A Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, again at the church. Occupancy limits and social distancing must be observed throughout all services.

He will be greatly missed by all members of the Upper Midwest A-C Club. More information from Hamilton Funeral Home can be found in the link below.

Gail Schipansky Funeral Services

Nancy Schipansky

It is with a very sad heart that I inform you that Nancy Schpansky passed away this morning at Regions Hospital in St Paul from injuries sustained in a home explosion on 8-27-2020 that took the life of her husband Gail.

Visitation is scheduled for September 12.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CST)

First Lutheran Church

100 Church Street

Marshall, MN 56258

She will be greatly missed by all members of the Upper Midwest A-C Club. More information from Hamilton Funeral Home can be found in the link below.

Nancy Schipansky Funeral Services

Building Project

This letter is of special significance in regard to our building project.


I was saddened when we needed to cancel our show this year because our plans were to construct a Club building with some of the proceeds from the show. However there is a plan B and we need everyone’s help in enacting that plan.


First let me explain what the plans for a building are. We would erect a 60×160 building on land acquired on January 10th of this year by the Upper Midwest A-C Club™. On one end of that building would be a 30×60 area that in the future would be a meeting room for Club activities. Utilities would need to wait for a while, however we could build out that area so it’s ready when that time comes.


As you know, we have one Club member who is willing to donate $100,000 towards this project and at our Fall meeting in 2018 a motion was made and approved for the Club to add $50,000 to that fund. In the mean-time the land purchase opportunity arose and the Club decided to purchase land rather than build on the fair-grounds (where we will never own what we build). As a result of the land purchase and the Show being cancelled, moving forward with construction would reduce the Club’s checking account quite significantly. I believe we would be better served if funds could be raised to assist with the building project.

2020 Orange Spectacular Show Activities Updates/Changes

June 7, 2020-

After much discussion, and with much sadness, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Orange Spectacular®. The health and safety of our members, volunteers, exhibitors and guests is our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Directors also believes this is the best decision for the financial stability of the Club.

We will offer several options for activities that have already began, such as raffle ticket sales, swap meet pre-payments, golf cart rentals, vendor contracts and Show Toy pickup.·

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board has approved postponement of the 2020 raffle drawing until July 25, 2021.

o The 2020 raffle tickets that have been sold will be placed in the raffle drawing that will be held on July 25th, 2021.
o The raffle drawing on July 25th, 2021 will be for the same 1960 Allis-Chalmers D14 Tractor.
o Any Club member with unsold tickets please hand write on the tickets the new drawing date of July 25th, 2021 before selling them. This will help clear up any confusion of the revised drawing date.
o If requested, your 2020 raffle ticket money will be refunded.
Swap meet vendors that pre-paid for 2020 space can have it applied towards the 2021 show or receive a refund, if requested.
Golf Cart rentals will be refunded to those who had prepaid.
Vendors who have pre-paid for vendor space will be refunded.
This year’s Orange Spectacular® Show Toys that were planned to be picked up at the show will be shipped to your address. Any toy orders received after June 14th will have a mandatory $15 shipping fee added to the cost of the toy.

We’ll see you next year at our 30th Annual Orange Spectacular® held July 23, 24 & 25, 2021, when we will also be hosting the national Gathering of the Orange – West

Spring Membership Meeting

Plans are being reviewed to reschedule and hold this meeting sometime during the show. We will update the website and our facebook page with updates when available.

12:00 p.m. – Lunch will be served

1:00 p.m. Meeting will be called to order

This is a membership meeting, if you know someone that would like to become a member…bring them along!!!

McLeod County Historical

Society and Museum

380 School Road NW

Hutchinson, MN 55350

Questions contact Darrell Grams Sr.: 612-280-3397 or dgrams@frontiernet.net

Field Demonstration – Letter Series Plowing Team

This year we will be featuring the letter series plowing team in the Field Demonstration area. We are attempting to have the complete line-up, which is something that has never been completely accomplished in all the years at our show. What is the letter series plowing team you ask?

Anything from the model E up to the WD-45. If you have a tractor and plow that you’d like to participate with, call Cody Hager (507-696-4765) and he will be able to reserve a spot for you. We are looking for at least one of each of the following model tractors: E, U, UC, WC (un-styled), A , WF (un-styled), B, WC (styled), RC, C, WF (styled), G, WD, CA, WD-45.

We are excited to see all of these tractors in action in July.

2021 Orange Spectacular Tractor Raffle

Buy your Tickets Now to Win a 1960 Allis-Chalmers D14 Tractor with Dirt Scoop or $4,000 Cash

Raffle Ticket Form 2021

2nd Prize: $1,500 cash
3rd Prize: $1,000 cash
You must be 18 years or older to purchase a raffle ticket or to win a raffle prize.
YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Unable to come to the show? Don’t know of anyone who has tickets? Don’t worry!
Fill out your information on the Raffle Ticket Request and send to Todd Grams. Todd will send you the ticket stubs. Your tickets will be dropped into the ticket tumbler drum with the other tickets at the show.

Raffle drawings take place in the Pavillion at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 25th, 2021.

We thank you all for your support in buying raffle tickets.  Without your support this fantastic show would not be possible.   Great plans are already in the works for the 2021 show. Remember, 2021 is the 30th Anniversary of the Orange Spectacular and our 3rd time hosting the Gathering of the Orange.  We all hope to see you there.  Check out the website for upcoming features! 

Need Additional Ticket Booklets? 

Please contact Lori Miller at 612-483-2712 or Todd Grams at 612-719-3955 or by email miller8120@gmail.com or toddegrams@yahoo.com to purchase ticket booklets. 


Pedal Tractor Raffle

Purchase tickets from any club member or download the 2021 raffle form.

Please contact Lori Miller at 612-483-2712 or Todd Grams at 612-719-3955 or by email miller8120@gmail.com or toddegrams@yahoo.com to purchase tickets before the show.

Reconstruction of Hwy 15 Through Downtown Hutchinson During the 2020 Orange Spectacular

MnDOT will reconstruct Highway 15/Main Street from 2nd Ave., near the South Fork Crow River Bridge, to 5th Ave. S due to deteriorating pavement. Sidewalks and pedestrian crossings will be upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The City of Hutchinson will be replacing utilities (sanitary sewer & water) in downtown Hutchinson under Highway 15/Main Street. This work will require a detour.

In addition to the reconstruction of Highway 15/Main Street, the pavement from 5th Ave. S to just north of the roundabout at CR 115 (Airport Road) will be resurfaced. Current sidewalk and pedestrian crossings along this area will be upgraded to meet ADA standards. A north bound left turn lane at Linden Ave. will also be added. This work will be done under traffic and will not require a detour.
Both projects are scheduled for the 2020 construction season.