Scholarship Auction

Scholarship Items to be auctioned Saturday evening at the show.


Auction will be held at 6:00pm in the Pavillion.

Glass windchime and the metal cut out coat rack donated by Schanuss Family.



Chairs donated by members of the scholarship committee, the materials were funded by the Upper Midwest A-C Club and they will be auctioned as a pair.


Special Events During the Orange Spectacular

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.

Print all of our special events here 

• 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 & Seminars – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
• Orange Ladies Quilt Show – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
• Kids Activities – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
• Friday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Entertainment – “Country Fried Grubers” – Pavilion
• Friday 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Entertainment – “John AFrame Beck” – Pavilion
• Friday 6:00 p.m. Tractor Ride
• 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.
• Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Entertainment – “Guy and his Guitar” – Pavilion
• Kids’ Pedal Pull: 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Kids 40 – 95 lbs. – 5 classes – Registration 12:30 p.m. both days
• Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Entertainment “Seldom Heard” (Blue Grass & Jazz) – Pavilion
• Saturday 6:00 p.m. Upper Midwest A-C Club Scholarship Auction – Grandstand
• Saturday 7:00 p.m. ALL Allis-Chalmers stock and modified Tractor Pull
• Sunday 8:30 a.m. Church – Tom Reckow, Minister from Grace Bible Church, Silver Lake, MN – Music and Fellowship – Pavilion
• Huge Toy & Memorabilia Displays.
• 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. Admission $3.00 if not a McLeod County Resident
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner available daily starting at 6:30 a.m.
• 616 Allis-Chalmers Lawn Tractor Silent Auction Winner 3:00 p.m. Sunday
• Children’s Raffle Drawing 3:00 p.m. Sunday
• Tractor Raffle Drawing 3:00 p.m. Sunday

T-shirts will be available at the Orange Spectacular


D21 – WITHOUT show date
Adult sizes:
Small, Medium, Large,
XL, 2XL, 3XL
Color: Orange or Gray
Child sizes:
Extra Small, Small, Medium

Color Gray



D15 Series II – WITH show dates Adult sizes:
Small, Medium, Large,
XL, 2XL, 3XL

Color: Orange or Gray



$16.00 – Adult – Small, Medium, Large
$18 = Adult – 2XL
$20 = Adult – 3XL
$14.00 – Child – Extra Small, Small, Medium


See ya at the show!!

Quilting Application Reminder

How are your quilts, aprons and potholders coming along for the 2018 Show? It has been great weather for sewing this winter. Perfect temperatures–subzero and brisk winds! Perfect for staying inside and working on your entries!

We are excited to have categories for Aprons and Potholders this year. The apron can be any style and can be for an adult (male or female) or for a child. The potholders can be any style and any size. Maybe use your imagination and create a potholder in the shape of a tractor!

In case you need inspiration here are some web sites:­Potholders.

Don’t forget to look for patterns at your local quilt shop too.

There are 3 size categories for the quilts. Bed Quilts must be at least 80 inches in length and width but can be larger than this as well. Lap and Crib Quilts must be at least 60 inches in length and 30 inches in width.  Miniature Quilts are any quilt that measures less than 30 inches. If you are not sure which category your quilt should be in or have questions, please either email or call one of the chairpersons.

There is no requirement to use Allis-Chalmers fabric in any of the entries this year. You may use it, if you wish to do so. There will be prizes awarded for judged entries as in previous years. There will also be a division for non-judged entries as well.

Good Luck to everyone and we hope to see lots of entries!

Dottie May


Nancy Schipansky


City Tour of Hutchinson – July 28th from the Orange Spectacular

This tour has been cancelled due to lack of participantscry 


The tour will leave the Show site at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 returning at approximately 4 p.m. Transportation will be an air conditioned coach bus. There will be a stop at Dundee Greenhouse and Nursery for a short presentation and shopping. Lunch and wine tasting will be at the Crow River Winery. The afternoon will be spent at the Clay Coyote for the 2018 Minnesota Pottery Festival inside the crow river winery tent. The cost of the Tour is $20 which includes bus transportation, lunch and wine tasting. (The winery is family friendly, but you must be 21 years old to participate in the wine tasting.) Checks for the tour must be received by July 20 and the tour is limited to 20 participants.


A check should be sent to:

Darrell Grams

34420 State Hwy 25

Green Isle, MN 55338.

For questions please call:

Dottie May 952-758-6204 or


616 Upper Midwest A-C club lawn tractor

This is just a reminder that the Upper Midwest A-C Club Board of Directors has decided to part with the club owned 616 garden/lawn tractor in our silent auction. If you wish to place a bid, contact Darrell Grams using the contact information below. To view current information, look under the silent auction tab under the Orange Spectacular® menu on our website or check out our Facebook page

Contact information for this is Darrell Grams, his cell number is 612.280.3397 and his email is

Bidding will have $5 increments

The bidding will begin today September 24, 2017 and end July 29, 2018 the last day of Orange Spectacular®

A-C Club Board Election Results

The Annual Spring membership meeting was held yesterday, new Board Members were elected and new By Laws have been made and implemented. Thank you to everyone who came, voted and showed your continued support for the club! 

Your current A-C Club board members are as follows:

Lynn Bushard

Cody Hager

Tom Foss

Joan Paulson

Scott Overgaard

Darrell Grams Sr. – Treasurer

Lori Miller – Secretary

Joe Graunke – Vice President

Craig Buss – President


Click here for contact information on our Club Board of Director Members.

Candidates Bios for Spring Meeting April 21

Chad Stradtman – St James, MN

My name is Chad Stradtman and I am from St. James, MN. I work for the street department for the city of St. James as the lead foreman for the past 16 years. I am submitting my bio to be considered for a position on the board of directors for the Upper Midwest A-C Club. I am currently farming 160 acres of land and raising 20-30 head of cattle with my dad, Virgil Stradtman. My passion for Allis-Chalmers began when I was very young. My dad had a 7060 and my grandpa had a 1959 D17 which I am now the proud owner of. I have a lot of great memories riding on the fender of that tractor. I remember the first time my grandpa asked me if I wanted to drive the D17 while baling hay. I was not tall enough to reach the foot clutch but I could operate the hand clutch.

In 1993 I started working at Watonwan Implement the local Allis-Chalmers dealership in St. James, MN. My job requirements were equipment set ups, deliveries and cleaning tractors. In 1995 I started as a full time mechanic working on 7000 and 8000 series tractors and combines. I attended college to further my knowledge on the 9600 series tractors and the R-series combines. I currently own, along with my dad, 30 Allis-Chalmers tractors and implements. I have always enjoyed working on them and farming with them. We currently farm with 90% of our tractors that range from a Model B to 8550.

I’ve been attending the Orange Spectacular for about the last 20 years. In the last 5 years I started getting more involved with the club. I started bringing my own tractors for display. I also helped park tractors for a couple of years and got involved in the field demos. I really enjoy doing the field demos and visiting with other collectors. I’ve always wanted to be on the A-C board, bringing new ideas and getting more people involved with the club. The Upper Midwest A-C Club is a great club that 1000’s of people travel from all over just to come to enjoy the show every year.

I sincerely hope you consider me as a candidate for the board of directors for the Upper Midwest A-C Club.
Thank you,
Chad Stradtman


Cody Hager – St. Charles, MN

Hi, I am Cody Hager from St. Charles, MN and I am running for a position on the board of directors of the Upper Midwest A-C club. A little about myself. I am 27 years old and a sales agronomist for a local cooperative where I am responsible for seed sales and other ag products. I also farm about 160 acres of row crops and alfalfa with mostly Allis-Chalmers equipment, including a wd-45, 180, 190xt, 8070 FWA, and an M3 combine. I really enjoy farming with the older equipment because it is simple, easy to fix, and economical to operate . I’ve been very interested in the orange equipment since I’ve been only a few years old, and it just keeps intensifying. When I was 12 years old I tackled my first A-C restoration of a 110 manure spreader as a 4H project with much help from my dad. I continued to do a project every year until the age of 18. Several of these projects also earned me a trip to the MN state fair for both 4H and FFA. Once I started college I started doing repairs and restorations for other people including orange tractors, as well as tractors of other colors. I still continue to do some of these projects for other people, but with farming now my time is a bit limited. I have to give the most credit to my dad, Tom Hager, who has gotten me into the hobby, and taught me everything I know about mechanics and painting. He began working in 1972 as a mechanic at Kruger implement, an A-C dealer in Plainview, MN and just recently retired. Between my dad and I we own 27 A-C tractors, ranging from a 1928 model E, to my 1985 8070. We also like to compete in a few tractor pulls in the summer and we like to compete against each other with our WD-45’s. I also pull a fair amount with the 180, and the 190xt. I have been coming to the orange spectacular since I was probably 12 years old. I have become very involved in helping with field demos over the last 10 years or so, and will help out wherever I’m needed. It’s really amazing the types of field demos that we are able to perform at the show, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of several of our club members. I really enjoy helping out with the show and the field demos and it’s nice to spend time with people you don’t see very often.

I appreciate your consideration of adding me to the board of directors of the Upper Midwest A-C club.
Thank you
Cody Hager


Lori A. Miller – Cologne, MN

I was born and raised in Cologne, Minnesota and graduated from Central High in Norwood in 1986. I would say I am a true small-town girl at heart. I got my first job at the age of 15 at Chubby’s Restaurant in Cologne and haven’t been without a job since. I attended Normandale Community College in Bloomington from 1987 through 1992, focusing on Accounting and Economics. After residing in Waconia for nearly 20 years, I moved back to Cologne in 2014 to be “out in the country”. I have worked in the financial services industry since 1988 – while attending Normandale classes on nights and weekends. I began my financial career designing structured settlements for personal injury claims. I took a short hiatus from structured settlements in 1990 to work as a legal secretary at a Minneapolis based civil litigation firm and in 1991 began working for Integrated, Inc. – Wealth Advisors, a small independent financial planning firm in Edina, Minnesota. I began with Integrated as an administrative assistant focusing on the organization and efficiency of the company and its day to day operations. I quickly moved up the ladder earning the title of Director of Operations and was elated at my promotion to Vice President in 2009. I celebrated my 26th Anniversary at Integrated this past December. I maintain a rigorous continuing education discipline to keep current on issues in the industry.

I attended my first Orange Spectacular in 2014 – and “Orange Fever” took over. For the last 3 years I have been one of the familiar faces registering tractors for the show and helping out in any way possible. When Darrell Grams, Sr. was elected to the Treasurer position for the Upper Midwest A-C Club I volunteered my knowledge in accounting, finance and organization to help out in any way possible.

In August of 2017 I made my first official “Orange” purchase and to say I was giddy would be a huge understatement. I purchased the 2017 Orange Spectacular’s Raffle Tractor directly from the raffle winner. – A fully restored 1959 D-10 Series I – which I’m excited to say I’ll be driving in the parade in 2018 – smiling from ear to ear.

I spend all of my free time with my significant other and his two fantastic boys, ages 14 & 17. I enjoy working on my home and yard, traveling, fishing, cooking, reading and most of all,
collecting Red Wing crocks and stoneware. I’ve been a member of the Red Wing Collector Society for years.


Craig Buss – Arllington, MN

Here is my biography I am up for re election.

Well, where do we start. I am Craig Buss, currently the President of the Upper Midwest A-C Club. I have been a member of the club for the last 10 plus years. I became a member when the show was still at the Karg farm. I remember when the show first started and man can I tell you, It was the talk of the area. I grew up just miles from the Karg farm. Larry took me under his wing way back then and gave me a spark of the Allis-Chalmers world. Allis-Chalmers has been a staple of my families’ farm since 1936 when my Great Grandpa purchased a WC. That tractor has earned its keep time and time again. Overhaul after overhaul and then I took the cultivator off and began restoration when I went to college. There is still a WD-45 that resides at my Great Uncles farm. I have continued to preserve our history with my own Allis machinery.

Fast forward a few years, 2 years ago I was elected to the board. I’ve served on the board with honor. I’m proud to say I belong to the club. Last April I was elected by the board to the President’s role. Darrell, Randy and Larry have had some big shoes to fill. I hope I have filled them and brought a few new and good things to the board and club. Some things as a board that we have done is to put anything and everything that has to do with the club, in the club’s name. I have had 1 show under my belt and I believe we had a very successful show, and lots of small things to tweak for next year. I met a lot of people and continue to meet people which is fantastic. I like to hear from everyone – what they like about the show and what new ideas we can try to implement for the show. I can not forget to tell all of you with it the support of my wife, Georgia Buss this job as President would be a lot harder than it could be. Besides, with a hobby like this is a walk in the park most days.

If elected back to the board I will continue to react with the members trying to get new things for the show, recruite new members with social media and face to face interactions, help with our regular advertising on the website be decisive and just with decisions that the board needs to make and help move the club forward. There’s many of us that still want to see this club grow and become better and better every year. My Grandpa instilled in me that if you want something to do well or you want to do well, be passionate about it. This club is one of my deepest passions, to hold the past and remember the past for future generations to see and be a part of. It’s been great to be a part of this club and I would be thrilled to continue as a member of the board. Thank you for your time, help and support. Vote Buss for the Board on April 14th.