Seeing Red

Friday, June 12, 2015
Tractors from across the country are on display at the Red Power Round Up event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Troy, Ron and Donelle Moormeier fly flags on their tractors in honor of U.S. servicemen and women.

If you are seeing red, then you're in the right place. The International Harvester Company is celebrating 26 years of the National Red Power Round Up at the historic Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. The event kicked off Wednesday, June 10, and runs through Saturday, June 13.

At this annual celebration, folks all over the country flock to view the history and products of the International Harvester Company. There is an assortment of tractors, engines, trucks and equipment. Collectors can also browse exhibits, which include everything from household appliances to milking equipment.

The Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, welcomed the crowd at the opening ceremony.

Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, speaks at the National Red Power Round Up opening ceremony Wednesday. The event took place at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia.

"This is huge. We are so thrilled you are here," he said. "I think that if you do not appreciate the things that folks will see here on the Missouri State Fairgrounds the next three days -- the start of mechanized agriculture and how that was so critical and so important to put agriculture in the position that it is today -- then you're not paying attention."

Six large American flags waved proudly atop the tractors owned by Troy, Ron and Donelle Moormeier from Cortland, Neb.

Donelle Moormeier explained why their tractors stood out in the company of other red tractors on the grounds.

"We always fly the flags. Flags are our signature. We do that because we want to recognize (the) people who have fought for our freedom so that we can do these types of things."

Activities include various truck and tractor parades, children's activities, live demonstrations and daily door prizes.

"We talk about the new innovations, we talk about the new technology -- all those things that are in our grasp that allow us to do what we do in agriculture," Fordyce said. "But again, there had to be a start. There had to be something that propelled us to the place where we are today, and that something is going to be on display here for the next three days."

Contact: Michaela Leimkuehler at mleimkuehler@marshallnews.com

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