International Harvesters Club: They just keep on running
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent | August 11. 2013 10:20PM
The chapter is part of an international club of International Harvester enthusiasts who collect the tractors known for their red color, though International Harvester stopped making the tractors in the 1980s, said club president Matt Petz of Nashua.
His son Spenser, 17, of Nashua rode a 1949 International Harvester that his grandfather gave him in the tractor parade on Saturday.
He uses the tractors today for mowing, and he likes owning and caring for the antique, he said. "It's a piece of history."
"We have over 150 tractors here, and we're having a lot of fun," Petz said.
Club member Dennis Prefontaine of Hollister, Mass., said the tractors are not just for show, they are still in use by their owners, he said.
They were designed with a universal platform so owners can easily move among mowing, plowing, hay making, harvesting and cultivating.
The Poole family of Winchester showed just how versatile the machines can be by powering an ice cream maker with an International Harvester, passing out vanilla ice cream to attendees.
The first recipient of the scholarship is Amy Gowell Drogue, 18, of Derry, who was awarded $1,500. She attended the two-day show with her 10-day old Jersey cow Jim Bob and is a veterinary medicine student the University of New Hampshire.