The Michiana Event Center (MEC) is bustling with activities today in preperation for the June Michiana Driving Horse Sale being held this Saturday at the MEC in Howe, IN. Trainers and breeders are bringing in the best of their stock and getting them bedded into the stalls for the evening before the sale. About 90% of the horses are of the Dutch Harness breed but the sale will also consist of other breeds including Saddlebred, Standardbred and Hackney Horses.
Throughout the evening and morning these horses are being brushed, groomed, braided and polished in preparation for the big presentation in front of a huge sale crowd. A large majority of the crowd are simply spectators, there to watch the latest and greatest driving horses that being breed and trained in this region. Though many of the horses are from local trainers, horses, buyers and sellers travel from various states to articipate in this yearly auction.
The sale is more than just a guys day at the sale. Many of the attendees include the rest of the family to watch their horse being sold. Even the smallest children seem to get into the spirit of the event seen here playing outside in the warm up driving area, running with their well trained stick horses, just like they have watched dad do so many times.
Come enjoy the summer break this Saturday morning at the MEC. The event is open to the public and is FREE Admission so come enjoy a burger or breakfast sandwich served by the MEC Kitchen and see some of the greatest horses the area has to offer.
Dale Schrock grew up around Goshen, IN. As a young farmer, his greatest joy was being on a tractor. From the brand-new D17 or the Super M he drove on his Grandpa’s farm to the 3020 on his own farm, his love of farming and tractors never left him. Dale had an entrepreneurial spirit which led him to build some successful businesses that not only supported his family but also his hobby of collecting. Whether it was the toy tractors or the real ones the brand wasn’t important. His preference was to find the “rare, all original or perfectly restored.” And these were what he called “his babies!”
Dale passed away unexpectedly in April of 2011 at the young age of 56 years. He was just getting started building his tractor collection. If he wasn’t at an auction, he could often be found in his shop working on a tractor or outside showing his grandchildren how to drive the tractors. He kept fresh fuel in all the tractors, keeping them ready for their next ride around the farm at a moment’s notice.
Whether you come to this auction to just look, bid or buy you’ll be sure to enjoy this quality collection as much as Dale did! Mark your calender for this one! This collection speaks for itself so make sure you check out the featured photos! This will be a TWO day event held at the Michiana Event Center in Howe, Indiana.
Fridays Auction 4 PM – Literature and Toys
Saturdays Auction 10 AM – Signs, Tractors, and Equipment
The 4th Annual Michiana Home & Garden Show is kicking off it's 4th year with a huge Backyard Makover Give-A-Way worth close to $28,000 dollars!
Last Years winner was Glen Bontrager of Shipshewana, IN. Glen had plans to redo their backyard last year and with winning the $19,000 makeover, the plans became a little easier.
Glen & Wilma enjoyed the summer on their new stamped concrete, cedar pergola, water fountain, stained cement curbing, patio glider, recycled polymer furniture, a Big Green Egg, wrought iron patio table with granite top, a few bird feeders and a landscaping package to finish it off.
This years Backyard Giveaway has increased in size by almost $10,000. The show floor has also increased with more vendor space and vendors from a larger area participating in the show.
The Michiana Event center is easily accessible without fighting any downtown traffic. Located 1 mile south of Sturgis MI on M66/SR 9 at the Indiana 80/90 Toll Road exit 121 in Howe, IN. The show will be open Friday from 1pm to 8 pm and on Sat from 8am to 5 pm. Admission is $5 per adult. Each paying attendee that is a homeowner is elgible to enter the Home & Yard Giveaway! Attendees can also win hourly door prizes. Come Join Us For 2 Days of Springtime Fun!!