Since 1888, Sandwich, Ill., has hosted what has become one of the oldest continuous county fairs in the state. The DeKalb County event has evolved from an annual livestock show, to what is now a five-day event featuring harness racing, concerts, an antique car show and more. The fair always begins the Wednesday after Labor Day.
This year, the 132nd Sandwich Fair, which ran Sept. 4 to 8, included a new event: The Equipment Vendor Showcase. The inaugural event was held Sept. 4 and featured vendors including Alta Equipment Co., Altorfer Cat, Brent Ohlendorf Industries, Burchland Manufacturing, Casey Equipment, CSR Bobcat, Illinois Truck & Equipment, McCann Industries, The Turf Team, West Side Tractor Sales Co. and Superior Diesel.
This event allowed vendors to showcase their equipment on display and on the track with live demonstrations of the newest skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, excavators and more. There were also competitive demonstrations and skilled operators showing off the ability and agility of a given machine.
The Equipment Vendor Showcase was well-attended and it is hoped the event will grow and become an annual event. CEG
Gathered around a Case CX145DSR at the McCann Industries display area (L-R) are Tim Carroll, regional sales manager of FDR Furukawa; Ray Sullivan of McCann Industries; Steve Costello of McCann Industries; Tom Hagen of Case Construction; Ken Schmidt of McCann Industries; Ryan Carr of McCann Industries; and JR Boerner of McCann Industries.
In front of a Takeuchi TB250-2 at the McCann Industries display area (L-R) are Ray Sullivan of McCann Industries; Ryan Carr of McCann Industries; Steve Costello of McCann Industries; Paul Wade, regional business manager of Takeuchi; and JR Boerner and Ken Schmidt, both of McCann Industries.
Mike Fay, territory manager of Casey Equipment, shows off the JCB 85Z-1 mini-excavator.
Alta Equipment displayed a wide range of machines including this Gehl R260 skid steer with a Virnig rock grapple.
Illinois Truck and Equipment bought this Hitachi Z W150 wheel loader to the Sandwich Fair.
The crew from McCann Industries brought along a Case 721G wheel loader to display.
These JCB compact machines from Casey Equipment Co. (JCB Chicago), are ready to show what they can do.
West Side Tractor Sales Company’s display featured John Deere skid steers, mini-excavators and other John Deere iron.
(L-R): Michael Hennessey of Illinois Truck & Equipment Co.; Mark Mitchell, sales manager of Illinois Truck & Equipment Co.; and Dan Breunig of the Sandwich Fair Association Board look over this Kobelco SK85-7 excavator.
Lindsay Young (L) of West Side Tractor Sales Company shows off this John Deere 50G mini-excavator to Gene Frieders of the Sandwich Fair Association Board.
(L-R): Altorfer Cat’s Sam Will, Josh Carter and Drew Stahl are ready for fairgoers to view this Cat 304E mini-excavator.
A Bobcat T770 track skid steer with a grader attachment from CSR Bobcat was a hit at the Sandwich Fair.
James May of Alta Equipment Co. stands next to the Volvo EW60E wheeled mini-excavator.
Representing Alta Equipment Co. are (L-R) Adam Strickland, Josh Reck, Tim Stratinsky and this Volvo L30G compact wheel loader.