Tim Dezotell’s bright green 1930s Hart-Parr tractor with bright red wheels has been passed down through the generations in the Dezotell family.
It’s part of a legacy from Patriarch Percy, who died in the early 1990s, left behind by his family and at Powerland Heritage Park, which hosts the annual Great Oregon Steam-Up each year.
It all started in 1970 when a group of people passionate about preserving old farm machinery came together to form Western Antique Power Inc., which would later become Powerland Heritage Park.
This included Tim’s grandfather, Percy.
Born in 1968, Tim grew up in the park surrounded by history and the ancient tractors his grandfather worked to preserve.
“A few (tractors) that are still there, he played a big part in the start-up and restoration,” Tim said.
A tradition that began with the opening of the park will continue this year with the 48th Annual Great Oregon Steam-Up, which takes place July 28-29 and August 4-5.
Residents of Oregon are invited to immerse themselves in the world of agricultural history that enthusiasts like Percy Dezotell have created at Powerland Heritage Park, which now includes a campus of 14 museums.
At this year’s Great Oregon Steam-Up, the Northwest Car and Motorcycle Museum and an annex of the Oregon Vintage Machinery Museum with John Deere will be open.
Spread over more than 60 acres, the machines on display include tractors, tools, engines, vintage trucks and an authentic steam-powered sawmill.
Over two weekends, guests can see Oregon’s agricultural heritage come to life and experience the early days of the machines through exhibits, demonstrations, and other activities.
“People, especially families, love to come here and bring the kids,” Dave said. “Dad can go out and they are having a good time.”
Traditional Steam-Up activities and demonstrations including train and wagon rides, steam sawing, threshing, flour milling, museum tours and blacksmithing will return.
Daily activities include a parade of vintage tractors, trucks and automobiles at 1:30 p.m., a steam-powered sawmill operating four times a day, and cart tours along the perimeter of the site.
Powerland Heritage Park volunteers and museums are dedicated to educating Oregon’s rich agricultural history. And for more than four decades, the Great Oregon Steam-Up has provided the community with a hands-on experience.
The world of ancient machinery, restoration and preservation is no stranger to Tim, who now sits on the Board of Directors of Powerland Heritage Park.
This kind of tradition, the kind that resists generations, is incorporated into every aspect of the park. It shows through people who visit and see tractors their parents drove or the older man who looks at a 1900s tractor and says, “I used to drive that.
“It makes you appreciate some of the older generations and what they didn’t have,” Tim said. “To see where we’ve come from and where we’re going.”
Abby Luschei is an entertainment reporter for the Statesman Journal; she can be contacted at email@example.com or 503-399-6747. Follow her on Twitter @abbyluschei Where facebook.com/luscheiabby.
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What: Powerland Heritage Park’s biggest event of the year features daily parades with vintage tractors, trucks and automobiles, train and wagon rides, museum tours, demonstrations and various machines on display. There will be a concert with Bret Lucich from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and a sparking show at 9:30 p.m. on August 4th.
When: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from July 28 to 29 and from August 4 to 5
Site: Powerland Heritage Park, 3995 Brooklake Road NE, Brooks
Cost: Admission at $ 12, free for children 12 and under, weekend pass at $ 20, free parking