In 1980 a hazardous waste company wanted to put a landfill in the southern part of Macon County. To stop this company, a group of individuals named the Missourians Against Hazardous Waste had a rodeo as a fundraiser. Individuals also ended up bringing engines to display as well. Thus the Flywheel was born.
"Our mission is to preserve the agricultural and industrial path of the region," said Flywheel President Danny Primm. "And to also have fun while doing it."
The 33rd annual old time Flywheel Reunion was July 25, 26 and 27 at the Macon County Fairgrounds.
"It was really excellent," said Primm. "The wonderful weather contributed a lot."
There were 215 tractors on site, 50 plus small engines on display, approximately 50 exhibitors and approximately 3,000 in attendance based on button sales.
"There seemed to be more people in attendance than usual," said Flywheel member Larry Maloney. "We ran out of buttons and had to start using leftover 2012 buttons. We had a great weekend."
There were even three Massey tractors that made the trip all the way from South Dakota.
"We are members of the Missouri Massey Association so have been to Missouri several times for meetings and things, but this is the first time we have brought tractors," said Steve Albrecht of Marian, South Dakota. "We just think Missouri people are super nice people so wanted to meet some people and see some tractors."
The funds from this event go toward maintaining the two Flywheel museums. Additionally, $2 from every admission goes toward the upkeep and improvement of the Macon County Park.
"We've had hard years, but one way or another we've been able to keep it going for 33 years," said Primm.