Rocky Mountain International Harvester Rendezvous offers free venue on Saturday, July 21

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file photo/Kim Cameron Last year the Harvest International participants tried our the mud pit for the first time at their Rendevous. This year a special pit was built for them on the east side of fairgrounds. The public is invited to watch a variety of Harvest Internationals tackle the mud pit. It will begin approximately at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
file photo/Kim Cameron Last year the Harvest International participants tried our the mud pit for the first time at their Rendevous. This year a special pit was built for them on the east side of fairgrounds. The public is invited to watch a variety of Harvest Internationals tackle the mud pit. It will begin approximately at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

On July 21, the 25th Annual Rocky Mountain International Harvester Rendezvous will have their annual event in Kremmling at the Middle Park Fairgrounds. The event will be open to the public for much of the day and is free to spectators.

The Rendezvous draws enthusiasts from coast to coast and internationally. It will even draw attendees from as far away as Austalia – where IH are quite popular. The International Harvester is best known for its older trucks and SUV’s. The International Scout is the most recognized “Binder” and began production in 1960 with the Scout 80. It was replaced by the Scout 800 in 1964, and replaced in 1971 with the Scout II. The last Scout was manufactured in October of 1980. In addition to Scouts, the event draws Internationa Pick-ups, Travelalls, Tractors, and a variety of rare International Vehicles.

This is the second year for the event to take place in Kremmling. It has previously been held in Bailey, Fairplay and Salida. Organizers of the event comment that, “Kremmling offers a nice fairgrounds, adequate lodging, ample 4WD trails, and a feel of the Colorado Mountains.”

On Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. the “Show and Shine” will take place. Owners will line up vehicles based on model types, and sub categories that reflect the level of modification. Vehicles are judged by entrants in the show. It is anticipated 100 or more vehicles will be in the Show and Shine. Later in the afternoon, once judging is complete, registered participants will move to the grandstands area and can compete in the 4- Wheel Drive Games. This includes a teeter totter for vehicles, and a ramp travel. At 4 p.m. participants will line up their International Harvesters to parade through the town of Kremmling on Park Avenue. Vehicles will proceed from the fairgrounds to the Kremmling Mercantile and return to the fairgrounds.

The Mud Bog will begin at approximately 7 pm after the award ceremony. The mud pit was built on the east side of the fairgrounds. This is also a free event for spectators.

More information on this event can be found at www.RMIHR.org

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