Rough & Tumble Engineers
Kinzers, Pennsylvania

Covid 19



Covid 19 2020 Rough and Tumble Information from Bud Burdy.



With the Annual Meeting and Chicken BBQ about a week away on September 26 I want to encouraged those attending to make the most of our time together. It is our intention to make this a safe and enjoyable event. Please feel free to come early dust off your favorite machine and show it off to those at the picnic. The following groups are planning on running at picnic: Shay RR, Little Toot, Line Shaft Machine Works, Blacksmiths and Large Gas Engines. 

Look forward to seeing you at BBQ!  The BBQ is sold out!

Bud Burdy



As the 2020 show season comes to an end I must inform you of the cancellation of the "Time of Harvest." At the beginning of the Covid-19 situation, back in the spring  it was the vision of the organization that the " Time of Harvest" would be our big show to close 2020. The weight on the board members of Rough and Tumble to cancel such events has been daunting and when you see them around thank them. The common thread in these discussion is "Rough and Tumble" does not want to be an incubator spreading Covid to membership and our community. 

Moving forward, I am excited to end the 2020 season with our Annual Meeting/ BBQ  26 September. 
See you at the BBQ,

Bud Burdy
President R&T



Hope this finds you well.
With Lancaster County moving to the Green Phase we will return the gate code to Pre Covid numeric code tomorrow 30 June. The temporary code will remain in place for one week. The restrictions for scheduling work and a 25 person maximum occupancy are lifted. R&T will return to normal workday 4 of July, but kitchen will remain closed  due to a combination of Covid -19 restrictions and ongoing construction.

I would like to thank everyone for their support in these unique times. Please keep the processes in place to keep us all safe.

Keeping it Old School,
Bud Burdy
President R&T  

Board Members and Officers,
We will have our scheduled July board meeting 3 July at 7pm in the kitchen. Please bring a lawn chair if you would like enjoy the meeting in comfort.
We will practice social distancing, wear masks, I will speak into my plexiglass shield and provide sanitizer. I will try to keep meeting short.
Struggling with the New Normal,
Bud Burdy


On June 6, the Board of Rough and Tumble met to discuss the upcoming events working within the CDC guidelines and meeting the state requirements for yellow / green phase.

After much heartfelt discussion the 72th Annual Thresherman's Reunion August 12th-15th, R&T Tractor Pulls June 27 and John Deere Days July 24th&25th are cancelled. This was not an easy decision, but the safety of our  volunteers, members and visitors is our first concern. To operate the show safely would have been a daunting task due to CDC guidelines and Commonwealth restrictions.  The Board  is discussing the possibility of making the Time of Harvest show October 9th&10 a larger event if restrictions are lifted. 

On a related topic, in the yellow phase we will allow work at R&T to continue for groups. We are presently allowing 25 people on the property at one time if we follow the yellow phase guidelines. The group count will be maintained by a schedule that I will monitor.  If your group would like to work at R&T, simply have your group leader give me  a call, text or email with the following information 1) Dates you want to work, 2) Number of volunteers 3) Work to be performed. When your time slot is verified I will provide the group leader a temporary gate code. Bathrooms on the property will remain closed, but porta-potties are available.

Preserving Our Heritage,
Bud Burdy
President R&T




In anticipation of Lancaster County being in Yellow Phase by 5 June we hold a Steering and Board Meeting on the grounds of R&T 6 June. The meeting will be limited to R&T Officers, Directors and Steering Committee(or special invite of president) to keep the group size under 25. Both meetings will be held in the R&T kitchen. The tables will cleaned prior to meeting. We will wear masks and practice social distancing. Members with medical conditions or those not feeling well are asked to stay home. Those attending meeting(s) are encouraged to bring lawn chair if this adds to your comfort level. Gate will be opened at 12 noon.

-12:15 Steering Committee 6 June

-1:00 PM Board Meeting 6 June

Contact me with any questions or concerns.

Moving Forward,

Bud Burdy R&T President


Looks like a light at the end of the tunnel...hope it is not the SHAY. 

Governor Wolf has mentioned that Lancaster County possibly going to yellow phase on 5 June.
I consider this positive news, we will continue to update the website as the situation unfolds.

Our key concern at R&T will be the safety and welfare of our volunteers and guest during the change of phases.
Keep Safe,
Bud Burdy RT& President

-June Tractor Pull and John Deere Event remain on calendar unchanged
-June Workday cancelled and any non essential work on R&T grounds until after R&T board meets 6/6/2020
-June 6 R&T Steering Committee 12:15 PM (if in yellow phase)
-June 6 R&T Board Meeting 1 PM in kitchen(if in yellow phase) with doors open, social distancing and mask(s)
              if still red phase group conference call, details to be posted


 Rough and Tumble has just received word from the IHCC of SE PA Chapter that the International Harvester Show Friday and Saturday June 26-27 2020 has been cancelled. At this time the R&T Tractor Pull for Saturday June 27th is still on the schedule.


I pray that all of you are doing well in these daunting times.
As Americans we must remain positive and confident that this will pass.

This week we learned that Lancaster County will remain in the "Red Phase" In support of Governor Wolf's "Stay at Home Order". R&T will remain closed until 4 June.

I am going to refrain from cancelling the June Board Meeting June 5th and the June Workday June 6th for a few weeks to see how things unfold.

Due to the duration of closure and our inability to prepare for closure, feel free to contact me if you need stabilize your machinery.

As an organization lets focus all our energy on the reunion being the "Best Ever"!

Preserving our Heritage,
Bud Burdy R&T President


I hope that you and your family are doing well in insolation.If you are still working...I hope you are being safe!

In support of Governor Wolf's "Stay at Home Order" R&T will remain closed until 8 May. To abide by the Governor's order we will be cancelling the May Board Meeting May 1st and the May Workday May 2nd. 

As an organization lets focus all our energy on the reunion being the "Best Ever"! 
Watch our Smoke,
Bud Burdy R&T President


In the effort to control the COVID-19 virus, protect our membership and support Governor Wolf's stay at home mandate that has been extended to Lancaster County, the facilities of Rough and Tumble will be closed until April 30, 2020. If Governor Wolf extends the "Stay at Home" mandate in Lancaster County, Rough and Tumble will remain closed until the restriction is lifted. The Antique Tractor Pull Scheduled for April 25th and Spring Steam-up May 8-9th has been Cancelled!  2020 Steam  School will be postponed until May 15th and 16th, 2021. The 2020 Gas Engine School is posponed until a future date.

To reduce exposure of the COVID-19 virus the gate code at R&T will be changed to eliminate non critical entrance on the grounds. If you have an emergency need to enter the grounds contact Steve McCoy at 484.716.0682 or Bud Burdy at 610.850.5404  More PA Information is available here.

Please keep healthy and share your R&T kindness with others.
Bud Burdy   R&T President