The Petersville Panzer Party was a blast. Over 80 enthusiasts and approximately 40 tractors were present. Folks came from Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York. Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. This was our first two-day event. We didn't keep right on schedule but there was a lot to do. We had our first Panzer pull, rodeo of tractor games, parade with a full range of models, and a club photo of members and their tractors.
The headquarters information booth had a variety of commemorative items for sale (hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts and plaques). Ellen Haynes, Glenda Conn and Susan Heller were busy processing registrations, renewals and new memberships. Fabulous fried chicken dinners were brought in from a local diner. Several member's wives helped with distribution of approximately 50 lunches. Helpers included Anna Knicely, Roxanne Haines, Glenda Conn and Susan Heller. We were about double the size of the previous year, so we really didn't know how many to expect. The food seemed to hold out so that we were able to serve everyone.
There were several Panzer demonstration areas. The Panzer Pull was a sight to see. Several members tried pulling the stone boat provided by Dan Demers and his dad. They hauled the boat all the way from Connecticut. Bill Janitor and Dan Demers coordinated their efforts in making the Panzer Pull a fun experience. Each of them have quite a lot of pulling experience. There were two loaders demonstrated at the gravel pit site including Bob Stoltzfus' loader (driven by his son-in-law) and Michael Heller on his newly acquired Johnson loader. The loader demonstration at the gravel pit site was enjoyable to see. The Panzer 11AC1 power saw was displayed and demonstrated by Don McKenzie. This is an unusual piece. We've only seen a few in the club. It was a delight that Don could come out and set up the saw demonstration. The plowing demonstration was performed by Michael Heller at the back field which was cool to watch. Once again onlookers were amazed at how well a Panzer could plow. Ron Helman brought his adult size pedal pull tractor for the older kids.
If you stayed around for the Saturday evening slide show presentation, you would have had a few laughs. Al Hofer showed an entertaining Panzer slide presentation and also showed several humorous scenes of a Panzer grill.
We will meet at the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Spring Fling Show, April 29-30, 2000. The Panzer will be the featured tractor. Also, keep watch on the club web site for specific dates for the 4th annual Fall Panzer Party in Petersville, Maryland, October 2000.