On Saturday morning, Sept. 25, 2004, things in Jamestown, N.C., will be a little different than the normal routine. This quiet, but fast-growing little town will take a step back in time. It will relive a time when things were a little slower paced - a time when our machines weren't run by a computer, and our engines weren't propelled by jet fuel.
As the Jamestown-Union Hill Lion's Club kicks off its Yesteryear in Motion, people of all ages will gather at Willard Moore's farm for the 32nd annual event. Everybody will have their own preference as to what draws them back each year: It may be the hum of an old engine or the smell of bellowing smoke. It may be the music and dancing, or it may be the simplicity of an almost forgotten era that stands in contrast to our busy, modern times. But for whatever reason, people come back each year to share their love for engines both big and small.
As the years pass by, each year we have a few less of our elders to remind us of our shared history. Yesteryear is becoming an urgency for those of us eager to remember. It's an urgency to teach the younger generation what it's all about before the arts, the crafts and the history of old machines are lost. At the Yesteryear show, we try to find things that excite our young children, and we have hit on three or four that are great ways to share it with them. A large group of kids take part in our corn shuckings. It's amazing to watch the face of a 4-year-old who's never held an ear of corn in his or her hand and to show how to shuck it.
We also have a corn sheller, and the kids race to see who can shell the most corn. They also like to show their strength and speed in the log-sawing contest. They love the old-fashioned ice cream that's sold at Yesteryear, as well.
All the kids especially love the 'Huey, Duey and Louie Duck Train.' About 20 years ago, Joe Moore made a donation to the Lion's Club, which covered most of the amount needed to purchase a used 10 HP lawn tractor. Willard Moore had a vision for this tractor and took his idea to Bob Rodriquez, a local artist and painter. Bob drew the pattern for the ducks, Willard cut them out of wood, and Bob painted what we affectionately call the 'Duck Train.' The Duck Train is a hit at Yesteryear, but the joy rides don't stop there. The 'Ducks' have traveled to other antique machinery shows, church fundraisers, fundraisers for cancer patients and are always a hit in the Jamestown Christmas Parade. Keep your eyes open - you never know where you will find horsepower. Sometimes - it's in a duck.
Please help us celebrate the machinery and lifestyles of all the men and women who helped shape America in its early years by teaching the children a little bit about it. It's our duty to pass it along before it's too late. The 32nd Annual Yesteryear in Motion will be held Sept. 25, 2004, in Jamestown, N.C. The show is located between Interstate 85 and Interstate 40, near Greensboro. For more information, contact Willard Moore at: 3139 Dillon Road, Jamestown, NC 27282; (336) 454-1958.
Dean Jordan is a member of the Jamestown-Union Hill Lions Club. Contact him at: 7814 Woodpark Drive, High Point, NC 27265; (336) 454-2056.