Leonard Bruns

Leonard Bruns' 60 Best at the 1990 show.

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M.R.V.S.E.A. President Route 2, Box 84A, California, MO 65018.

The Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association of Boonville, Missouri hosted its 27th annual Action Show September 6-9, 1990.

Ideal weather and pleasant temperatures put the finishing touches on a nearly perfect show year and our all time record show. Nearly 5,000 spectators and exhibitors gathered for the four day event. Nichols and Shepard was the featured steam engine. In all about 25 engines and models were shown and worked. Oliver/Hart Parr tractors were featured. Nearly 250 tractors were displayed and/or took part in our pulls (classic, antique rubber and antique steel classes). Monitor gas engines were featured. An impressive display of nearly 500 engines of various types and sizes were displayed and run. Draft horses were everywhere, horse farming in the fields and in competition in our first-ever Draft Horse Pull. Children were entertained with the Pedal Pull, riding ponies and our miniature train. Everyone enjoyed the lift of our ride wagons touring the grounds with stops at the engine area, tractor area, threshing/baling area, steam area and sawmill. We had an unusually good turnout this year on craft demonstrations: weaving, glass blowing, broom making, shingle splitting, cider making, apple butter making, pork rind making, spinning, blacksmithing, rope making, woodworking, wood carving, etc. Flea markets and part vendors abounded. The sawmill as usual operated almost continuously, putting on quite a show. Threshing, baling, plowing, and rock crushing demonstrations were also given daily. Our second old time Fiddling Contest was a resounding success in 'the barn.' Church services, the Sunday Antique Car and Truck Show, and the new big engine museum rounded out the show. Another new event called 'Diversified Farm Animal Displays' debuted this year. Irish Dexter cattle, Katadhin, St. Croix, Barbadoes hair sheep, Black Welch sheep, pot-bellied pigs, Nigerian Dwarf and Tennessee Fainting goats all kept visitors spellbound and amazed with their attributes and their rarity. Parades? Oh yes! We did have daily parades. Saturday's parade was two hours and 35 minutes long. You name it, we had it and our announcers told you about it too. The grandstand was full for its entire length. If you were hungry, the Knights of Columbus 1061 were serving old time threshers meals, or the Cooper County Youth Fair had short orders. As you might guess, we had quite a show again this year and we're extremely proud of this accomplishment. One of the best things was seeing our old friends and making new ones.

One might ask how we keep on growing bigger and better each year. Our membership is now over 200 families, and three of our last four shows have been records. We believe and operate by a few simple basic principles.

1.  'Preserving our Historic Agricultural Past for the Future'.

2. Having as many diversified events, going on at the same time, as we possibly can.

3.  Being the friendliest show going. We've always got time to visit.

4. Advance planning.

5. Hard work.

Won't you continue to grow with us? Our second annual Spring Swap Meet/Tractor Pulls will be held April 27 & 28, 1991 and our 28th Annual Action Show will be held September 5-8, 1991. Everyone is always welcome. We hope to see you there.