2714 Cedar Crest Drive Independence, Missouri 64057
At the membership meeting following the 1994 Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Show, there were some very happy (and tired) members. The reason for all the smiles was the record turnout at the '94 show. There were more visitors, more exhibitors and more activity to entertain than at any previous show.
As in the past, there were new additions to the grounds. The swinging foot bridge across Buzz Creek got lots of attention from just about every youngster who saw it. (And also some of us who aren't so young.) An old log cabin had been moved and rebuilt on the northwest corner of the grounds. Steve Hanson and Scott Emmons were busy reassembling another one that had been moved from near Pleasant Gap.
I found out that the reason the grass looked so good was that it gets cut almost every week. About a dozen or so members meet after work on Friday evenings to keep it looking like their own backyards.
Featuring several tractors of low production added up to more tractors being shown than ever before. Among them were Graham Bradley, Silver King, Cockshutt and Samson. There was a near record number of gas engines. Galloway was featured.
A really hardworking bunch of gals makes up the ladies auxiliary. The same lady who served me pancakes at breakfast was making my sundae at the ice cream parlor in the afternoon. And she was still smiling!
A hog roast, pedal tractor pull, talent contest, country music show, buggy rides and tractor pulls were just some of the activities folks could see or participate in.
The old Mulberry Church was full to capacity for Sunday morning services. Song service, special music and preaching were conducted by folks from Calvary Baptist Church in Adrian.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, several thousand lights were turned on that decorated most of the buildings in Frontier Village. There were motion lights on a tractor and thresher as the belts appeared to be turning and straw showered to the ground. A blacksmith swinging a hammer, and lights on the windmill and bridge were really something to see. The ladies still busy as ever made and served hot chocolate and cookies to everyone who came. There were also buggy rides and it was all free.
Another year of fun in Adrian, Missouri is over, but the 1995 show will soon be here, July 28-30, 1995. See you then!