1996 Stonewall Antique Power Show & Swap Meet

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Jr. Route 2, Box 7N Concord, Virginia 24538

As our show opened, Friday, May 17 at 5:30 a.m., lightning was flashing and rain conning down as Larry Dowdy and the Channel 7 News crew pulled into the parking lot of the Stonewall Antique Power Association. The interview had to be moved inside because of the rain, but we had a very informative talk with George Evans, Bill Layne, Tom Schmutz, and Ernest Campbell.

Lyle Moore opened his farm and his heart to exhibitors and spectators with all kinds of exhibits and motor homes for another show and swap meet. Some people came in at least a week before the show, such as Ray Carpenter from Vermont, and 'Sarge' Jarrett and others from North Carolina. During the week other exhibitors from Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Florida, and all over Virginia came to enjoy the scenery and hospitality of the Stonewall Antique Power Association.

By Saturday, all the hard work of our president Ronnie Moore and our secretary Betty Crews and the other dedicated members began to pay off. The ladies of our club fixed an outstanding breakfast, which sold out both days (a special thanks to Wanda Harris and her ladies). The exhibitors began to pour in until the field looked like a beehive at work.

We had 70-plus antique tractors. John Deere was our featured tractor, which we had in abundance, also Case, Allis, Ford, IHC, Minneapolis-Moline, and many more, including 20 garden tractors. There were 133 antique gas engines of all kinds, corn shelling, com grinding, water pumps, also washing machines operated by hand or motorized, and 41 antique autos and trucks, and three antique motorcycles. We had a large flea market and crafts, The Flatland Cloggers from Chesapeake, Blue-grass music, The Buckingham Lining Bar Gang, and a large auction of consignment items. A church group sold baked goods, the club ladies sold beans. Another church group helped sell soft drinks. We had two parades of rolling stock. At about 5:00 p.m., it was so hot that some exhibitors and spectators began to leave, but a good time was had by all in attendance.

Sunday started off with a delicious breakfast and a very uplifting worship service by George Evans, that was enjoyed by all in the audience.

Some new exhibitors arrived, and we ' were off and running. We had train rides for the children, and two more parades of rolling stock, along with special music by a local gospel group. A drawing for $500 was held at day's end.

Our show was the biggest and best yet. I cannot begin to name all the people who helped but a few are: the Moores; the Crewes; the Andersons (Mark is a publisher of our quarterly newsletter); the Evans; the Hagers; the Wilkins (B.J. is the pretty one); the Harrises; the Millses; members who sold admission and raffle tickets; members who worked in the registration booth; the people who worked in the drink booths; members who hauled water and helped unload and load motors; and others, especially the people who greeted and thanked each exhibitor.

A special thanks to the Virginia Defense Force for parking cars, the Concord Fire Department, and the Concord Rescue Squad. It is good to see the community get involved.

I would like to thank Dr. Bell, Dr. Franz, and 'Connie' for helping this old man to see one more successful show in Stonewall.