1997 Boone Crank-Up Highlights

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Sec. Boone, North Carolina, Crank-Up 3841 Highway 421 S. Boone, North Carolina 28607

On this cozy winter's day as I look out the window, I think back to our last show and write this report. It's not too difficult to imagine that it won't be long until it's show time again. (That thought surely does make the blustery wind and snow more tolerable, doesn't it?) I suppose the reason for remembering our last show so fondly is because we always have such a good time. As I use the word 'we,' I think that pretty much describes most everyone, club members and other exhibitors.

Our club works hard and puts so much of themselves into the show. They think that it is important to make people feel welcome and at home. We want people to be able to relax and enjoy the show, as well as the beautiful surroundings. Our show strives to bring the simplicity of the past to the convenience of today; a way to honour the past while participating in the present. This was pointed out so well to us by Rev. Richard Holshouser during our Sunday morning worship service last year when he said that he had this show thing all figured out. He said, 'The engine show is just an excuse for the owners to get together for a reunion; they sit, talk and visit while they listen to their engines run.'

The Boone Show usually has something different every year. I believe these events are sometimes planned, and sometimes amazingly, they are spontaneous. For instance, this past year we were fortunate to have, in addition to all the antique farm machinery and tools, engines, steam stuff, tractors, antique cars, etc., Kenneth Gochenour, a local Park Ranger who did a live demonstration on Friday and Saturday of rail splitting. This was most interesting and received a lot of attention. When he finished splitting the logs, he then stacked them into an actual split rail fence. He told us that he learned how to do this in the sixties.

At the end of the show, a niece of mine and her family, received most of the rails. The rails were loaded onto a pick-up truck, taken on about a two-hour drive, and unloaded. She wrote me a note a short time later saying that they finally got the logs arranged into a fence, that it was a real chore, and it sure wasn't as easy as that guy made it look! They arranged them, and re-arranged and re-arranged!

Another 'hot event' was the tractor parade. Last year they were joined by the Antique Car Club of Hickory, North Carolina, plus other classic cars and trucks. We even had three generations of avid John Deere enthusiasts in the parade.

Mack Hodges, our club treasurer, drove his 1940 Model 'L' John Deere tractor while pulling a cart with daughter, Lisa Watson and two-year-old grandson, Garrett, behind.

Another outstanding participant in the Saturday afternoon parade was Brent Terry of Elizabethton, Tennessee, in what he described as 'the Classic Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang Car.'

Of course, there's also the regulars, such as the Hodges clan, Kyle, John and Mack, who do frequent corn meal grinding demonstrations, as a tribute to their father, Frank Hodges, who got them started in this hobby. The cornmeal is used by Mrs. Kyle (Brenda) and Mrs. Mack (Linda) and others in the food service area to make fresh, hot cornbread. This is a favorite menu item along with their pinto beans and chow-chow.

Although hurricane Danny and a flash flood watch were threats the week of our show, the weather was sunny and hot. Due to the beautiful weather, many of us wore a farmer's tan evidence of sun on exposed areas. However Sunday morning, I wakened to the sound of a gentle rain. The fog and drizzle cleared by mid-afternoon as everyone packed up and headed for home (or the next show). I guess we just had to have a little 'liquid sunshine' to make us appreciate the other kind.

My husband, John, always enjoys telling people that the Carolina Fly-Wheelers Engine Club puts on a clean show; it usually rains sometime during the show and washes everything clean!

Boone is a great place to be! Our mountains are beautiful no matter what the season, no matter what the weather, no matter what time of day, or which area you're in. There is always something going on in the High Country from the traditional events, such as Horn in the West (America's third oldest consecutive running outdoor drama) to the first Herbal Festival. A slogan at the Horn in the West grounds reads, 'Saving yesterday for tomorrow,' which ties in beautifully with what we're all about.

Nicole Wise, along with her family, of Stanford, Connecticut, recently visited our area for a skiing vacation. She later published an article entitled, 'Great Little Snow Towns' in the November, 1997 issue of Family Fun Magazine. She says that Boone is a hidden gem because 'it's an hour and a half drive from any major Interstate or the nearest major airport.'

Although we may be a little difficult to get to, we think you would enjoy our show once you do get here. Come join us for the nineteenth annual High Country Crank-Up and have a mountaintop adventure, 'step back into a time when life was a lot less complicated.' The High Country Crank-Up, July 24, 25 and 26 will bring the joys of July to an end. The fairgrounds/raceway grounds will open on Thursday. For more information contact: Ray Scholl at 704-297-4406 or Betty Hodges 704-264-4977.

Please also see our ad in the 1998 Steam and Gas Show Directory.