32nd Annual STEAM-O-RAMA

Blackhawk 40

Blackhawk 40 formerly owned by President Eisenhower.

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R.D.#3, Box 268, Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356.

On September 28, 29, 30 and October 1, 1989 the Early American Steam Engine & Old Equipment Society held their 32nd annual Steam-O-Rama at their show grounds located just outside of Windsor, Pennsylvania.

Beautiful weather permitted one of the best shows to date. There were daily demonstrations of sawmilling, burr milling, shingle milling, stone crushing, threshing, baling & blacksmithing. The Baker fan and dynomometer were also available for any tractor at the show to 'show' their stuff.

The featured item at the show was the Capital Engine manufactured by C. H. A. Dissinger of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania which is approximately five miles from the show grounds. On hand were Mr. Dissinger's daughter and granddaughter who were given a show plaque with the engine's picture. Besides the engine pictured on the plaque, there was another Capital engine, as well as a Faulker, a few Yorks and several other more common gas engines. Many items exhibited at the show brought a variety of comments from exhibitors and guests. Exhibited items included steam engines, crawlers, gas engines, old saws, hay forks, cream separators, horse drawn equipment, antique cars, a fire truck, calliope, tractors (including Pres. Dwight Eisenhower's Black Hawk 40), and many other items.

In an attempt to entertain everyone at the show, besides the many flea market exhibitors, this year was the first for several contests open to anyone attending the show. These contests included a slow tractor race, tobacco spitting, two man cross cut sawing and a pedal tractor pull for children and adults. Prizes were awarded and both observers and contestants had an enjoyable time.

As with every show, one of the highlights for everyone in attendance was the large selection of homemade food. You could watch the apple butter, scrapple and corn meal, as well as kettles of soup, being made, and then go to the kitchen and purchase them as well as several other food entrees and desserts.

Plans are already underway for next year's show which we anticipate will be even bigger and better. There were many equipment manufacturers in the York area in the early 1900's, helping to give our show not only antique equipment interest, but a touch of local color as well.