4th Annual Freeland Valley Antique Power Show Was Great Fun


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The 4th annual Freeland Valley Antique Power Show was great this year and was great fun! At least 510 folks went through the gate on Saturday and Sunday, July 29th and 30th.

There were several travel trailers set up for the two-day event; four campers from Pennsylvania were enroute to the big Oliver show in Iowa, and there were four campers from the Bridge City Campers Club from Philo.

The food trailer was manned by members of the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department. Members of the Cumberland Valley 4-H Club cranked out 197 gallons of homemade ice cream, mostly due to the extremely hot weather. Most of the ice cream was churned by the old reliable Maytag washing machine motor. The old electric motor gave out on Saturday afternoon, thus forcing the Maytag into extra service. There was a lot of hand cranked ice cream made, too.

On Saturday morning there was a moment of silence in memory of the late Tommy Hatcher. Mr. Hatcher attended all three previous power shows and brought his hand built miniature scale Case steam traction engines.

There were a lot of antique power displays; Larry Warne brought the largest contingent of antique tractors and also had a new display of antique mowers and hand cultivators, etc.

There were a couple of interesting crawlers. Harold Pollock showed his 1929 Catterpillar crawler and Howard Ball, from Beverly, had a 1941 Cletrac crawler (bulldozer).

Danny Wolfe brought his 1924 Studebaker that had 34x5 tires and its original upholstery. And there was a 1928 Graham-Paige car. Bob Chaney, of near Norwich, brought his 1965 Ford that had previously been owned by Marion Moore.

There was a vast assortment of one lungers (hit and miss motors), plus a miniature Ferris wheel, can crusher, grain grinder, rock crusher (owned by the club).

On Sunday morning, the Rev. T. Everett Leedom gave an outstanding sermon on 'spiritual vitamins.' The vitamins we all need on a daily basis.

The Green Valley Pickers provided beautiful gospel music, once again, and we never take them for granted.

Dale Sheppard had a large collection of hand crank sausage and food grinders in the Seniors' building. All different kinds.

Roger Malvin had his large collection of O.R. & W. photos on display in the Seniors' building. Larry Warne had four corn shelters in the building too.

The Seniors' building was donated by the Central Ohio Coal Company, and was erected by members of the club just this summer. We owe the Central Ohio Coal Company many thanks.

A porch was added to the front of the old Clyde and Carrie Moore filling station building, that formerly stood close to the old Freeland store. An antique gas pump was installed under it on a concrete pad.

George Richey had his forge (blacksmith) set up near the gas station building. He burned the initials F. V. into wood shingles that were cut on the shingle mill.

Gordon Jividen had a neat belt-driven corn cracker set up.

Doug and Dianna Freeland of Wright, Wyoming, came to the show to find out who founded Freeland. They were directed to talk to longtime residents, who didn't know the origin of the hamlet of Freeland. The Post Office when first established, was called 'Freelands.'

Paul Brosie won a Maytag motor in the raffle drawing.

Plaques were awarded as follows: Gas Engines: Oldest Engine1924 model, Joe Lofink, Thornville, Ohio. Farthest distance Paul Cline, Port St. Lucie, Florida. Best of Show Raymond Hart-stine, New Comerstown, Ohio.

Cars (antique): Oldest1924 Studebaker, Danny Wolfe. Farthest distance: David Fleming, Philo, Ohio. Best of show Carl Wade, Caldwell, Ohio.

Tractors, oldest: 1925 Fordson, Greg Pryor. Farthest distance270 miles James Deskins, Sinks Grove, West Virginia. Best of Show Carl Wickham.

Antique Truck: Oldest, farthest distance, Best of Show, all went to Howard Ball, Beverly, Ohio.

In spite of the weather, many folks stayed cooler by consuming large amounts of lemonade and homemade ice cream. I know I did, at one of the premier power shows in southeastern Ohio, at Freeland Valley.