A First of, Hopefully, Many, in Moundsville, West Virginia

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9085 Columbus Road Louisville, Ohio 44641-8500

I just had to write and spread the word about a new show that I attended on June 29, 1996. Yes, you guessed it right, in Moundsville, West Virginia.

This is a new club Gary Shreve started within the last year. You have heard the old saying, 'small, but mighty,' well, that fits this group of people.

The group has taken over the old city park. It was all grown over with weeds and brush. The group went in there and cleaned the area completely and seeded new grass. The picnic shelter needed a new roof; the kitchen was brought up to date; new plumbing was installed and they installed electric wiring. They even added electric hookups for a few early campers.

The ladies were right there with their men, putting out some great meals. They served a breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy. Lunch was the usual sandwich menu. For supper they filled your plate with enough spaghetti and meatballs for two! Also, there were great homemade pies and cakes. Great work, ladies!

Now, what you fellows have been waiting to hear about: There were exhibitors from four states with a total of 178 engines; a few tractors; old related railroad items and some old farm related equipment.

The talk of the show was this very rare engine that no one had seen before. The guess was that it may be a railroad engine. It has not been run for years, but after working on it for a while, I was able to get it running. This sure surprised its owner and everyone else.

A local town boyten-year-old Mattspent a few days at the park working right along with the members. For his good work he was rewarded with his very own Maytag engine by Gary Shreve! They now have a very proud young member with gas engine fever.

Congratulations, Marshall County Antique Power Association on a very good first show!

We're all looking forward to next June for a bigger and better show. See you there!