215 W. Bank St. Bridgewater, Virginia 22812
It was May 29th, 1982 in McGaheysville, Virginia. The weather was beautiful. It was 5:30 A.M. and I pulled in at my brother Dick's Village Market. My Moline Universal, my brother Dick's Cross Mount Minneapolis, and Ted Craun's Twin City were already lined up in the field behind the Village Market. Bob Burkholder's Waterloo Boy tractor was also there, along with a couple of John Deere tractors. There were also several flea markets waiting for daylight to spread their wares. Daylight came and other flea market dealers showed up. There was a church group that sold many baked goods. A total of 76 engines showed up. There were guys there from the other engine show areas, such as Waynesboro, Berryville, Barboursville, Madison, and Bridgewater. My brother Dick and his wife Phyllis sold hot dogs and drinks for 25 each, which was a refreshing and an enjoyable change from today's inflated prices. There was one antique car. There were many visitors throughout the day. I think word got around about that 25 hot dog!
Dick had scheduled the show for the 29th and 30th, but it was rained out on the 30th.
The first show was a great success. The show plaque read:
First Annual Village Market Antique Gas Engine Show and Flea Market, McGaheysville, Virginia, May 29th and 30th, 1982.