Bigger and Better

George Simpler

George Simpler of Montoursville with his Huber.

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R.D. # l, Box 39 Montoursville, PA 17754

The second annual reunion of the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Association, Inc. was held August 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1989 at the Lycoming County Consolidated Sports mans grounds.

The show had been advertised as 'Bigger and Better Than Ever' and that was just what it was. We nearly doubled the number of exhibitors from our first show.

We featured a portion of the largest Caterpillar collection in the East owned by George Logue of Montoursville, PA.

There were 167 antique tractors, 325 gas, steam, and hit and miss engines, 58 antique cars and trucks (including antique military vehicles), 4 steam engines (including a steam roller), an antique fire truck, and several teams of horses. Not a bad showing for our second year, right?

The weather cooperated with us fairly well. Although it was extremely hot and very humid, we did have excellent attendance.

Various demonstrations took place throughout the weekend. They included an antique sawmill and shingle mill working, antique thrashing machine in operation, stationary baler demo, and a teeter-totter demo. Other daily events included equipment parades, antique tractors and gas engines in operation, tractor pulls, work horses pulling hayrides, a bale rolling contest for the kids, and a horsehoe tournament.

We were also very fortunate to have a weight transfer sled donated to our association for use in our tractor pulls. Several work days were held to repair and paint the sled which was a real asset to our tractor pulls.

There was a large flea market which included a big toy tractor display tent and several craft people. A group from the Eastern Delaware Indian Nations held a pow-wow at our show. Our craft people included blacksmiths and a soap maker. We would very much like to have more of the early day crafts demonstrated, so if you or someone you know would be interested please contact us.

Chip Ruhl of Williamsport entertained us with his player piano, which gave an idea how families relaxed after a hard day's work using what we now call antiques.

Most of the activities are geared for the adult interests, so this year we added some contests for the children. One was a hay bale rolling contest where the kids (according to age group) rolled large round bales from a starting point to the finish line. All participants had a great time. So, bring your children and let them enter some contests-next year we plan to have a Pedal Tractor Pull.

Thanks to the cooperation and hard work of a great many people our second annual show was 'Bigger and Better'.

We hope to see you at our third annual reunion on August 3rd, 4th and 5th, 1990. For information contact Randy Brooks (717)-433-3269 or Yvonne Aikey (717) 433-3599.