Carolina Flywheelers 1999 Show Report

Meadows Grist Mill and Engines

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Carolina Fly-Wheelers 3841 Highway 421 South Boone, North Carolina 28607

Scale model Meadows grist mill and engines built by Garland Jobe of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Our 20th annual High Country Crank-Up was humongous to say the least, in size, numbers and fun! The crowds of exhibitors, mainly on Saturday, (which is always our biggest day) were just overwhelming-especially to those of us working the registration office and gate, as well as those directing traffic. I don't know where all those people (exhibitors) came from or where Raymond and Jody Scholl put them after they got here! They should definitely be commended for a job well-done, as always.

Don't get me wrong, we were ever so glad that they all came. I'm just saying, we were full-up! You probably noticed a very few subtle changes that we thought would help make things a little easier for our club. However, some were found favorable, while some weren't. As an exhibitor you had the opportunity to let us know how you felt about them. You'll just have to come back again this year and see how we'll be doing things this time. We can't guarantee that everything will be pleasingly perfect for you, but we will certainly try to work with you.

Thank you! Thank you! To all those who took the time to register for our 20th show. I was so pleased. Now my biggest concern in the responsibilities of club members in general. Sincere thanks to all those members taking vacation time to help work at our show. I would just like to see more involvement in attending our meetings and help with all the planning that's necessary to put on our show.

We gave our usual 'clean show' again as we had some rain on Saturday. We were able to get in our tractor parade, but the other tractor activities had to be postponed until Sunday after our church service. Now these people really had a good time! I watched several of the events. The gate race was won by Jason Brown. Jeff Hodges took first place with wagon backing, and Harry Ray took the honors for the slow race. Grandfather Joe Lawrence and grandson Joseph took first place in the balloon race and Balance Beam, respectively. Our condolences continue to be with this family concerning the death of Joe's beautiful wife, Betty, in October following a lengthy illness. Betty was one of our club members, as were the rest of her family. She did what she could to help out at our shows, deeply loved her family, and always supported them. A daughter, Donna Brown, also survives.

John Deere engine and ice cream maker owned by Brose Easterby of High Point, North Carolina.

The latest winter project of my husband John Hodges. You come up with a name for it! In the background, some nice wooden handles for sale.

Much appreciation for Lisa Watson for doing the time and record keeping of the tractor events and to Lindsey Watson and Angie Brown for 'fashioning' the award ribbons.

We are striving to do more family-type activities and trying to work with members scheduling meetings around other engine shows that they attend. Our annual club picnic was held in September. We had a good turnout of families and even better of food and fellowship. This year's train ride was in October with Cass Railroad at Whittaker Station in West Virginia. I thought Friday night at Snow Shoe was a little windy; however, Saturday was the most perfect autumn day. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a train ride! Our group spent Saturday night locally and started out Sunday morning fairly early for more sightseeing and some serious flea market hopping before going our separate ways. It was great!

Many thanks to Ronnie and Brenda White for being our guides.

Look for our 2000 show to be advertised as being two days, July 28 and 29. Don't worry that things will change. The show grounds will open Wednesday morning. Thursday will still be the setup day, the show will be Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday we will still have our church service followed by 'breaking camp.' So, for some good times in high places, a relaxed casual, laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, load your engines, pack your bags, grab your camera and take the high road for a great vacation, after making motel reservations! Come join us for this summer's show because too much fun is never enough when it comes to playing with or discussing engines and old farm machinery.

For more show information see page 548 and 190 of 2000 Steam and Gas Show Directory and/or the month of July of 'Old Farm Days Show Calendar 2000.'