Carrying on Traditions ... Showing their Possessions

A Look at Some of Last Year's Shows Gets us into the Mood for a New Round in 2003

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Freeland Valley Antique Power Club Show

The 11th Annual Freeland Valley Antique Power Show held July 26-28, 2002, was a big success, with more tractors, engines, flea market vendors and people than ever before.

For the 2002 show the club featured International tractors, including Farmall and McCormick-Deering, and 80 featured tractors made the trip to the show grounds. Bessemer gas engines were the featured engine, and 35 Bessemers were on hand for attendees to view. Beyond the featured tractors and engines we had 102 tractors and more than 130 engines on display.

One goal for 2003 is to install a compressor and connect it to the 110 HP Bessemer engine that we operated in 2002, and we're also planning a new addition. The club was given a 20 HP Oil City Boiler Works engine, originally run by steam then converted to gas by South Penn Oil Co. These engines were known as half-breeds, and the Oil City engine was donated to the club by Jim Klotz, Louisville, Ohio. We plan on having the engine operating during the show.

A fine representation of IHC, McCormick-Deering and Farmall tractors were on hand for last year's Freeland Valley Antique Power Club Show held at Delmar Warne Field east of Zanesville, Ohio.

The winner of the 1951 Farmall Cub tractor we raffled off was Rick Grant, Nashport, Ohio. This year, we will raffle a Case VAC tractor. The kids pedal tractor pull was an overwhelming success, again, and we gave away a Farmall pedal tractor donated by various individuals and businesses. We had many other donations for the show, which play an important part in our show's success. There are so many people who work hard and contribute time to make our show a success. A big help is the donations of various items and money by businesses and individuals. Without this we could not be successful and grow bigger every year.

The entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was great, and attendance just keeps growing. Church service on Sunday was impressive and attendance was better than the previous year.

We always have good food provided by the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department, good homemade ice cream by Cumberland Valley 4-H Club, and soda and various other goodies by the Steak, Ham and Leg of Lamb 4-H Club.

We had various tractor games that were fun for the participants and the onlookers, including a horseshoe tournament sponsored by Blind Pigs Horseshoe Club of Ohio and North Carolina. It was a big success and some of the 'old timers' were given a run for their money by the younger pitchers. Our 12th annual show will be July 25-27, 2003, and we will feature Case and Ohio-made tractors, along with Ohio-made engines and equipment.

So for some good times, a relaxed laid-back atmosphere and friendly people, load your engines, tractors and whatever else you can bring, and take the road to our show. We have free primitive camping and electricity is available for a fee of $10 for the weekend (no air conditioners can be run), generators allowed.

Our location is Delmar Warne Field, Ohio State Route 146, 15 miles east of Zanesville, Ohio and Interstate 70, or six miles east of Chandlersville, Ohio and six miles west of Cumberland, Ohio.

Contact engine enthusiast Ronald Swope at: 58790 Claysville Road, Cambridge, OH 43725, (740) 439-0959.

Spokes and Cleats Show

By Tony Leonard

'The 11th Annual Spokes and Cleats Show was held on Aug. 9-10, 2002, in Turnersburg, N.C. The show is hosted by the Spokes and Cleats Club and is held on the property of Ron and Mary Gooden. We were blessed with two beautiful days of weather and the crowd turnout was exceptional. We have several permanent displays operating throughout the day, including a sawmill, a shingle mill and an 80 HP Bessemer engine. We also have a rock crusher and a cement mixer on hand and running during the show. Chester Bills of St. Marys, W.Va., exhibited a very nice collection of drip oilers, and the club is working on a steam engine display with hopes of having it ready sometime in the near future. Attendees and exhibitors alike were pleasantly surprised this year to find our latest addition - a modern bathhouse built by club members.

Our annual show is held on the second weekend of August, and we would like to invite everyone to our first swap meet, which will be held on the second weekend of April in 2003.

Contact engine enthusiast Tony Leonard at: 6930 Hwy. 152 East, Rockwell, NC 28138, (704) 279-5539, or e-mail:

Jim Case, Statesville, N.C, running the shingle mill at the 2002 Spokes and Cleats Show. Power comes from a 6 HP McCormick-Deering Type M.

Dale Haynes, Harmony, N.C, focuses on getting his early IHC 6 HP Titan running. A very nice, very original looking engine.

The Spokes and Cleats Club's 80 HP Bessemer. This engine, along with a sawmill and a shingle mill, is on permanent display.

Western New York Maple Festival: A Long-Standing Tradition

By Susan M. Songster Weaver

For many western New York antique gas engine enthusiasts, the Western New York Maple Festival signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The show has established itself as the first engine show of the season in this area, and it's always eagerly anticipated by attendees and exhibitors alike.

The first Western New York Maple Festival was held on April 6-7, 1962, but without any engines on hand. That first show was hosted by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and fickle spring weather nearly ruined the two-day affair, which drew in about 200 people, many showing up for the pancake and sausage dinners. The attractions at that first festival included tree tapping and tree sawing contests, and the fine art of boiling sap into syrup was also demonstrated.

The next year, the Franklinville PTA and the Western New York Maple Producers took over. A cake contest and exhibits dealing with antique and modern maple producing equipment were the main attractions that year. Attendance increased some, mostly because the pancake and sausage dinners were becoming famous. But they still did not have any engines.

Joe Krzemien, Springville, N.Y., displays his collection of steam whistles at last year's Western New York Maple Festival.

Howard Weaver, Jamestown, N.Y., had his 3 HP sideshaft Domestic set up and running at last year's show.

Even so, the festival continued on and actually grew in popularity. By its fourth year in 1966, attendance increased tenfold, and that year saw nearly 2,000 Maple Meals sold. Attractions included a parade, antiques, a car show, a 'mutt' show, a Maple Queen contest and old time country and western bands. For the Trailerite Families in the Niagara-Genesee Airstream Trailer Club, it was the first camp-out of the year. It was an amazing sight seeing those sleek, silver Airstream campers file through town, and just the sight of them got everyone excited about the Maple Festival. But still, there were no engines.

Finally, by 1968, six years after the show's birth, the Maple Festival organizers got it right -they added antique steam and gas engines to the show. A well-known local tool and die maker, Harry 'Chrit' Eaton, was appointed chairman of the first steam engine show, which included scales and full-sized engines. Adin Reynolds of Wisconsin, one of the world's largest maple producers, called the 1968 Franklinville show 'the finest in the nation.' And it was, now that they had finally included engines!

Attendance at the festival increased to 8,000 by 1970, with gas and steam engines running woodcutting and grain grinding demonstrations. Members of the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club of Alexander, N.Y., were instrumental in promoting this part of the show.

By 1973, space was at a premium. There were so many attractions, food booths and vendors that the old engine exhibits were moved to a field down the street across from the fire hall. This is where the show continues to be held today.

For a few years during the mid- to late 1980s, enthusiasm for the old engines waned, and it didn't seem like anyone really cared if we were there or not. To ensure a quality show, one where people would want to exhibit and attend, we decided to become part of the Maple Festival committee.

We soon found out that there is a lot more work to running a show than meets the eye - it involves a lot more than simply showing up. We held meetings months in advance, typed letters and mailed information to local clubs so they would know the time and date of our show. We designed plaques and buttons and prepared newspaper releases and advertisements. Once that's done you still have to 'show up' and run the show.

On the first day of the festival we usually have to scurry down to the grounds by daybreak to set things up. One of our biggest problems has been keeping people from parking in the show area, and over the years we have run into a few 'turf' wars because of limited space, but we have always managed to work things out.

The antique engine/implement part of the show is limited to Saturday only, with the grounds turned over to the car show on Sunday.

Presently, attendance for the Western New York Maple Festival is estimated to be around 20,000 people for the two-day event. That is quite an increase from the 200 attendees who showed up that first year. And while the engine show is far from huge, we usually have between 30 to 40 people displaying engines. It has become a tradition for the engine guys in the area, a time of fun and coma-raderie as old friends emerge after a winter's hibernation to visit and reminisce. As flywheels get dusted off (along with old stories) the engines are fired up. A sense of rebirth and reawakening comes with that first chuff and puff of smoke as these 'Giants of the Past' turn over. Seeing those flywheels turning puts new life not only into those engines, but also into the guys who love to see them run. It is a good thing.

The 2003 show date is April 27. For more information about the Western New York Maple Festival in Franklinville, N.Y., contact Howard Weaver at (716) 484-2028, or e-mail:

Contact engine enthusiast Susan M. Songster Weaver at: 170 Lakeside Boulevard, Jamestown, NY 14701.

Northwest Antique Power Association

By John M. Edgerton

Once again our show was a success, with gate receipts covering our expenses and even supplying a little leftover to put on this year's Northwest Antique Power Association Show on Sept. 6-7, 2003, outside of Columbia Falls, Mont.

For the 2002 show we had 75 tractors lined up for viewing, along with more than 130 engines, some of them busily working away pumping water or grinding corn, wheat, barley and other grains. One collector also brought along a nice collection of antique chain saws, an interesting addition to the show.

Darvin Struck, Kalispell, Mont., brought a trailer full of engines to last year's Northwest Antique Power Association Show. A Galloway Masterpiece 6 (left) shares space with a two-cylinder Novo Rollr (so named for its use of Timken roller bearings),

We signed up 12 new members to our growing membership list during the show, which gives us a total of 60 paid members. In 1994 we had 55 charter members, that number had dropped to 22 in 2002.

Starting in 2003, our club will no longer allow dogs on the show grounds. Yes, owner is responsible for his dog's behavior, but an injured person could come back and sue the club for having allowed dogs on the show grounds. Our insurance premiums are high enough without taking any more chances, so we're asking people to please leave their pets at home or in their vehicle.

We're looking forward to September and another successful show, so if you find yourself traveling through this part of Montana we encourage you to stop in and enjoy what is always a great display of antique equipment.

Contact engine enthusiast John M. Edgerton at: 27 Loon Lake Road, Bigfork, MT 59911.