Caught Up In the Past

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R.R. #1, Box 107 Edwardsport, Indiana 47528

It's that time of year when we start preparing for another antique show. Winter has left its mark and the warm weather has arrived. The monthly meeting of the White River Valley Antique Association starts buzzing and everyone is full of new ideas to help improve our fall show.

Always amazing is the wonderful crowd that shows up the weekend after Labor Day at the Elnora, Indiana, show grounds. Each year the attendance is growing, and last year was no exception. Exceeding all expectations each day made everyone feel a real sense of pride.

School children are always a big source of pride to us. Also, on Fridays the nursing homes arrive and let the people reminisce on how it used to be. Both the school children and nursing homes attend compliments of the club.

The food is always a hit with ham and beans, apple butter, homemade ice cream, homemade root beer, fresh potato chips, carmel corn, plus all the other confectioneries. If cornmeal from a grist mill sounds good, you will find that close to the sorghum shack. You will not forget what time to eat, as the big steam engines signal that it is noon.

I can hear the whistles blow now, as the threshing machine starts to run and it's time to thresh wheat. That job is never complete until the stationary baler bales the straw. Oh yes, me too, I would rather play in the straw pile than to have it baled, but oh, the itch that follows! Also interesting is a two-horse treadmill that runs a threshing machine. That's what you call real horsepower.

Another engine blows its whistle as the sawmill starts up. Watching those big logs cut into nice boards is quite an attraction. The steam engine driver is quite talented and plays tunes on his whistles while the individuals are sawing the wood.

There is a log cabin with a working loom, a school house that is in session, blacksmith shop, wood shop, pioneer home, toy tractor building, small tools building, horse drawn equipment and an avenue of shops. This year a display of old toy trains will be running in the big green building.

Special interest to the ladies will be the avenue of shops, quilting, quilt display, lye soap making and a very large flea market. There is always music playing somewhere on the grounds when you decide to take a break. Just sit back and enjoy the talents of those performing for you.

Friday night is a square dance, and an antique tractor pull. Saturday night will find an array of music. Sunday morning is always a treat whenever we have our church service. We are very fortunate in having a large crowd at this service each Sunday morning. It is due in part to the great minister who comes and brings us such an inspiring message. We are also fortunate to have a good gospel group at this service.

There is plenty of parking and primitive camping. The shuttle buses will take you around whenever your feet grow weary, and rest assured they will. The best compliment that we hear all the time is how friendly and helpful everyone is at this show. We are very proud of that fact and strive to do a better job each year. Taking time to kick back and talk to folks makes it all worthwhile.

You will completely lose yourself at this show. Your watch will not be of importance as you are transpired back into time. Many of the people will be dressed in old fashioned clothing helping with the authenticity of the show. Bib overalls, straw hats, long dresses and bonnets add to the flavor of the show. For three days everyone here lives the times past, hardly having time to listen to a radio, read a newspaper or watch television.

Please make an effort to come see us September 6, 7, &. 8, 1996, at the White River Valley Antique &. Machinery Show. I don't think you will be disappointed. The show is at the fairgrounds in Elnora, Indiana. This is a very small town, so no excuse of getting lost. We are the only thing going on in town!

Pack the camper, tie up the dog, grab the kids and neighbors and head for the show. Two dollars will get you in all day. What a bargain for so much fun!

If you are disappointed with the show, just look me up and I will see what I can do. If you need more information, just give me a call at 1-812-328-2359. See ya at the show!