R.R.1, Chilhowee, Missouri 64733
The Chilhowee Antique Farm Machinery Collectors Organization held its first annual Fall Harvest Festival, September 23, 24, 25, 1983 on the Gordon Stegner farm, east of Chilhowee, Missouri. The weather started off beautiful on Friday and Saturday, but then a rain shower dampened things Saturday night. Sunday dawned cloudy, cool and damp, but by the middle of the day it was partly cloudy and much warmer.
CAFMCO hosted about 750 paid admittances and many children under age 12 who got in free. We had guests from Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Kansas and all over Missouri. Each helped to make this show a success.
Gerald Wagoner and Bob Seeley of rural Warrensburg, Missouri, each had a trailer load of old stationary gas engines. Several others brought in engines to display as well.
Mr. Haston St. Clair, of Holden, Missouri, well known by many steam enthusiasts throughout the country, displayed his 13 HP Reeves steam engine. Thank you to Mr. St. Clair for his efforts and to his engineer David Jowett. This engine delighted many and it is beautifully restored.
Mr. Leonard Mothers Baugh of Windsor was present all three days with his Belgian horses and several pieces of horse drawn equipment. He pulled our bundle wagons, the corn and sorghum cutter, the horse-powered feed grinder and did some plowing of wheat stubble.
We threshed oats and baled some of the straw. We squeezed sorghum cane and cooked down the molasses. We had a stationary feed chopper set up and chopping corn. We also buzzed some wood for the steam engine.
Saturday afternoon the thirty-four antique tractors pulled, for everyone's enjoyment. Both steel-wheeled and rubber-tired tractors were allowed, as were several classic models. Following the tractor pull, the kids had a pedal pull. This proved to be as much of a delight to the parents and others as anything else.
Sunday morning was cool and damp, but a tent was available for our church services. It was full for the worship service and afterwards a local music group performed country gospel music for a standing room only crowd.
Again on Sunday afternoon some of our members pulled their antique tractors. We also had a fast-start competition and a slow race. Awards were given to Mr. St. Clair for having the oldest steam traction engine present, to Gordon Stegner for having the oldest fuel tractor, a 1919 Rumely Oil-Pull 16-30 and to Mr. Nolan Dyer for the best restored farm tractor, a 1926 (D' John Deere.
ALL TOGETHER was the key to the success of the show and we had many pleasant comments on the way the group worked together. A special thanks to all the wives and mothers, who played a big part in helping us put on and enjoy the weekend show. Each evening after things wound down a bonfire weiner roast with music was enjoyed by all who wished to participate.
The dates for the 1984 show are set for September 21, 22, 23. Work is already underway to expand our exhibits and improve our facilities.
And from me a special thank you to all who helped in any way to make the show a real success.