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Carolina Fly wheelers' Engine Club Route 5, Box 375 Boone, North Carolina 28607

During the month of July '94 the High Country experienced a rainy, soggy season. It rained 28 out of 31 days. Thankfully, it did not rain two of the three days during our show. However, visitors and exhibitors to the 15th annual High Country Crank-Up in Boone, North Carolina, had more than the weather to talk about. There were engines everywhere! This type of participation has caused experts to cast a new view at us and are referring to it as 'one of the larger shows in the South.'

Our show had the best over-all display we've ever had. We had 225 exhibitors with 24 garden tractors; 17 model engines, including a model grist mill; four full-sized steam engines; 360 gasoline engines; 23 tractors; PLUS generators, forges, chain saws, ice cream machine, lawn mowers, rope makers, tool displays, feed mills, kiddy cars, pump jacks, water rams, wood saws, washing machines, wood lathes, motor scooters, coffee mills, hog oilers, hot air engine, pedal tractors, toys, cider mills, apple peeler display, and dairy display, as well as crafts and plenty of good food.

The gas engine and antique auction was once again very aptly organized by John and Ruby Bumgarner, assisted by the Scholl family: Christy, Ray and Jody. The food booth was manned by the Ralph Herman and Ralph Haner families, plus many other devoted club members and/or their spouses. They also sold our club caps and T-shirts. Needless to say, they were always kept pretty busy.

The High Country Crank-Up also has the honor of representing four months (January, February, November, & December) of this year's show calendar done by Norman Durham of Old Farm Days in Pendleton, South Carolina. And please don't overlook the June cover story of GEM. This excellent article was written by our capable club president Ray Scholl.

With our 70 'eateries' ranging from fast food to fine dining, and 1500 first-class motel and hotel accommodations, why not make plans to attend this year's show on July 28, 29 and 30, 1995. Although there are lots of places to stay, it is most important to be sure to call ahead for reservations.

The mountains of western North Carolina host many special events and festivals, and offer a wide variety of things to do. In addition to our show, join us for some of these other activities:

July An Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University, Boone.

July 26-August 26Annual August Show Exhibition at The Jones House, downtown Boone.

July 26-August 6Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Blowing Rock.

July 28Street Dance, downtown Newland.

July 28North Carolina Symphony at Chetola, Blowing Rock.

July 28Saint Mary's Annual Tour of Homes, Blowing Rock.

July 29Nineteenth Annual On-the-Square Arts Festival, downtown Newland.

July 29-30Banner Elk Arts and Crafts Festival, Banner Elk.

For further information call Carolina Fly wheelers' coordinators Mack Hodges, (704) 264-2196, or Raymond Scholl, (704) 297-4406. For motel reservations and other events, call the Visitor Information Center at (704) 264-1299.