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EDGE & TA Board of Directors 901 Thistle Ridge Court Arlington, Texas 76017 e-mail address:Frymastr@flash.net

Here's an update on EDGE&TA's 1998 Regional Shows.

The Northeast Regional Show took place at Fremont, Michigan, on June 12-14, was hosted by Branch 42 with Paul Jenzen as Branch President. It was a highly attended show featuring the Oliver tractors and Economy small engines with about 200 represented in each class. In addition, events such as threshing grain, hay baling, and tractor games were featured. Saturday events also included an educational parade and tractor pull. Advisor Don Esch represented the National.

The Northwest Regional Show took place on July 10-12 at Fisler, Idaho and was hosted by Branch 38 under the leadership of President Boyd Harms. Advisors Ken Green, Eldon Fogleman, together with Director Gus Peterson, were present to represent the National. This meeting was directed by Gus Peterson, and numerous questions were brought forth mainly concerning insurance coverage and future developments.

The Southeast Regional Show and meeting was held on July 18-19 at Kinsley, Kansas, under the leadership of President Ray Wetzel, and was reported as being a great show in 100-degree temperature but, very successful. The National was represented by Director Howard Hodson. The highlight of the show was the antique engine and tractor parade through the town's main street, with the Kinsley Chamber of Commerce supporting their entire program with a pleasing community spirit in action. Each exhibitor in the parade of a mile long was asked to stop at the speaker's platform with a formal introduction and explanation of his/her exhibit. The meeting was chaired by Director Hodson, who in turn was able to answer all questions which mainly pertained to insurance coverage and safety measures.

The Southwest Regional Show took place on October 9-11, hosted by Branch 27 at Paso Robles, California. Fourteen different branches were in attendance, twelve from the Southwest Region (which included eleven from the California region), one from New Mexico, and two from Idaho, Dick Wilson, National Vice President, and Ken Green, Western Advisor. Jerry McMartin, Web Master, and Menno Kliewer, National Director; were on hand to represent the National and to answer numerous questions.

Just a final word: remember, as you store all your equipment for the winter, be sure to check it for the Y2K bugs. Wouldn't want those bugs eating away plug wires, seals, and gaskets or drinking any gasoline. Hope to see you at some of the 1999 shows.

Dale Fry, National Director.