Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association

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Member, Board of Directors 901 Thistle Ridge Court Arlington, TX 76017

The 38th annual EDGE&TA National Show was held June 13 and 14, 1998 at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds in Chowchilla, California, and was hosted by Branch 18. Our hats off to Branch President Jim Moore and his fellow club members for their hard work and attention to every detail. This was made evident by all the great comments that I heard. Other branches that helped were 3, 6, 8, 13, 22, 30 and 63.

It was announced that there were 145 tractors and 390 gas engines on display. Besides the above mentioned, there were craft booths, a swap meet, thrashing, equipment parade, and my personal favorite, a Farmall C with two engines, two transmissions and two rear ends. A very interesting piece of equipment. I only wished I could have talked to its owner.

Many clubs were raffling off small gas engines and other items as fund-raisers. Branch 18 was raffling off a Massey-Harris tractor. The drawing was held during the National meeting, and you might know the branch president, Jim Moore, pulled his name from the hopper! Being the gentleman that he is, he redrew a new name and a new winner was picked.

In case you are wondering why I am writing the GEM report, my very good friend, Charley Stark, who used to send in this article, has stepped down from the National Board of Directors and left this job to me. Our best wishes are with Charley and Betty.

My next report will be about some of the regionals held during the 1998 show season.