East Tennessee Crank Up Report

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Pres.Rt 4, Box 1645 Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643

The 17th annual East Tennessee Crank Up was held June 8-10, 1990 at the farm of Jeff and Brenda Hutchings near Johnson City, Tennessee. Jeff's farm is nestled between two mountains in the Cherokee National Forest. The weather was fine except for a brief shower Sunday morning before church services. Soon after church services the sun came out and the show resumed full operation.

Gilbert Key of Robbins, North Carolina, and his lovely wife, exhibited their nicely restored 1959 Mack truck with their homemade-ice-cream-making equipment. They have a John Deere engine that runs the ice cream freezer. Gilbert told us that the recipe he uses is an old Amish recipe from Pennsylvania, and it turned out to be the best ice cream we have ever tasted. Ferrell Hughes had his corn sheller set up along with his IHC powered grist mill. Each day he provided fresh meal for those who wanted it. Each year the crowd gathers when the 1882 Crossley slide valve engine is cranked up. It seems to be a crowd pleaser.

We had many unusual engines displayed. There were more than 30 sideshafts, including Springfield, Columbus, two Ottos, Victor made by Thomas Kane Co., four Geisers, Angola, Hamilton, Webber, and many more. Other engines of note were two Quincys, two Backus, York, Foos, Evinrude, Watkins and others.

The youth group of the Downtown Christian Church, Johnson City, provided excellent food during the show. They also manned the gates and helped out wherever needed. We had 99 exhibitors from many different states both near and far. Many different mechanical artifacts displayed gave everyone plenty to see and talk about. There was an antique fire engine, antique toys, steam engines, hot air engines, tractors, antique tools, toy tractors, models, and about 350 internal combustion engines.

This year's show will be held June 7, 8, & 9, 1991 and it promises to be even better. Gilbert Key will again bring his ice cream making freezer and Mack truck. David Oliver will be running a blacksmith forge during the show and demonstrating a stamping forge. He will also demonstrate blowing the anvil. Some very nice engines will be present to improve the quality of our show. We invite everyone interested in old iron to come be with us. We also invite engine related flea market vendors to come.

The East Tennessee Crank Up is sponsored by the East Tennessee Antique Engine Association.

For more information please contact Jeff Hutchings, Rt. 4, Box 1645, Elizabethton, TN 37643, (615) 725-3992, or Jerome Christian, Rt. 8, Box 440A, Johnson City, TN 37601, (615) 928-2556.