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Sec.Rt 2, Box 153 Cambridge, Illinois 61238

The weekend of June 18 and 19, 1988 was a very busy weekend at Mildred Ringberg and her son Robert's farm south of Woodhull, Illinois. The Edwards River Antique Engine Association held the third annual show.

The featured tractor for '88 was a 1937 Twin City J T U owned by Dale Casteel of Cambridge, Illinois. The tractor was completely restored by Dale. He says it is 'just like Dad's'.

The featured engine for '88 was an Ever-Ready owned and completely restored by Bill McGlaughlin of Matherville, Illinois. It sure runs good too. Bill is very proud of this engine. The Ever-Ready is a 1911.

There was something for everyone at our show. We had flea markets with all sorts of goodies. There were 76 engines on display, doing various jobs such as grinding corn, crushing cans, pumping water, baling straw and running fans. There were several small homemade engines, also.

We had about 90 tractors, which made for a fantastic parade both afternoons. There was corn shelling out of the crib and plowing in the field both days also. Some of the tractors took a turn on the big fan. The big Case steam engine was a hit with everyone.

The children at the show had a big time on Saturday. The kiddie tractor pull was very well attended with lots of fun and prizes. Everyone had fun petting the llamas and looking at the ponies.

The Edwards River Antique Engine Association takes a lot of pride in its members who get right in there to have a good time at the games we play every year. Some of us get cooled off when we played the water pitcher race. We also had the usual coverall race and the slow race. We have a new one to try this year.

After a ham and bean supper, cooked on a steam engine, for our exhibitors, we enjoyed entertainment by the High Society Band.

On Sunday morning we had a pancake breakfast that was well attended. We are planning to do that again this year. Later in the day we held a raffle for a stained glass lamp, made by Jon Brodd. We are planning on having a raffle again this year also.

Since the '88 show was the last year for us to be at the Ringberg farm we were happy it was such a success. We really appreciate the fact that Bob and his mother allowed us to have the show there for the past three years.

The Edwards River Antique Engine Association Show for 1989 will be at the New Windsor, Illinois Fairgrounds, located west of I-74 on Route 17. The show will be held June 17-18, 1989.