1713 E. Walnut Enid, Oklahoma 73701
Clear skies and warm temperatures greeted the 6th Annual Gas Engine & Tractor Show held Saturday, October 7, 1989. We all remembered last year and being rainy and cool all day long with the day's events being held under a shelter.
This year's show had good participation with a variety of old equipment being exhibited, including our first full sized steam traction engine from Fair-view, Oklahoma. David and Henry Martens brought their 1912 Nichols & Shepard and had it fired up to steam around the area during the course of the show. Along with the usual variety of antique engines, we had an excellent assortment of tractors and a number of Model T Fords from the area Model T Ford enthusiasts. Two new people exhibited equipment at this year's show: Herman Moore with his Minneapolis-Moline Model U diesel, and Lloyd Klassen with an F-14 McCormick-Deering, 1956 Chevrolet 1 ton truck, and an LB Mc- Cormick- Deering engine. We look for their return next year.
The noon hour brought a real treat. Fourteen pounds of beans were cooked by Esther Corley, Mary Oiler, Suzanna Vogt, Gary Phipps and Marilyn Cooper. Along with corn bread, the beans were consumed by the exhibitors and their families, and I believe the meal was enjoyed by everyone. The cooks did an excellent job.
Our annual King of Old Iron award was presented by George Oiler to Kenneth Fiegel of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Kenneth is well known in this area for restoring and preserving farm equipment of yesteryear. He and his wife, Mary, spend many days at shows in Kansas and Oklahoma each summer, showing and demonstrating their equipment of years past. Next year's well-deserved award is nearly decided.
A drawing was held in the afternoon with items donated by local merchants. Two toy tractors were donated by Long's John Deere of Enid, and West Side Feed Store donated a bird feeder and a bird bath sprayer. Lewis Clonts and Joseph Blakely won the tractors, with the bird feeder going to Kenneth and Mary Fiegel and the bird bath sprayer to Gil Pralle.
The last event of the day was a very unofficial slow race for tractors. Two runs were made. The first race turned out to be a clutch slipping contest before some rules were made. It was, however, a fun event and everyone had a good time.
All in all, a good time was had by all and the 6th Annual Show was declared a success, with plans being made for October 6, 1990. The sponsors wish to announce that the name of the show has been changed. The show in the future will be called Enid Antique Power.