801 W. Park, Lamar, Colorado 81052.
Wow, what a day! The Third Annual Lower Arkansas Valley Antique Power and Equipment Show, and the S.E. Colorado All Class Auto Club, held their show May 19, 1990 at the Lamar Community College parking lot, Lamar, Colorado. The show, still a 'baby' as shows go, grows every year. Held in conjunction with the Annual Lamar Day Celebration, it's sponsored by the Lamar Chamber of Commerce.
The day is kicked off with a two mile parade down Main Street, which is always enjoyed by a large crowd. There were approximately 40 antique cars and trucks, and 50 tractors in the parade.
Following the parade, the show at the college parking lot was also enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd. There was a wide variety of size, shape, and color. Something for everyone. This year's highlights included: 1931 JD 'GP' owned by Chet Akers; 1916 Waterloo Boy, Walt Staack; 1937 JD 'D' on full steel, Don Mayes; 1953 JD 'AR', Dean Hornbaker. Other tractors included Massey Harris, Oliver, Farmall, Allis Chalmers, Case and Caterpillar crawler.
Engine highlights included: 4 HP Cushman owned by Ed Adams; 2V2 HP Emerson-Brantingham and 7 HP Hercules, Bob Seibert; 1? HP 1912 Simplicity, Glen Torbitt. Everyone's favorite was 1VS, 3, 6, and 10 HP 'M' McCormicks mounted on a Bobtail truck, owned by Vic Homer. There was also a good selection of John Deere, IHC, Maytag and Johnson washing machine engines, Stover, Sattley, Briggs & Stratton, F-M Eclipse, and model engines.
Antique car highlights included: 1927 Chevy 1 ton vegetable truck owned by Al Robinson; 1929 Ford 'A' pickup, Ray Hayes; 1937 Ford sedan, Dennis Buhrer; 1946 Federal cattle truck, Heath & Turpin; 1942 Chevy fire truck, Lamar Fire Department. Many other makes were represented, including Chevy, Ford, Plymouth, Hudson, Studebaker, and Cadillac.
Afternoon activities included several slow and fast tractor races, poker runs, and cranking contest. Ladies enjoyed a rolling pin throwing contest, and the kids had several games of tug-of-war and hay scramble.
The evening was capped off with a 'sloppy joe' supper at our home. It's a good time to relax, visit old friends and meet new ones. We got down to serious horse trading, and before the evening was over we'd planned the 1991 show, which will be held May 18.