Mountain Reflections

The Engines

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Rt 5, Box 375 Boone, North Carolina 28607

Nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains and near the Blue Ridge Parkway lies Boone, North Carolina, the site of the twelth annual High Country Crank-Up. Last year's show was held July 26-28, 1991, at the local fairgrounds and was sponsored by the Carolina Fly-Wheelers Club. The club has 38 members and meets monthly at different member's homes.

Last year's event featured a wide variety of engines from steam engines to tractors and 'hit and miss' gas engines. The following items were registered: 303 gas engines, 24 models, 17 tractors, five steam engines, four toy displays, and two washing machines. Also featured were an engine related auction, several antique tool displays, a flea market, food, crafts, and a Sunday morning church service:

The show proved to be a 'Blast from the Past' as both collectors and spectators alike could see in operation: corn meal grinding, model engines, tractors, shingle mill, hit and miss engines, log saws, steam engines, and more.

The hills rumbled with thunder as typical summer showers raged after what had been a hot, dry season. Not many complaints were heard, hopefully because of the need for rain. And serious collectors did not seem to take much notice of the rains. Rain or shine, fair weather or foul, engine shows must 'chug' on.

The dates for the thirteenth show have been set for July 24, 25, and 26, 1992, at the High Country Fairgrounds just off Highway 421, east of Boone. For further information contact either Ray Scholl (704) 297-4406 or Mack Hodges (704) 264-2196.