Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Engine Show

Shingle machine

Photo courtesy of Richard Vanemrik.

Richard Vanemrik

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7685 County Route 13 Bath, New York 14810-7904

Just a few miles south of Watkins Glen, New York, on State Route 14 in Millport, New York, at Frank Johnson's place the annual Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Engine show takes place over July Fourth weekend. Last year the dates were July 1,2,3,2000.

Frank, his family, and friends organized the first benefit engine show at another location in 1993, as a way of giving back to the community. They chose MD and 'Jerry's Kids' as beneficiaries to receive any money they raise. Louise Palmer, Frank's sister, took charge of the food concession. The first show was a success and all the shows since have been successful.

This informal group chose the July Fourth holiday for the 1996 show. July Fourth holiday has been the date ever since. The participants include collectors of engines, tractors, trucks, cars, models, toys, tools, antique equipment, flea market folks, and the 'Crickside Bluegrass Musicians,' as well as the volunteer workers. The 2000 benefit had about 200 exhibitors and campers.

Activities include a kiddie tractor pull, for fun only tractor pull, tractor and equipment parades, sawing lumber, shingle making on a 100 year old Ireland shingle machine, auction, chicken barbecue, bluegrass music in the evening, gospels and hymns at Sunday morning worship service, and good food available at all times.

Henry Offer mann making shingles with an A. B. Ireland shingle machine.

Norm Westervelt's 1937 Silver King providing power for the shingle machine.

The 2000 show raised about $3,000 for Muscular Dystrophy from donations, auction, food sales, 50/50 drawings, and raffles. There is a pleasant creek at the rear of the show grounds, off road parking, lots of space for exhibits and demonstrations. Please stop by and join us on June 29, 30, and July 1, 2001.

For additional information call Frank Johnson at 607-535-2261.