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3841 Highway 421 South Boone, North Carolina 28607

For three special days this past summer, visitors to the High Country could be reminded of days gone by, as antique enthusiasts joined together to display and crank up their engines. These engines of various shapes and sizes produced sounds that echoed through the magnificent mountain countryside of Watauga County.

The sixteenth annual High Country Crank-Up was held July 28 through 30, 1995, at the High Country Fairgrounds and Raceway in Boone, North Carolina.

What can I say? Truthfully, it was bigger and better than ever, the largest show that we've ever had and the most exhibitors. Yes, once again we had the largest number of exhibits, exhibitors and spectators. This year there were approximately 240 exhibitors. There were 410 engines, 37 tractors, four full-size steam engines, 32 models, 13 scooters, seven antique cars, as well as many other excellent displays.

Here are just a few notes of interest: an impressive display of old gas pumps and signs; the 100th made '23 model D John Deere tractor; a nice collection of watch fobs; pottery by Olivia Walker; homemade ice cream and many hand made crafts by Wanda Andrews.

Other highlights were corn meal grinding by Mack, Kyle and John Hodges; the auction with Don Johnson of Marion, North Carolina, who successfully combines humor and talent; an impromptu tractor parade around noon on Saturday organized by Rick Watson and Doug Brown; a wonderful worship and song service; potatoes baked in J. C. Green's steam engine; antique wood lathe demonstrations by Mack and Jeff Hodges; and log sawing by Lynn Castle always attracts a lot of attention.

Through the years the High Country Crank-Up has been held at several area locations. It has been using the fair grounds facility for the last five to seven years. Back in 1971, at Frontier Village in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Judy Scholl, wife of Ray Scholl, coined the term 'crank-up.' The name has become quite popular and widely used many times over.

It takes all the right ingredients to make a successful show. While we all know that EXHIBITORS make the show, many hands make the show actually work. A lot of people work behind the scenes getting things together; much work is done year round. Some times these people may not get any credit or praise, but what they do is necessary for a show to succeed. There fore, you can see why we are so proud of the Carolina Fly-wheelers Engine Club with its approximately 30 members. These members, their spouses, and family members put on the show each year. It's a lot of hard work but the end results are truly rewarding. A heartfelt thank you goes out to each of them.

Come to the top of the world, the crown of the Blue Ridge, and join us for this upcoming year's High Country Crank-Up on July 26, 27, & 28, 1996.

Boone: where the people are friendly, the weather pleasantly refreshing and the seasons ever changing. There's al ways something special happening in the High Country. Just about every High Country road leads to somewhere worthwhile. The High Country Engine Show is THE PLACE to gothere's lots to see and plenty of activities to participate in. What could be better? The Crank-Up is sponsored by Carolina Fly-Wheelers at the Fairgrounds and Raceway on Highway #421 East, Boone, NC. For more information con tact Mack Hodges, 345 Dusty Road, Boone, NC 28607, phone 704-264-2196, or, Ray Scholl, 202 Bryan Combs Road, Sugar Grove, NC 28679, phone 704-297-4406.