A report from the Zanesville Ohio steam and gas engine show.
The Muskingum Valley Threshers Association of Zanesville held their first Ohio steam and gas engine show in 1963 at the Bowden Farm. At that show we had only 2 steam engines and a number of gas tractors and gas engines. All three days the machines were kept busy. We had threshing, baling, and running the fan. Since then our show has grown a little each year.
Our 1966 show, we thought; was the best year yet. We had 6 steam traction engines, a good number of gas tractors and gas engines, a saw mill, and several pieces of old farm machinery.
The steam engines and owners are as follows: 9 hp Case, W. C. Dunlap, New Athens, Ohio; 12 hp Russell, Bill Waxier, Zanesville, Ohio; 12 hp Peerless, Herbert Holmes, Moundsville, West Virginia; 14 hp Frick, Raymond Laizure, Cadiz, Ohio; 20 hp Russell, Charles Harrison, Scio, Ohio; and a 24 hp Minneapolis, Lewis Dittoe, Dresden, Ohio.
Activities included threshing, baling, saw milling, grinding cornmeal on a stone burr mill and running the fan. A pony pull was held on Saturday night.
Our thanks go out to the Stump-town Steam Threshers Club of Cadiz, who helped to make our show successful. We also want to thank Reverend Guy Smith, who was on hand to lead church services Sunday morning, although we were not able to hold them due to rain.
We are starting to plan for our 1967 show which will be August 11, 12 and 13th. Our show grounds are located on Muskingum county road 64, between state routes 93 and 76. We want to extend a cordial invitation to everyone to be with us then for what we hope will be a bigger and better show.
The 1967 annual Spring "Gas-up" of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. will be held at the Carnival grounds in Fairville on Route 88, Newark, N.Y. This will be an all day get together open to the public. No admission. Lunch will be available on the grounds. A new feature this year will be an auction. This will include gas engines, parts, dishes, fancy work and baked goods. All donations will be accepted. All proceeds to go to the club.