Ohio's Newest Gas Engine Shows

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Nestled in the heart of Holmes County's 'Amish Country,' Whispering Hills Recreation, Inc. was host to two of the area's largest antique gas engine and power shows during the Plain and Fancy Fair, August 6-7, 1994, and the Apple Dumpling Festival, October 8-9, 1994. In addition to the annual arts and crafts, apple butter making, cider pressing, nature displays, food, and varied entertainment, this past year a new and larger area of the 250 acre park was reserved for the antique power shows.

At the August show, 99 gas engines, 7 tractors, 18 models, and several miscellaneous related items, along with 29 featured IHC engines, were on display. During the October show, 71 exhibitors from Canada, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio displayed 178 gas engines, 8 tractors, and numerous related items. Thirty-two featured Hercules-built engines were included among the displays, thanks to the combined efforts of several individuals, but especially Wayne Boyd, Bill and Elmer Sherwin, Mike Smith, and my wife Deb. Plaques were provided to each exhibitor, with special plaques for exhibitors of featured engines. In addition, antique power show exhibitors were provided free overnight camping privileges, free Sunday lunch, and a free apple dumpling.

Located between 75 and 100 miles south of Cleveland, east of Columbus, north of Charleston, West Virginia, and west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Whispering Hills Recreation, Inc. prides itself in its quiet, natural surroundings on the edge of Ohio's glacial boundary. In addition to nearly 300 campsites, the park has a restaurant, pavilion, camp store, pool, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, horseshoes, nature trails, nature museum, hay rides, and entertainment for everyone.

Two antique power shows are again planned for 1995: during the annual Plain and Fancy Fair, August 5-6, 1995 and the annual Apple Dumpling Festival, October 7-8, 1995. Antique gas engine exhibitors are invited to attend these two-day events. The 'popping and cracking' of the engines echoing through the hills will again be a welcome sound at Whispering Hills.

Featured engine for the August 1995 show will be Stover, and for the October 1995 show it will be Fairbanks-Morse. We would like to have all our friends join us during these weekends of endless activities. Admission for the engine exhibitors and the public is free.

Anyone wishing additional information regarding the gas engine shows may write to Mike Wall, c/o Whispering Hills Recreation, Inc., P.O. Box 607, Shreve, Ohio 44676.