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The 22nd Old Timers Club Show was held at the fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio, September 25-27, 1992. This year Minneapolis Moline Modern Tractor Pioneers 1870-1969, the Prairie Gold Line, was featured. As is the case with many shows, equipment started to fill the fairgrounds days before the formal opening. Russ Luse and his large staff of enthusiastic officers and helpers had planned in detail the many activities of the event.
Jim Mason was on hand early to sign in the many tractors and equipment of every make. Bud Crager was busy trying to satisfy all the craft and flea market vendors with choice exhibit places.
It did take some of the tractor collectors, like the Bobby Quigley family, several trips to get everything to the show. Quigleys have Olivers.
There was the common, and the rare, like Ron Koogler's 101 John Deere which he paid $35,000 for. Ron said in the forties the Deere Company made five experimental truck garden size tractors labeled 101 with an LA engine. These FULL VISION tractors were sent out for trial, then recalled and this now is the only one.
Interest is usually centered around the more unusual at these exhibitions, and Don Cash's I-12 roller, Dave Luttrell's 1916 Montgomery Ward T conversion and Art Sedell's 1919 Ford Conversion had many lookers. Not to be outdone, Dick Durig had his chain drive Whippett conversion. Bill Dame-wood brought his recently restored 1930 Irish Fordson with a Traction Company conversion.
A great thing with our hobby is the before and after impressions we experience. A good example of from ugly to beautiful was Wendell Anderson's MMZ which he parked by my very rare BFMM Industrial. The collectors always enjoy seeing the several crawlers that Roger Martin brings to the shows.
A crowd pleaser at the grandstand is the Antique Tractor Pull under the direction of Andy Bledsoe. All entries must have been on display prior to registering for the pull by the owner, be built prior to 1940 and entered in one of four classes 1, 2, 3, or 4 plow size.
Spectators gathered for the annual horse show under the guidance of Guy Climer. There was competition for the best wagon, farm team (horses), farm team (mules), best antique implement, best leather harness and obstacle courses. This was followed by mule jumping. There were demonstrations of loading logs on a wagon with horses and straw baling with horse power. Kenny Smith conducted an exciting horse pull afterward.
Russell Sams (Smokey) obligingly kept a black smoke cloud over the threshing area with his steam engine.
Trophies and money were awarded in the four classes in the annual chicken frying contest held under the direction of the International Association.
One of the traditions of the Old Timers Shows is the ice cream which is sold in great quantities. At the first show in Clifton 22 years ago it was decided that ice cream would be a fitting snack while listening to a few gas engines pop. Members brought freezers from home and strong arms turned the cranks. You couldn't call it homemade since it was made in the yard of the old Clifton school, site of the get-to-gether.
Cranking tractors and cranking one lungers and cranking freezers was deemed too much, so the next year the genius of the men resulted in belt pulleys on the freezers. Now one can see old style White Mountain five gallon freezers being turned by beautifully restored gas engines. The last show saw more than 400 gallons of ice cream sold.
A big hit with the pre-collector crowd is the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, with four classes by weight. Probably, Jim Turnbull, the sponsor, was surprised to see girls doing better than boys, on occasion.
Like most of the other shows in our great land, there are many beautifully restored cars for people to reflect on. Everyone can relate to these since they represent a fun time in our brief existence on this earth.
For those who like to get involved, there is the bale toss for men and women, bubble gum blowing contest, tractor cranking contest, quick draw, slow race, hog calling contest, corn husking contest and money in the hay stack contest. No one is going to get rich by winning, only very famous. If these don't suit your fancy, there are some dozen other contests for you to prove yourself.
The Old Timers Club has never been famous for a great number of flywheelers, but the uniqueness of the engines makes the exhibit worthwhile. Nowhere else can you find a beautiful 1905 Schaub engine or a beautiful man like Bill Schaub running it. Jim Fin always has the gas engines placed so one can walk around and see and hear them perform.
Those who come wanting to park their bedroom during the show are assigned a beautiful spot for $2.00 a night by Waldo and Loma McCoy. How does that compare with New York where it will cost $150.00 + to sleep? While in Moscow last spring, I found it was in-congruent for the hotels charging $175.00 a night and the employees making fifty cents a day.
Now that the elections are over we have a new ball game. Let us hope that all the elected officials make the 'good of the Nation' the optimality of all decision making.