Rain Dampens Show Grounds... but Not the Spirit of 1995 S.E.K. Engine and Tractor Show

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By Howard Cave, 325 Stone, Parsons, Kansas 67357

The 7th annual Southeast Kansas Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club Show was held June 24th and 25th, 1995, at the Crawford County Historical Society Museum grounds.

The show was nearly a one-day event, as rain (about 3 inches) started falling Saturday evening and continued through Sunday.

Saturday's weather was beautiful and drew many exhibitors and a large number of viewers.

We had 192 gas engines, 14 antique tractors, 13 garden tractors, 21 model engines and three gas powered scale tractors.

At the 1995 show we had two 15 HP Reid engines at the show. One is owned by Dale Rice, Pittsburg, Kansas, and the other by Larry Powell, Rogers, Arkansas. Also on display were two miniature balers, one owned by W. W. (Doc) Ogborn, Girard, Kansas, and the other by Ron Schultz, Enid, Oklahoma.

We want to thank some very nice folks who traveled some distance to be with us: David Brown, Redfield, Arkansas; Jack Chandler, Carthage, Missouri; Carry Powell, Rogers, Arkansas; Ron Schultz, Enid, Oklahoma; Eddie Davison, Shell Knob, Missouri; Bill Sterrett, Eskridge, Kansas; Jim Tullis, Carthage, Missouri, and many other non-club members who helped make this a great show.

This year we also had five antique autos on display: English Ford, 1910 Model T, 1921 Model T, another model T (year unknown), and an International Harvester Auto Buggy.

Some of the items on display in 1995 included a spark plug display, Wizard bicycle, corn shellers, operating saw mills, horse drawn cotton planter, rock crusher, seven pedal tractors, various hand grinders, speed indicator display, cast iron seats, farm primitives, a vane-less wooden wheel windmill, stump puller, feed grinder, ponies and a wagon.

We also had mountain men and a black powder shoot.

There were 92 exhibitors and also a flea market. Exhibitors came from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Alabama.

A debt of gratitude goes to the men, women, and children who are members of our club for the work and support given to make even a soggy show a success.

Please come join us for the eighth annual show to be held June 22 and 23, 1996 and we will hope for better weather.