Sandwich Early Day

Gene Pock's 1919 10-ton Holt

Gene Pock's 1919 10-ton Holt.

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Box 43, Somonauk, IL 60552

Among the tall, shady oak trees at the Sandwich, Illinois Fairgrounds on the last weekend of June, the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club held its 13th Annual Gas Engine, Tractor and Car Show. With winter behind us and the crops in the ground, everyone was ready for an enjoyable weekend. Among the almost 400 engines on display were all the major brands and, of course, the Sandwich Line. The results of many hours of work (and no small amount of money) were proudly displayed for everyone to admire. Special notice was taken of some of the more uncommon makes, including our feature engine, a Caldwell-Holloway, made in Waterloo, Iowa and very beautifully restored by Andy Krafft of Sandwich.

Our Tractor Exhibit continues to grow in size and quality. Many of these excellent restorations had a chance to prove themselves Saturday afternoon in our Exhibitors Tractor Pull for the enjoyment of everyone. Red, green, grey, and orange were well represented as were rubber, steel and track. Our Arts & Crafts Display was the best ever, with many new and interesting exhibits.

Along with Chrysler, Ford and GM products on display in our Antique Car Show were also Studebaker, Willys, and yes, even an early Volkswagen! Our Flea Market was the largest ever, with some excellent merchandise for sale. Our friends of the Land of Lincoln Barbed Wire Collectors Association had on display most of the types of barbed wire developed over the years. The International Corn Husking Hook & Peg Collectors Association display focused on an almost forgotten piece of American farming history. We were also treated to a large display of farm toys through the efforts of Verle Johnson which we hope will continue to grow.

After a good day on Saturday, everyone was ready for a little rest and recreation at our first Square Dance. Mother Nature must have decided we all needed a bath, cause she tried to wash everyone down. Luckily, it didn't last very long. Sunday dawned bright & clear, and the kids could hardly wait for 1:00 to come so they could enter the Pedal Pull. This continues to be a very popular event that everyone enjoys.

June 29th & 30th, 1985 are the dates to save for the 14th Annual Sandwich Show. Economy will be our featured Engine and International our featured Tractor. Gas Engine, Tractor and Car Exhibitors, Arts &. Crafts and Flea Marketers are always welcome. We are also extending a special invitation to all Farm Toy Collectors to join us. Everyone is invited to come and spend a day or the weekend with us at our beautiful Fairgrounds.