Savannah Potato Fest '97

Rod Simiele

Rod Simiele.

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13163 Railroad Road Savannah, New York 13146

Our show was held October 4 and 5, 1997. It's now October 11, and I'm just starting to relax, sitting in my easy chair about 9:00 p.m., reminiscing about how well our show turned out, with a slight sigh of relief!!!

I opened up my Gas Engine Magazine and started reading. It's almost like a ritual whenever I get the new issue. Sometimes it seems like forever between magazines.

Well, let's get on with telling you about our show. We start the show out on Saturday morning with a tractor parade which begins at our town barn and runs through town about a mile to our festival grounds. Dawn King won Best of Show with her John Deere.

On the grounds we had about 60 displays, from gas engines to Harley Davidson motorcycles, antique cars and trucks. Mr. and Mrs. Powers were even kind enough to join in with their two draft horses and wagon.

We had live country bands both days. The pedal tractor pull was on Saturday, which everyone liked. Lots of raffles, cooking contest, and a Potato Queen Contest were held.

On Sunday, we got lucky. The rain cleared. The gas engines started singing away on engine row, getting ready for the judges who look at all of the engine displays to decide whose engine would be on next year's plaque and button. We had prizes for the first three winners. I've enclosed pictures of the winning engines and proud owners. Winner #1 was Will Phillips, of Redcreek, New York; #2 was Rod Simiele, of Oneida, New York; #3 was Walter Wezel, of Ulster, Pennsylvania.

We even had the children dressing in costumes for the event. Little Bo-Peep enjoyed herself and she was the drawing card for the Potato Wagon.

Well, toward the close of the show. I sit back and think how dreams can come true, but I never thought that by bringing one engine to a Potato Festival in 1995, I would be able to start a tractor and engine club in my own backyard! At the close of the 1997 show we now have 67 members.

Thank you, everyone involved with Potato Fest 1997. Pass the word see you all at Potato Fest '98!