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Once again, there was a gigantic reunion of farmers, friends and antique lovers who got together to watch, operate, or to hear run antique farm tractors and machinery of the not too distant past. For many this opened up a floodgate of memories. For the young folks, a whole new awakening to the golden age of farm equipment was theirs to learn.
This reunion was the 3rd annual Freeland Valley Antique Power Show held on July 30 and 31, on the Delmar Warne show field, five miles east of Chandlersville, Ohio.
Weatherwise, it was a perfect weekend, except for the members of the Freeland Club, who had to cancel their tractor pulls on Friday evening after a cloudburst muddied the pulling field and made it right slippery.
There were quite a few folks who came from far and near to see the show and all the goings-on. Even the mayors of Cumberland and Toadtown were there.
New improvements to the show field included new playground equipment for the kids, and a new permanent stage constructed. The steel frame was donated by Central Ohio Coal Company, the floor by Paul Alexander.
A new safety barrier fence was built between the pulling track and the spectator field. This fence was donated by Charlie Roberts of the Cumberland Fence Company.
At the show, there were lots of demonstrations and craftsmanship. Bill Ault operated the saw mill and sawed a batch of logs into boards. This was a learning experience.
George Richey skillfully made useful things for the household as the blacksmith; he has learned well in the couple of years he has practiced this ancient art. His wife Helen demonstrated the use of a reflector oven, whereas the heat from a small campfire simply reflected from the top and bottom of the inside of the open oven to bake brownies and corn bread which I sampled. Very tasty. On the same fire, homemade soup was heated in a kettle.
Gordon Jividen ground up corn in a burr mill powered by belt from a small gas engine. The corn stalks were shredded using Lynn Hall's shredder-husker; the corn was provided by Paul Alexander.
Firewood was cut up not by chain-saw, but by an old circular cut-off saw owned by Carl Wickham. This was also belt powered.
Wheat was grown, cut and bound up on the site. It was threshed by using Lynn Hall's threshing machine; the wheat straw was blown into Bill Ault's hay baler, thus baling the straw excellently.
The oldest gas engine shown was by Robert Stewert of Newport, Ohio. The best of show gas engine was awarded to George Lewis, of Zanesville. The farthest distance traveled for bringing gas engines was Michael Rogers of Silver City, North Carolina, and Lee Booth of Porter Falls, West Virginia. The oldest driver of the tractor pull was 75-year-old Jim McIntire, who drove his tractor all the way from out past Young Hickory and back.
The big surprise in the crank start tractor race was Paul Brosie, who showed how fast he could run. The winner of the crank start tractor race was Keith Herron. The winner of the electric starter tractor race was Kevin Funk. The winner of the wagon backing contest was Andy Ault.
There were around 80 antique tractors on display. It was noted by show veterans that there was quite a variety of makes and models of tractors, especially those on steel wheels.
All kinds of antique exhibits were there, from an old OilPull tractor to a 1930s power reel lawnmower. All told, there were over 100 exhibits.
Members of the Zane Grey Old Car Club came to the show on Saturday afternoon, 15 cars in all. The oldest was Danny Wolfe's 1924 Studebaker touring car. They had been to the Wilds and to the Big Muskie Dragline. And Bruce McConnell drove his 1930 Model A Ford to the show, also on Saturday, and parked in front of the Moore oil house for a pretended fill-up of gas from one of the old gas pumps.
There were tractors being driven around the field for the fun of it. The tiniest was Harold Pollock's little half-scale Rumely tractor that he built from scratch, and which he completed in 1969 for his son Jerry. Only now, Jerry and Martha Pollock's four-year-old son Robert gets to pilot the miniature gas powered tractor his grandfather had created!
And too, there were Tommy Hatcher's one-quarter scale and half-scale steam engine tractors that he had built. They were there on the field running around.
There were two horse-drawn shuttle rides in operation. One was Myron and Sharon Dawson's big team of Belgian horses pulling Charles 'Chalk' Hayes' red wagon. The other wagon was owned by Paul Alexander. It was pulled by Don Ziler's team of Belgians.
There were, for sale, miniature toy tractors, old farm and tractor manuals, wooden toys, arts and crafts, and yes, plenty of food. The Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department volunteers have that down pat. Their food was good!
The kids and their parents of the Cumberland Valley 4-H organization worked their hearts out, I'll tell you! They made lemonade and mountains of homemade ice cream. 160 gallons of it was sold in two days!
And there was an inflatable starwalk station. This was where kids got to jump up and down and around on aired up mattresses on three sides. They couldn't hurt themselves.
And nobody was hurt during the entire show. Just fun and happiness prevailed. Like life should be and will be again next year at the next Freeland Valley Antique Power Club's Show that's for our community good and for preserving our heritage. The fourth annual show will be held July 29 and 30, 1995.