UAWLocal No. 662, 2025 Hillcrest Drive, Anderson, Indiana 46012
Cool weather, warm smiles; dark clouds, bright colors; rainy weather, hearty spirits; put all these together and you have UAWLocal662's 13th annual Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show, held June 6-8 in Anderson, Indiana.
Exhibitors began arriving Thursday, and the sun shone brightly on the glistening relics of yesteryear. This year's featured product line was John Deere tractors and equipment, and a massive wave of green and yellow filled the grounds.
Friday, as the dreary weather moved in, so did the craft and flea market vendors. Over fifty vendors displayed their talents and wares. Also on Friday, the annual fish fry was held, which was very much a success. This year's dinner was served by members of the Eden United Methodist Church in Eden, Indiana. The highlight of the dinner was the vast array of homemade desserts! Over 500 dinners were enjoyed!
Saturday, as the show was in full swing, many different activities were enjoyed. Even though John Deere was the featured product line, many other exhibits were shown. Numerous gas engines, old farm tools, model trains, farm toys, antique cars and trucks, hog oilers, etc., were among the many items to be seen. Even the mournful siren of John and Michelle Blake's 1954 International Harvester fire truck would catch people by surprise!
Throughout the intermittent rain Bob Rhea was taking the children for rides in 'Bob's Bumpy Barrels.' Dan and Barb Davis were kind enough to once again share their fabulous Anderson History Museum, featuring products that were manufactured in Anderson.
Saturday the White River Country and Bluegrass Club entertained with a music show. Seven bands participated. Bluegrass, gospel, folk, and country music was enjoyed. Also some high-stepping clogging had hands clapping and toes tapping.
Once again we were happy to welcome the ladies of the Spring Valley Quilt Guild demonstrating fine stitching talents at their quilting bee. Many-people came by and stopped to share quilt stories from their personal lives.
Mrs. Betty Shores of Greenfield, Indiana, was entered in this year's craft show, displaying her fine sewing talents. Betty has participated in all thirteen shows.
We also welcomed Mrs. Helen Tompkins and her helper and friend, Mary Lou, from Daleville, Indiana. Helen had her vast collection of emblem pins for sale. It is believed that she has the largest collection that is for sale in the United States, featuring over 10,000. They are of every kind of hobby, vocation, or subject imaginable.
There were 14 states represented, 42 union locals, 125 gas engines, and 55 tractors. Lloyd and Jackie Mardikian of Buffalo, Minnesota, won the Long Haul Award for gas engines, and Lee Robishaw of Ashtabula, Ohio, won the Long Haul Award for tractors. People's Choice Award for John Deere tractors was won by Gene Broyles of Anderson.
Even though the weather didn't cooperate, the enthusiasm of our ever-faithful volunteers, Jack, Carol, and John Davidson, and Helen Bennett, reminded everyone what our show is about good conversation, friends, sharing, and enjoying life. Maybe Mrs. Laura Hudson, one of our talented artists, summed it up best. As she was closing her booth she commented, 'This is my favorite show. I really have fun here. I wish it was next year already!' So do we, Laura!
We would like to thank everyone who participated and attended our show, and invite you to attend next year's show. The dates are June 5-7, 1998. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the show where old and new friends meet.