White River Valley 1988 SHOW REPORT

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RR 1, Box 18 , Odon, Indiana 47562

September 9, 1988 was a big day for over 1,000 elementary school children as they got to preview the 4th annual White River Valley Antique Association Show held at the Daviess County Fair Grounds in Elnora, Indiana on State Road 57. They were transported from eleven schools by buses at regular intervals to see how their ancestors lived and made their living. Many of these children had never seen wheat being threshed or even been able to pet an animal. There is a Fun Farm with all types of animals. Yes, this is the way our show opens each year, with a different group of children each year!

The 1988 show was a huge success as over 100 antique tractors and 200 gas engines were on display, as well as steam engines, blacksmithing, grist milling, 12 horse hitch threshing, steam wheat threshing, Baker fan, horse-powered straw baling, horse drawn equipment, antique cars, shingle milling, saw milling, model engines, toy tractors and cast iron seats. There were cross cut sawing contests, antique tractor pulls, tractor slow races, pedal pull with 86 kids participating and other games for the children.

A large building housed a furnished antique house, a general store, drug store, a barber shop, collections, quilts and quilting demonstration, weaving, lye soap making, a club flea market, homemade root beer, popcorn machine, and a wooden horse drawn hearse. Lots of food was on hand, including beans cooked in an iron kettle, apple butter, cider and sorghum being made, and homemade ice cream made in a 25 gallon freezer powered by a gas engine.

Another building houses a horse drawn carriage and stagecoach and other horse-drawn machinery, while another has hand tools and still another was full of antique toy tractors and machinery, toys and parts for sale.

Thursday afternoon preceding the show a 17 unit wagon train plus several horseback riders traveled ten miles from the Old Settlers Grounds in the neighboring town of Odon to the 30 acre fairgrounds and later in the evening enjoyed a wiener roast.

A parade of power was held on Saturday and Sunday. Several music groups entertained during the show.

A cast iron seat auction sale was featured on Saturday afternoon.

Square dancing was the main event on Friday night. Saturday night an antique tractor pull was held in the arena with 96 entries lasting well past midnight. Country music was on the bandstand and was enjoyed by all.

Sunday morning church was held for campers, exhibitors and home town folks who like to attend. Gospel music followed the service.

A big attraction for the children, besides their games, was the one room school conducted by a school marm. The children took part just as their ancestors were taught many years ago.

There was plenty of parking space and lots of camper hookups. A free breakfast was available for exhibitors at the club food stand.

A 3 cylinder 150 HP diesel Page engine has been purchased by the club and is being restored and will be displayed at the 1989 show. Exhibitors and visitors were from several states and at least one foreign country.

A newsletter is sent out to members three times during the year to keep them informed as our membership extends to a 100 mile radius. We are fast becoming one of the best known shows in the midwest.

As you can see we are a family oriented show, with something for everyone! Our 1989 show is September 8-10, and we invite you all!