Antique Machinery Club

Spring Thaw Out 1987

Maytag engine

Maytag Upright display owned by Steve Elpers of Haubstadt, IN.

Steve Deutsch.

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5316 Daniel Ave., Evansville, IN 47712, and Steve Deutsch, 7500 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, IN 47712. Photos by Steve Deutsch.

Spring Thaw Out! When I read these words, special thoughts come to mind. Snow melting into a flowing stream, crocus pushing up through the moist earth, the sound of spring's first robin. In southern Indiana these wonders of nature seem to be overshadowed! Why, you ask?

Because, it's time for S.I.A.M.'s Annual Spring Thaw-Out! S.I.A.M., I must explain, are the initials of Southern Indiana's Antique and Machinery Club (est. 1979), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of antique Americana.

Our 4th annual show and swap meet was held at the 4-H Center in Evansville, Indiana on June 13 and 14, 1987 in conjunction with T.O.T.A.C. (The Old Time Automobile Club).

An estimated 6,000 people enjoyed the many interesting exhibits, working displays, as well as plenty of good food and drink.

Over 140 gas engines, fifty antique tractors, three steam traction engines three stationary steam engines, seventy-five antique cars, and over 100 flea market vendors shared space on the shady 170 acre 4-H grounds.

Mike Thomas and Mike Zeller demonstrated their wood planer which complemented the sawmill. John Stock's Baker Fan was kept busy as the steam engines and tractors tuned up.

The aroma of fresh cut cedar and catalpa permeated the area around the club-owned horizontal shingle mill as Ron Korff demonstrated the fine art of cutting shingles.

Our show chairman, C. J. Sauer, showed his talent with hammer and tongs as he kept the sparks flying at the blacksmith shop, while Burt Kuebler proved that, yes, his tiny model gas and steam engines really do run. All of this plus a six-hour antique auction, a car trophy show, and a toy tractor show provided something for everyone's taste.

I can't think of a better way to start the year! If our tastes concur, come join us for S.I.A.M. Thaw-Out '88, to be held on June 11 and 12, 1988. It promises to be even bigger and better.

We wish to thank all our exhibitors and members who worked so hard to bring the past alive for our spectators. See you next year!