By Bob Miller 130 Serpentine Drive Bayville, New Jersey 08721
This show report is for all of you gals in the hobby who, year after year, have had to almost drag your reluctant hubby along from one engine show to another. Sure, you may be having fun sitting on the ground in 90 degree weather with grease up to your elbows trying to reassemble that malfunctioning igniter; but is he? You've probably begun to notice the telltale signs that he does not share your euphoria for smoke, steam, and things mechanical. Does he bring along romance novels and home and garden magazines to read? Has he taken up crocheting and swatting flies as a hobby to pass the time? Does he retire about noon to the truck or camper to 'sleep it off? If the answer to the above questions is yes, then I have a prescription that will cure his engine show boredom and put the spark back into his igniter. Next October 16th, load up your engine and tractor collection, sweep that big fella up in your arms, carry him out to the truck, hop in, and head for New Jersey. That is where you'll find the Batsto Country Living Fair.
Located approximately 15 miles west of Atlantic City, Batsto was an economic community that produced iron ore during the American Revolution and later in the mid-1800s was a glass works. It is now one of the state's premier historic attractions. Almost all of Batsto's historic buildings are open for display and are attended by volunteers dressed in colonial attire. Along with a wonderful and diversified engine show, there are flea markets, arts and crafts shows, and food booths run by local clubs and church groups. If you enjoy antiques and collectibles there are rows of vendors selling their wares. There is also a fine display of buckskinning and leather working.
The Pinelands Antique Engine Association was privileged to once again be a contributor to such a wonderful celebration and to be able to renew friendships with fellow hobbyists from all over the state. Despite the continual threat of rain there were still over 30,000 visitors that day.
I would be remiss in my duties as Show Reporter if I did not give recognition to Andy Lusnia and his wife Helen, who have been providing hot lunches for about 100 members and guests each year since our inception. Andy is a great cook and a congenial host.
If you would like to visit or exhibit at Batsto this fall, please call me at: (908) 269-6580 or write to the above address.