20531 Black Road, Los Gatos, California 95030, for Branch 3, EDGE & TA. (All photos courtesy of Santa Clara County Fair Association.)
Friday, October 26, 1979 dawned bright and clear for the opening day of the joint Fall Gas-Up of Branches 3 and 13, EDGE & TA at the Santa Clara County Fair Family Park. By noon the early birds were coming from all directions with campers, trailers, motorhomes, trucks and cars. By evening a good number of displays were set up and running, along with lots of good fellowship and exchanges of ideas, hints and helpful directions, making for a lot of happy engine operators.
All day Saturday more people and equipment kept arriving along with many visitors attracted by the exhibit. Channel 11 technicians interviewed exhibitors and filmed the engines for showing that evening.
Special credit should be given to all those who prepared and cooked a huge 'cannibal' kettle of beans over an open fire, made huge bowls of salad with choice of several dressings, brought loaves of French bread hot from the bakery and provided coffee and tea for all. The barbecue pits were lined with participants cooking their own steaks and all sat down to a fine dinner.
All day Sunday, people came and went and new engines arrived to be appraised with eager eyes. Several unusual engines, some quite rare ones and the more conventional engines along with operating equipment made for a great day.
Reluctantly, as the afternoon of the third day wore on, engines were loaded, goodbyes were said and all headed for home. All felt we had a great time and plans are being made for an even better Gas-Up next Fall.