93 Wilbraham Road, Monson, Massachusetts, 01057
1987 was a very good year for the Hampden Volunteer Firemen as the Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club volunteered to help put on their 10th annual show. July 11th and 12th were both hot and humid. We still had over 100 exhibitors that set up in this nice, quiet town. Dan Isham and other firemen worked hard all weekend, cooking and selling food. They even cooked early breakfast on Saturday and Sunday as they will do again this year. Friday evening we had a few early birds that stayed on the grounds. Free camping is allowed Friday and Saturday nights for exhibitors.
Saturday and Sunday the gates were open to the public to view the many tons of iron from the past. As the spectators view these beautiful beasts, some do not realize the many miles traveled, the phone calls made looking for parts (sometimes to no avail), the tired body hurrying to have the beast ready for the year's first show. But when the spectator watches with fascination as the beast pops and putts, you stand there with a big smile, thinking, 'Where will I find my next project?' During the two days, we had many interesting displays: old gas engines, water pumps, corn grinders, corn shellers, butter churns, saw rigs, vacuum pumps, toy and model steam engines, spark plug collections, old tool displays, hand water pump collection, old working rail drill, old gas jack hammer, marine engines, old cars, old trucks, old 1, 2, and 4-wheel tractors, plus many other displays.
For sale were t-shirts emblazoned with old engines. Also, literature pertaining to old tools, engines, engine parts, plus many unique items.
Saturday night we were entertained by Yodelin' Lou Robichaud and the Country Crickets. They made the evening go by so fast with some good old country music. On Sunday we were entertained with beautiful music during the show hours by Ralph Waters from Cromwell, Connecticut, with his very interesting Wurlitzer Band Organ powered by a 1? HP Domestic engine. Thank you's go to Dick Hatch who spent the weekend with his bucket loader helping load and unload many pieces of equipment. A special thanks to Ruth, Beryle, Marcy, Emma and Rita, wives of Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club members, who spent many hours 'manning' the registration and information booth. Thanks to the fire department personnel for supplying water for the engines and pumps, etc. Thanks to everyone who exhibited at the show along with many thanks to the spectators who showed their appreciation.
The 1988 Hampden Show was held on the weekend of June 4th and 5th. Good food served all day. Early morning breakfast also was available. Free flea market both days. Free admission for spectators and exhibitors. Free plaques and buttons to all exhibitors. Come one-come all! Be an exhibitor or a spectator-but come and enjoy this remarkable collection of old iron!!
Live safely-show safely!