Secretary Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show P.O. Box 122, Ottawa, Kansas 66067
The fifth annual Power of the Past Engine & Tractor Show was held September 10, 11, and 12 at Orlis Cox Sports Complex at K-68 and West 2nd Street, Ottawa, Kansas.
The show was attended by a large crowd of people from across the country as well as states surrounding Kansas. The farthest travelers were George and Helen Myers from Blain, Pennsylvania, who are collectors of Ottawa memorabilia. Their collection includes engines, tractors, and other products which were manufactured by the Warner Company of Ottawa, Kansas. They have attended our show each of the five years it has been in operation. We appreciate their efforts in getting to our show each year with a great exhibit. We look forward to their attendance each year, and at their suggestion we will feature the Ottawa engines on our 10th anniversary.
The Lovitts from California have been in attendance at the show the past two years. They bring a large assortment of engines and quality collectibles.
Allis Chalmers were the featured tractors this year. There were many models of the tractor exhibited which made a very impressive orange display.
The feature engine was the Maytag. A large number of Maytag engines and other Maytag products were exhibited, including working washing machines, washing clothes.
There were many other makes of tractors and engines displayed, which made visitor viewing a fun experience. The Parade of Power each day of the show produced an eye-catching view of all vehicles and antique equipment that were on display.
Our restored binder and threshing machine was in operation for the first time this year. A field of wheat planted by Duane Dickinson on his farm was harvested by show members and neighbors and stored until show time. Many people enjoyed watching the threshing operation just as it was performed years ago.
Other equipment in operation this year included an antique rock crusher, horse operated feed grinder, stationary hay baler, cider mill, ice cream freezing with stationary engines, and saw mill operation. Other activities included goat milk soap making, open kettle cooking, kettle corn popping, basket weaving, and horse drawn wagon rides. All these activities were enjoyed by area school students. Friday is designated as Student Day at our show. This field trip is an excellent learning experience for children of all ages. Teachers are excited to be offered the day as an excellent field trip. Letters by the students sent to the committee after their field trip demonstrate how much they learned and enjoyed the day.
The main attraction on Saturday for children is the Kiddie Tractor Pull. This event was attended by a huge crowd with many participants. Medals were presented to winners of the pull.
For the women attending, an 'Old Skillet Throw' and an 'Old Shoe Throw' was enjoyed. The event was sponsored by the Happy Trails Chuck Wagon Cafe, who presented food certificates to the winners.
A Country Store was in operation, selling various Power of the Past memorabilia including 1999 shirts, hats and buttons. Also, at the store, tickets were available for the drawing of a restored Maytag engine donated by Dale Luttig. The drawing was held on Sunday at noon in conjunction with an auction of various donated items and straw that was baled with the stationary hay baler after the threshing operation.
A garden tractor pull and other tractor games were enjoyed on Saturday evening by a large crowd of enthusiasts.
Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, Polish sausage, funnel cakes and much more were offered by several food vendors.
The flea market was enjoyed by shoppers each day. Vendors offered a variety of crafts, antique collectibles and much more.
The show day ended on Friday evening with a free ham, bean, and corn-bread feed with homemade pie and cake available. Saturday evening ended with a hog roast attended by a big crowd.
We thank everyone who helped make our fifth annual Power of the Past Show a GREAT SUCCESS!