Working for Muscular Dystrophy

Horizontal shingle mill operated

Horizontal shingle mill operated by Bob Collins.

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5 Airport Road, Horseheads, New York 14845, and Norm Westervelt, 313 Smith Creek Road, Nichols, New York 13812

Each year at the farm of Frank Johnson a very special show is conducted, the annual 'Antique Tractors & Engines Working for Muscular Dystrophy' Show. The sole purpose is to raise as much money as possible for the local Muscular Dystrophy Chapter. There is no admission charge and all are welcome!

The Johnson farm is located in a wide beautiful valley near Elmira, New York. It is situated next to the Chemung Co. Airport and at the foot of Harris Hill, the Soaring Capital of the World.

Frank Johnson, his sister Louise, and her daughter Bonnie, with other family members, planned and produced this event. All labor was donated and many outside the family contributed time and effort to the success of the show. Thank you all! The three day show drew exhibitors and spectators from a fifty mile radius. Frank, with help, prepared the grounds and operated various equipment. Louise, who has a food catering service, took charge of the food concession and supplied all the food and refreshment needs. Bonnie handled raffles and entertainment. Frank's brother, Roger, presented a great message at the Sunday morning worship service.

The show was July 27 to 29, 1995, and on display were antique cars, including a 1929 Sanford fire truck owned by Bill Jayne, and a 1908 Sears automobile owned by Stan Cortright. In other rows were tractors and related machinery. Special displays included antique lanterns, tractor seats, two-man saws, spark plugs, hit &. miss and small engines, and many other interesting collections. There were also a number of working displays, including a saw mill, wheat threshing, straw baling, cross-cut saw demo and contest, hay press and stone crushing. Another exciting event was the kiddie pedal tractor pull.

A local auctioneer, Gil Martz, donated his services and conducted the annual auction. All items for the auction were donated. Several rides in Stan Cortright's 1908 Sears, were auctioned off. Yours truly purchased one. What a thrill!

The weather was beautiful all week end. Each day saw an increase in attendance, and there was a great spirit of generosity among spectators and exhibitors. We were pleased with the amount of money raised from the auction, food sales, selling rides and raffles.

Each year on a Sunday, many handicapped people from state facilities in Horseheads and surrounding area at tend the show. Local groups furnish music, including instrumental, singing ad clogging.

During the three year period the show has raised: first year, $1160.00; second year, $1850.00; third year, $2250.00. More than $5,000.00 was raised in three years.

On November 5, 1995, an appreciation dinner was given by the Johnson family for all involved with the show. This was well attended and greatly appreciated. Upcoming events were announced. These included: an MDA auction on December 10, 1995, and the show date for 1996. This auction raised $1900.00 towards the 1996 MDA marathon. Again Gil Martz donated his auction services.

Come see us in 1996. This year's four-day show date is July 4 through July 7, 1996.