511 Graff Way Lee's Summit, Missouri 64081
Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association did it again! Show #10, the third weekend in July 1988, was the best show ever! Over 6,000 people came to look and participate. President Arndt's newsletter had a good quote in it. A club member was overheard saying, 'This group works together like a large family. When you can bring four times the town's population to a show-things are O.K.' (Adrian's population is 1500.)
A couple of newer exhibitors had good displays and drew much interest. LeRoy Carroll and family of Stanberry, Missouri had their miniature baler in operation and sold most of all they could bale. The bale measures 4' x 5?' x 12' long. Can you imagine the expression on your visitor's face when he asked where you got this small bale and you answer, 'Well, Lum's hay got wet yesterday before he could haul it in. It kinda shrunk!' It does open the conversation.
Thane Gefeller is apparently trying to buy most of the old toy kids tractors, he has a very good collection.
Dale and Carol Luttig brought their 6-12 Maytag tractor, (shown in Jan. 88 GEM) to our show. It was a big hit.
Our club is growing steadily, adding new permanent engine displays etc., including a large 85 HP steam driven engine with 8 foot-tall flywheel and drive pulley combination. They found it in an abandoned grain elevator in Harrisonville, Missouri. You should look around or inquire in your own community, as many items are just waiting rediscovery.
Also in progress is a museum building. A local member, who inherited a large estate, has donated enough tools to mostly fill the 50 x 100 foot building being erected.