What a difference in perspective 25 years can make! Waaaayyyyy back when, when I was a kid, a trip to 'the mountains' of Juniata County, Pennsylvania, was akin to a trip to the edge of civilization (at least I thought so). We often 'vacationed' at the hunting camp my dad belonged to; primitive facilities at best. Never crossed my mind that our vacation paradise was smack in the middle of serious farm country.
Flash forward to July 1998. Now married and working for GEM, I pack the camera and the husband in the car for a road trip to East Waterford, the 'big town' nearby our Willow Run Camp, for a visit to the 10th annual Tuscarora Valley Heritage Days.
Wow! Nothing like this ever happened here when I was a kid! Loads of tractors--164 registered, in fact--and a nice selection of engines, including the collection of Nathan Bailor, which is pictured on the front of the 1999 Steam & Gas Engine Show Directory.
While my husband the machinist lost himself in the flea market looking for treasures, I found a prime spot on top of a loading ramp to watch the tractor parade. No one color or company was overly represented--it seemed there was at least one of everything.
Along with all of the machinery and some great food, the show features Native American exhibits, local history displays (I'm a sucker for local history displays!), a benefit auction, and loads more. This was a really pleasant show to go to. Put it on your calendar for July 22-25, 1999. For info, contact Gary Zeiders, P.O. Box 7, East Waterford, PA 17021, telephone 717-734-3171.