5th Annual Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show at Enid, OK

By Staff
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Rick Ice of Thomas, Oklahoma with his 4 HP Lister in operation.
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George Oiler with the 'King of Old Iron' plaque we awarded him.

1713 E. Walnut Avenue, Enid, Oklahoma 73701

Our 5th Annual Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show on October
1, 1988 was held under rainy and soggy conditions. Fortunately for
us, however, we had a shelter for the majority of the exhibitors to
get under. Even under such conditions we had an excellent turnout
with several trailer loads of engines as well as a number of
tractors. Under such conditions, the tractors weren’t unloaded
or started but were observed and appreciated nonetheless.

This year’s show was headed up by Harold Cooper, R.D. Corley
and Richard Vogt. Assistance was afforded by Marlin Unruh and Gary
Phipps. Much appreciation to these two. George Oiler, as a past
sponsor, acceded to Harold Cooper and retired from the planning
stage. Harold Cooper has very graciously picked up the vacancy and
will be doing great things for the welfare of future gatherings.
George Oiler was awarded a plaque which read ‘King of Old
Iron’. George had done a great job.

An event we had planned for the show was a slow race for
tractors but, with the wet conditions, it didn’t happen. We,
however, had a drawing for a model tractor donated by a local
implement dealer, Vater Implement. Charles Jones of Sharon,
Oklahoma, was the proud winner. R.D. and Esther Corley took care of
the coffee and homemade rolls in the morning and Marilyn Cooper and
Gary Phipps the hot meal at noon for the exhibitors. With the cool
wet weather this was all very welcome.

Despite being crowded with trailer against trailer under the
shelter and cold and wet, a fun time was had by all. Everyone was
busy running their exhibits or discussing their restoration
problems and accomplishments and even a little trading going on.
Those that didn’t show up because of the rain missed out on a
great event.

Some of the people that came were Paul and Hazel Frazier of
Calumet, Oklahoma, giving free rides with their team and wagon and
Jim Lewis of Oklahoma City with his model engine built from
castings from Coles Power Models. Harold Cooper had his first
showing of the Olds engine he just recently purchased and is very
proud of. Rick Ice of Thomas, Oklahoma, brought his 4 HP Lister
engine and ‘Goose’ Gosnell had an early water hydraulic
washing machine.

Mentioning everyone is beyond the scope of this article but a
heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who braved the wet, cold and
crowded conditions to attend. The next day, Sunday, the sun came
out and it was a great day. Plans are being made for the 1989 show
and we all look for better weather next year.

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