Gas Engine Magazine

Bigger and Better

By Staff

R.D. # l, Box 39 Montoursville, PA 17754

The second annual reunion of the Loyalsock Valley Antique
Machinery Association, Inc. was held August 4th, 5th, and 6th, 1989
at the Lycoming County Consolidated Sports mans grounds.

The show had been advertised as ‘Bigger and Better Than
Ever’ and that was just what it was. We nearly doubled the
number of exhibitors from our first show.

We featured a portion of the largest Caterpillar collection in
the East owned by George Logue of Montoursville, PA.

There were 167 antique tractors, 325 gas, steam, and hit and
miss engines, 58 antique cars and trucks (including antique
military vehicles), 4 steam engines (including a steam roller), an
antique fire truck, and several teams of horses. Not a bad showing
for our second year, right?

The weather cooperated with us fairly well. Although it was
extremely hot and very humid, we did have excellent attendance.

Various demonstrations took place throughout the weekend. They
included an antique sawmill and shingle mill working, antique
thrashing machine in operation, stationary baler demo, and a
teeter-totter demo. Other daily events included equipment parades,
antique tractors and gas engines in operation, tractor pulls, work
horses pulling hayrides, a bale rolling contest for the kids, and a
horsehoe tournament.

We were also very fortunate to have a weight transfer sled
donated to our association for use in our tractor pulls. Several
work days were held to repair and paint the sled which was a real
asset to our tractor pulls.

There was a large flea market which included a big toy tractor
display tent and several craft people. A group from the Eastern
Delaware Indian Nations held a pow-wow at our show. Our craft
people included blacksmiths and a soap maker. We would very much
like to have more of the early day crafts demonstrated, so if you
or someone you know would be interested please contact us.

Chip Ruhl of Williamsport entertained us with his player piano,
which gave an idea how families relaxed after a hard day’s work
using what we now call antiques.

Most of the activities are geared for the adult interests, so
this year we added some contests for the children. One was a hay
bale rolling contest where the kids (according to age group) rolled
large round bales from a starting point to the finish line. All
participants had a great time. So, bring your children and let them
enter some contests-next year we plan to have a Pedal Tractor

Thanks to the cooperation and hard work of a great many people
our second annual show was ‘Bigger and Better’.

We hope to see you at our third annual reunion on August 3rd,
4th and 5th, 1990. For information contact Randy Brooks
(717)-433-3269 or Yvonne Aikey (717) 433-3599.

  • Published on Apr 1, 1990
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