Crank ‘Er Up!

By Staff
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Carolina Fly wheelers’ Engine Club Route 5, Box 375 Boone,
North Carolina 28607

During the month of July ’94 the High Country experienced a
rainy, soggy season. It rained 28 out of 31 days. Thankfully, it
did not rain two of the three days during our show. However,
visitors and exhibitors to the 15th annual High Country Crank-Up in
Boone, North Carolina, had more than the weather to talk about.
There were engines everywhere! This type of participation has
caused experts to cast a new view at us and are referring to it as
‘one of the larger shows in the South.’

Our show had the best over-all display we’ve ever had. We
had 225 exhibitors with 24 garden tractors; 17 model engines,
including a model grist mill; four full-sized steam engines; 360
gasoline engines; 23 tractors; PLUS generators, forges, chain saws,
ice cream machine, lawn mowers, rope makers, tool displays, feed
mills, kiddy cars, pump jacks, water rams, wood saws, washing
machines, wood lathes, motor scooters, coffee mills, hog oilers,
hot air engine, pedal tractors, toys, cider mills, apple peeler
display, and dairy display, as well as crafts and plenty of good
food.

The gas engine and antique auction was once again very aptly
organized by John and Ruby Bumgarner, assisted by the Scholl
family: Christy, Ray and Jody. The food booth was manned by the
Ralph Herman and Ralph Haner families, plus many other devoted club
members and/or their spouses. They also sold our club caps and
T-shirts. Needless to say, they were always kept pretty busy.

The High Country Crank-Up also has the honor of representing
four months (January, February, November, & December) of this
year’s show calendar done by Norman Durham of Old Farm Days in
Pendleton, South Carolina. And please don’t overlook the June
cover story of GEM. This excellent article was written by our
capable club president Ray Scholl.

With our 70 ‘eateries’ ranging from fast food to fine
dining, and 1500 first-class motel and hotel accommodations, why
not make plans to attend this year’s show on July 28, 29 and
30, 1995. Although there are lots of places to stay, it is most
important to be sure to call ahead for reservations.

The mountains of western North Carolina host many special events
and festivals, and offer a wide variety of things to do. In
addition to our show, join us for some of these other
activities:

July An Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University,
Boone.

July 26-August 26Annual August Show Exhibition at The Jones
House, downtown Boone.

July 26-August 6Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, Blowing
Rock.

July 28Street Dance, downtown Newland.

July 28North Carolina Symphony at Chetola, Blowing Rock.

July 28Saint Mary’s Annual Tour of Homes, Blowing Rock.

July 29Nineteenth Annual On-the-Square Arts Festival, downtown
Newland.

July 29-30Banner Elk Arts and Crafts Festival, Banner Elk.

For further information call Carolina Fly wheelers’
coordinators Mack Hodges, (704) 264-2196, or Raymond Scholl, (704)
297-4406. For motel reservations and other events, call the Visitor
Information Center at (704) 264-1299.

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