Hit-and-Miss

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'A 175 HP Otto on display and running, one of the many reasons to visit the Coolspring Power Museum. '
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When I was a young boy growing up in the Chicago area, my
passion was baseball. If I wasn’t outside playing games with my
friends, I was inside watching the Cubs or the White Sox on TV
while sorting through my baseball cards.

I was smart enough at the time to realize I’d never make it to
the Major Leagues. Instead, my fantasy was someday visiting the
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and getting as close as
possible to my heroes through a beat-up glove or worn jersey.

I still haven’t made it to Cooperstown, but I feel like I’ve
been someplace just as special after visiting Coolspring Power
Museum for the Summer Expo in June.

What began in the early ’70s as a small shed full of engines in
Dr. Paul Harvey’s Pennsylvania backyard has grown into one of the
must-visit destinations in the hobby. I’ll go even further than
that and call it the hobby’s Hall of Fame. After all, you’ll see
engines at Coolspring that you won’t see anywhere else.

You’ll also be treated to a show experience that you’ll be
hard-pressed to find elsewhere. In addition to the high quality of
privately-owned engines that the museum attracts, the quality of
people at the show is top notch, from the volunteers on staff to
the food vendors to the exhibitors themselves. Spend a full day or
two at the show and the grounds turn into the bar in “Cheers” where
everybody knows your name.

While giving me the VIP tour of the grounds, Dr. Harvey
mentioned that sometimes he wonders if he should try to recast the
image of the show to try and make it feel like more than just a
get-together in someone’s backyard. I hope I didn’t overstep my
bounds by quickly responding that I thought it would be a mistake
to change the image. The reason I enjoyed the show so much was
precisely because it felt like it was a get-together among friends
in someone’s backyard. And I’d like to thank Dr. Harvey, Preston
Foster and everyone else at Coolspring for that very memorable
experience.

You can find out for yourself at the Coolspring Fall Expo, Oct.
16-18.

2009 Show Directory

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about the 2009 Farm Collector Show Directory. Over the
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the 2008 directory will receive your packets for the 2009 edition.
If you haven’t received your packet by the end of September, feel
free to give us a call at (800) 682-4704.

Christian Williams
Associate Editor
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