An 'Earful' from the Clinton County Corn Festival


| January/February 1993



1920 20-40 Oil Pull

The Atley, Glenn, Olinger families in front of their 1920 20-40 Oil Pull. (Missing are the Robert Olinger family from Florida.)

3230 Fontaine Road Columbus, Ohio 43232

Clear skies, 75 degree temperatures, great food and a lot of 'steam' made for a memorable 15th annual Clinton County Corn Festival held September 11, 12, and 13 at the fairgrounds in Wilmington, Ohio. This festival has been a yearly event since the Antique Power Club was formed on a cold, rainy November 25th evening around the kitchen table in Warren Murphy's home. There were five original charter members who began the club in 1972: Warren Murphy, Ralph Eltzroth, Bob Olinger, Maynard Harris and Donald Haines. Two of the charter members, Bob Olinger and Maynard Harris have passed away, and Warren Murphy and Donald Haines are the only two original members still active at the Corn Festival. Mr. Eltzroth is no longer able to participate physically, but his presence is still felt. The Antique Power Club now boasts a membership of over 300, with members as far away as Ft. Myers, Florida.

The roots of the first Corn Festival started twenty years ago in the backyard of the Clinton County Historical Society and featured just a few small, stationary engines. The Festival has grown into a three day affair that encompasses the entire grounds of the Clinton County Fairgrounds. There is certainly 'something for everyone' at this outstanding show.

It's a sure fact that no one could be bored since the three days were filled with entertaining sights and events to please every age. Maps and schedules were distributed to make getting around easier, and so people could keep track of the happenings around the grounds.

The children were kept busy in the Children's Corner with puppet shows, games, face painting, workshops, stories and a gigantic tug-of-war. The events were fun, safe and well supervised.

Of course, there were always the steam engines, the Rumely Oil Pull, the tractors, the Aultman Taylor tractor, the homemade steam engine built over a three year period by Maxwell Murphy, and the antique cars to look at. At various times throughout the three days was the exciting starting and running of the 200 horsepower Fairbanks Morse engine. In that same area of the grounds were dozens of stationary engines of different makes and sizes.