Hover-Crafts: Stay Off Our Balance Platform!

| May/June 1992

R.D. 1, Box 116, Wassaic, New York 12592 Photos by Mark MacDonald

Since our 1989 show report in the April 1990 issue of GEM, the annual Antique Machinery & Oldtime Crafts Festival, hosted by the Century Museum Village & Collectors Association, has been relocated from Stan-fordville, New York to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York.

The 1991 Festival featured manually powered equipment, brass-era autos and pre-war commercial vehicles. Special consultant John Montville presented an informative slide program on Saturday evening which traced the development of Mack trucks and other commercial pioneer vehicles. John is an internationally recognized authority on early commercial vehicles and has written two books on the history of Mack.

As in previous years, spectators and exhibitors were well entertained by a potpourri of antique machinery, oldtime craft demonstrations, unusual antique autos such as Pete Wing's 1907 Cadillac which was purchased new by the king of Egypt, musical programs, the kid's pedal-tractor pulling contest and various moving tractor events. This year's winner on the balancing platform was 15-year old Kyle Mooney on his 1955 Farmall Cub. We suspect that what appeared to be a rotary mower on Kyle's tractor was, in reality, a large fan which transformed his tractor into a hover-craft at the opportune moment! Next year, Kyle, we're putting you on an iron-wheel tractor with poor brakes and no mower deck! Seriously, we really appreciate the young fellows who take such an active interest in the hobby! 

The 1992 Festival will be held on May 16-17 and will feature hot air engines including antiques, models, toys, reproductions and one-of-a-kind designer specials. Frank Pflegl, president of the Hudson Valley Oldtime Power Association, will be our special consultant; he will also be presenting a special program on Saturday evening which will be held right on the showgrounds. By popular demand, the Del-Sen-Nango Oldtyme Fiddlers will be returning for both days of the show. As a yearly sub-feature, the brass-era and early commercial vehicles will be returning. We've noticed that many antique auto shows do not attract those early autos and our goal is to provide an atmosphere which will attract those vehicles.

For more information, please contact our secretary, Mr. Asa Beckwith, R.D. 3, Box 167, Pleasant Valley, New York 12569; or you may call him at (914)635-3217.


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