As the saying goes "time flies when you're having fun" and that's just my thought as we come into August and September; late summer but as with each year a busy time in my area for the oil field engine enthusiast.
In my position as secretary/caretaker or whatever it's called, of the Oil Field Engine Society (OFES), I always try as best I can either via this column or the Internet, to promote shows that want to feature oil field engines. I am happy to report that there already have been several this year and more yet to come.
• The Wheels of Yesteryear show in Bluffton, Ind., is Aug. 8-10, featuring lesser known tractors and of course oil field engines. For information on this show, contact Dave Park, (260) 824-4743.
• The West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival at Sistersville, W.Va., will be Sept. 12-13.
• The Northern Indiana Historical Power Association Antique Equipment Show is Sept. 26-28 and features oil field engines along with Cockshutt tractors. Visit www.nihpa.org for info.
Also, the directors of "Northern Indiana Power From the Past" have already contacted us to have an oil field engine feature at their show, which will be the third weekend of July 2009. For information on that show contact Robert Smith, (800) 572-3651.
In other communications received here at the OFES desk is a letter from the Oil Region Alliance of Oil City, Pa., concerning its 17-month (August 2008 to December 2009) "Oil 150" program celebrating the sesquicentennial of the first oil well drilled by "Colonel" Drake in Titusville in 1859. Purposes of the celebration include:
• Increasing worldwide awareness of the sesquicentennial of oil.
• Increasing national public knowledge and understanding of the significance of the early oil and natural gas industry developments in Pennsylvania.
• Educating the public on the petroleum industry's development.
• Educating the public on the social and economic benefits the industry has brought to the nation.
• Increasing tourism at oil-related sites.
One of the dates on the "Oil 150" calendar that may be of interest, is the Drake Well Museum's "Fall Gas-Up" Sept. 20, 2008, when the museum invites antique gas engines on the museum grounds, in cooperation with the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society.
For more information contact the Drake Well Museum, (814) 827-2797 or e-mail email@example.com.
For information on the "Oil 150" program visit www.oil150.com.
And finally, on the subject of oil, I hope the shows will have good attendance and participation in spite of the high fuel prices we have been experiencing. It should be an encouragement to the modelers in our hobby who have a lot less iron in their displays to haul around. Unfortunately the reality of the times is that we might see a decrease in the number of very large engines being transported to shows. It definitely is a factor now when one decides, "Am I going to take the 6,000-pound 25 HP engine or the 1,500-pound 5 HP engine?" My consolation as I think on the situation is that it really doesn't matter what exhibit I may have with me, if any; what's more important is the joy and friendship I get out of seeing my many friends in the engine hobby. So, the most important thing we bring is ourselves, even if it's on an 80-mile per-gallon motor scooter.
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