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Stationary Engine List

| June/July 2000

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By the time this is in print, show season should be well under way and all the winter restoration projects will be out on public view. This last month, there has been a lot of discussion about show displays on out internet mailing list, and once again I've had a problem condensing all the information to a manageable size! It started with this question:

This year our local show is going to try to emphasize working displays. What are some of the things other shows/people are doing that demonstrates to the viewing public what our equipment was built to do? The ideas and information came in thick and fast from around the world with both practical and zany suggestions (a 16HP Galloway-powered pencil sharpener???), along with advice on how to make displays educational and safe.

I find at shows that the engines in their 'working clothes,' actually running a grist mill, brick crusher or water pump will draw the crowd and evoke the most questions and interest.

In my displays, I try to have something for the kids to do. You remember what you do far better than what you hear, see, or say. I have a corn sheller belted to an engine and a corn grinder mounted on a wagon with an engine. What is neat is that I have hand operated shellers and grinders next to each rig so not only can the kids operate the hand equipment (under my supervision only), but they can realize the work saved by our wonderful engines. They also get an idea about how their grandparents did their daily chores.

We have a local 'farm heritage' show every September where the shelling and grinding is VERY popular since a lot of people from the city visit to let the kids see how it 'used to be.' They also have cows for the kids to pet and have rigged a rubber glove to a wooden cow so the kids can practice milking, 'train' rides around the grounds being pulled by a small tractor and two of the crank type rope makers. We let the kids make jump ropes they get to take home. We also have demonstrated doing the wash with a tub and wash board as well as a Maytag washer so they can see progress.


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