1997 Boone Crank-Up Highlights

| July/August 1998

Sec. Boone, North Carolina, Crank-Up 3841 Highway 421 S. Boone, North Carolina 28607

On this cozy winter's day as I look out the window, I think back to our last show and write this report. It's not too difficult to imagine that it won't be long until it's show time again. (That thought surely does make the blustery wind and snow more tolerable, doesn't it?) I suppose the reason for remembering our last show so fondly is because we always have such a good time. As I use the word 'we,' I think that pretty much describes most everyone, club members and other exhibitors.

Our club works hard and puts so much of themselves into the show. They think that it is important to make people feel welcome and at home. We want people to be able to relax and enjoy the show, as well as the beautiful surroundings. Our show strives to bring the simplicity of the past to the convenience of today; a way to honour the past while participating in the present. This was pointed out so well to us by Rev. Richard Holshouser during our Sunday morning worship service last year when he said that he had this show thing all figured out. He said, 'The engine show is just an excuse for the owners to get together for a reunion; they sit, talk and visit while they listen to their engines run.'

The Boone Show usually has something different every year. I believe these events are sometimes planned, and sometimes amazingly, they are spontaneous. For instance, this past year we were fortunate to have, in addition to all the antique farm machinery and tools, engines, steam stuff, tractors, antique cars, etc., Kenneth Gochenour, a local Park Ranger who did a live demonstration on Friday and Saturday of rail splitting. This was most interesting and received a lot of attention. When he finished splitting the logs, he then stacked them into an actual split rail fence. He told us that he learned how to do this in the sixties.

At the end of the show, a niece of mine and her family, received most of the rails. The rails were loaded onto a pick-up truck, taken on about a two-hour drive, and unloaded. She wrote me a note a short time later saying that they finally got the logs arranged into a fence, that it was a real chore, and it sure wasn't as easy as that guy made it look! They arranged them, and re-arranged and re-arranged!

Another 'hot event' was the tractor parade. Last year they were joined by the Antique Car Club of Hickory, North Carolina, plus other classic cars and trucks. We even had three generations of avid John Deere enthusiasts in the parade.


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