A Show Report From The Deep South


| January/February 1989

Dixieland Engine & Agriculture Club Route 4, Box 105 Ellisville, Mississippi 39437

The Dixieland Old Time Engine and Agriculture Club held its 7th Annual Show on April 8-10, 1988 at the Laurel, Mississippi Fairgrounds. The theme of this year's show was 'Puff, Putt'n and Pop', and featured engines dating from the turn of the century to a modern rocket engine of the type that lifted the lunar module off the moon.

We had 161 gas, 11 steam, 9 outboard, 3 marine, 2 Maytag washing machines, 3 tractors, 5 hot air, 2 vacuum, 2 rocket and 1 antique airplane engine. Also 1 truck and two trailer loads of 'trading engines'. Buying, selling, and trading was brisk at times.

Each engine or exhibit entitled the owner to a free chance on an engine to be given away. Tommy Cox of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was the lucky winner.

The Pinebelt Antique Auto Club held their show and swap meet at the same time, so the days were filled with the noise of running engines and the smell of gasoline while the nights hosted the sound of bluegrass music furnished by local bands who came to pick and sing. Hundreds of people gathered Saturday afternoon to watch the square dancers and doggers perform.

This year we tried to have something for every member of the family to enjoy. In addition to the music and dancing, young and old alike enjoyed riding around the race track in the antique cars.