| March/April 2000

Antique truck

Reed Barton

President, Century Museum Village & Collectors Association, Box 280, Pleasant Valley, New York 12569, Photos by Reed Barton

Jim Warner of Poughkeepsie, New York, puts CMCA's 1919 Republic oil delivery truck through its paces. Antique trucks are a rapidly growing segment of this show.

Bill Smith or verbank, New York, brought along several nicely restored engines and attachments, including this 1910 2 HP Root & Vandervoort engine.

Great weather plus a great new location equaled a great show! Plagued by several years of uncertain weather, our 2nd annual Antique Machinery & Rural Life Days Festival cruised through two days of perfect weather on May 15-16, 1999 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in beautiful Rhinebeck, New York.

Our 150-plus exhibitors gave a 'thumbs up' rating to our new location at the level, grassy race track infield. Even with a good turnout, we found we have oodles of room for expansion. Though the classic tractor pull and most of the antique machinery and vehicles congregated at the infield, many visitors also toured the 10,000 square foot Century Museum Village building with its depictions of country living at the turn of the 20th century. Around the museum, a group of CMVCA volunteers operated the blacksmith shop, the shingle mill and other machinery.

The volume of spectators was a comfortable flow, attesting to our advertising efforts. Several papers, after receiving our press release, called for more details and wrote feature articles. Even the Boston Globe in Massachusetts listed our festival as visitor-worthy!