Big Time In Baraboo

| January/February 1993

Fuller & Johnson

Fuller & Johnson 5 HP Model DE, serial number 5250, shipped out in 1910. Owned by Gordon Ferguson, Morris, Illinois.

Keeping our noses to the grindstone day in, day out to get the pages of Gas Engine Magazine together for our readers doesn't always leave us here at GEM with much time to get out to as many shows as we'd like. Of course, we always try to get to the ones in our own backyard, and some of us rely on the Show Directory to help us plan our vacations, but we never get out to see as many of our engine friends as we'd like.

I did get a chance this summer to make a special trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin, home of the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club, for their 29th annual show August 21-23, 1992. The featured event at this year's show was 'The Great Fuller & Johnson Rally.'

The sun shone hot and bright on the Sauk County Fairgrounds as exhibitors gathered from points far and wide to show off their engines, tractors, and steam traction engines. By the close of the show, over 8,000 spectators and several hundred exhibitors had enjoyed the well-organized displays.

Several steam engines took their turn at working the sawmills, threshing, and hulling clover. Bleacher seats were provided for spectators at the sawmill, and they were filled with young and old to watch the action.

Rows and rows of tractors were on hand, lined up like soldiers ready to do battle with the farm chores.

The show boasts an extensive flea market, which grew this year by 20% over previous shows. Items for sale ran the gamut from engine and tractor parts (new and used), owner's manuals and assorted literature, crafts, gadgets, and scads of antiques.