R.R. # 1, Box 107, Edwardsport, Indiana 47528
The sixth annual White River Valley Antique and Machinery Show proved to be the very best ever! Held September 7,8,9,1990, with a big rain on Saturday, the spirits of the club members, exhibitors, and spectators were very high. On Thursday the biggest wagon train ever came rolling into the Daviess County Fairgrounds. That signaled the beginning of the show the next day.
Friday was designated as school children's day, a day to educate the children about their past heritage. The club was originated for the purpose of the collection, restoration, preservation and exhibition of antique Americana. What better way to tell the saga of yesteryear than to school children? That Friday over 3,000 children saw, firsthand, how their ancestors lived and worked.
Each day saw domestic chores at work, threshing, sawmill working, hay presses, shingle mill, Baker fans, horse-powered machinery, and field demonstrations. There was always the exploration of the tools of a time gone by with a toy display, hand tools, and other collections, horse carriages and machinery, antique cars, trucks, over 200 tractors, belt driven dynamometer and more. Crowds enjoyed the big steam engines and the sounds of their whistles to signal noon, just as they did at the threshing ring. The parade on Saturday and Sunday was always a welcomed relief; what a good time to sit a spell and enjoy the parade and rest weary bones. One of the favorite things of the young and old alike was the fun farm where all the animals were.
Browsers wandering down Main Street found a large flea market, ham and beans cooking in the black iron kettles, food stands, lemonade, apple cider being made, and homemade ice cream. If food sounds good, what about the sorghum cooking, cornmeal being ground, homemade root beer, or some honey from the resident bee hive?
Women always seem to gather at the general store and the Avenue of Shops of Yesteryear. The quilts were very interesting and so were the quilting bee ladies. How about the lye soap that was being made, and the old rug loom making those wonderful rag rugs? Demonstrations of crafts of an earlier period were continuously observed.
As you walked closer to Gasoline Alley, you could hear the popping of over 300 engines on display. As one man said, 'It's music to my ears.' The club has a new 150 horsepower Page engine and a one cylinder 25 horsepower Caterpillar engine running in their own special house, which people found very unique.
Seems there were a lot of people who liked to go back to school, as the line at the one room schoolhouse was always long. School was in session every hour on the hour and the reminiscing of bygone days made the waiting go faster. The teacher would put you through your paces as you sat at your desk with slate board in hand.
It was very interesting to see the corn shucking contest on Saturday. A lot of contestants and observers were there giving their expert advice on how to properly shuck the corn. The contest lasted all day and it was the first time it had been attempted here. Everyone agreed it would be in the 1991 show. Experienced old timers plowed and worked the land with teams of horses as well as old tractors. What an enjoyable way to remember what farming used to be like!
There was entertainment going on all the time. Many enjoyed the Fiddlers Contest which was held on Sunday afternoon. The western square dancing, gospel music and bluegrass music added a lot to the three day event.
Rained out for a second year was the Saturday night tractor pull, but it didn't dampen the spirits of those involved. Their last words that night were, 'We'll try again next year.' This is the kind of enthusiasm that makes each show bigger and better. However, the Kiddie Tractor Pull was a huge success on Saturday afternoon. It was so enjoyable to see the youngsters pulling. Their faces told the story at the end of each pull.
Sunday morning church service was an important part of the weekend. We all came together and worshipped. The preaching and music were great, and everyone came away with a feeling of togetherness.
Don't miss the 7th annual show on September 13, 14, 15, 1991. The location is the Daviess County Fairgrounds at Elnora, Indiana. You will surely enjoy the weekend and the people who help put the show together. Come prepared to camp, as there will be plenty of camping and parking spaces available. Motels are located within 30 minutes of the grounds. Lock up the house, tie up the dog, tell all your neighbors and plan to attend the White River Valley Antique and Machinery Show.