Blue Ridge Steam & Gas


| January/February 1989

Rt. 1, Box 96 Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486

The Blue Ridge Steam and Gas Association held its first show on June 23-25, 1988, with the Weyers Cave, Virginia, Volunteer Fire Department Lawn Party. The enclosed photos reflect a successful event. The Blue Ridge Steam and Gas Association was organized in November, 1987, became incorporated in April, 1988 and now has 87 charter members and 108 members. Our success is due to community support and the Weyers Cave Volunter Fire Department advertising, exchanging ideas and providing lighted grounds and building.

Our first show had 103 exhibitors with 149 gas engines, 47 tractors, 3 oil pulls, 3 steam engines, 41 model engines, a model steam-engine and saw mill. Each day there was a wood saw and hay press-bailer in operation. On Saturday a John Deere tractor inched out the competition in a slow-tractor race and the winner has been given 'braggin' rights' until next year. A lot of interest was shown in a hog oiler on display.

There were exhibitors from 4 states-Virginia, West Virginia, New York and North Carolina. We want to thank the exhibitors, people that hauled equipment, fire department,. community businesses and our spouses.

We sold hats and had a 50/50 drawing to help cover expenses. For next year, June 29, 30, and July 1, 1989, we are looking forward to- hard work, a tractor pull, more lights in display area, visiting other shows and working with exhibitors. It all adds up to an 'old fashioned good time'. Make plans to join us next year!