Antique Tractor & Engine Show

| April/May 1995

88 Flintrock Trail Del Rio, Texas 78840

Boerne, Texasa little jewel of a town between the flatlands of San Antonio and the rolling hillcountry of LBJ. The Boerne area is lush and green, with the trademark state flower, the bluehonnet, at its abundant peak on this windy, cloudy, cool weekend of April 10-11, 1994.

The public-spirited people of Boerne support the small town's nostalgic projects that honor their heritage, not the least of which is agriculture. Following Highway 46 east out of Boerne along the beautifully wooded, historic Cibolo Creek, one finds the Agricultural Heritage Center, home of the Antique Tractor and Engine Show. This is the sixth annual gathering, and from the highway passersby can view the Center's own antique tractors and assorted equipment against a background of new and restored buildings.

Once inside the Center's gate, a number of attractions present themselves both in and around the buildings: a shopful of blacksmith equipment run by a steam engine-driven jack shatt, as well as the traditional tools that make this a true blacksmith shop; a new structure housing a woodworking shop; a museum-in-the-making; and the new restroom facility. Convenient to all these attractions is the food concession, run by the directors' wives, where some of the best homemade hamburgers, cookies, and iced tea in the state can be found. And sloping away from the back of this line of structures is a flower-filled field leading to the creek perfect for a nature stroll or a picnic.

But on to what we really came for engines and tractors. This year, the show had to fight for its share of exhibitors and spectators due to a number of larger shows and events in the area, but it nevertheless drew a nice variety of equipment. There were, as usual, some very interesting engines, my favorite being an old Waterloo. Alton Kallenberg, with his sons David and Rick, owned a trailerload of excellent examples, and yet another exhibit featured perhaps twenty or thirty tiny working model steam engines, each with its own steam source. There was an exquisite V-twin air-powered engine with virtually all its precision-crafted parts visible. Rosalee and Richard Keppler had a seemingly endless variety of weird and wonderful old machinery and equipment. Various other models rounded out the engine display nicely.

The tractor exhibit featured some fascinating old examples, such as Harry Seidensticker's Case 12-20 Cross-mount; Hilmar Bergmann's Farmall Super A, with which we shared the highway coming in; a John Deere D on rubber; and my dad's B.F. Avery Vone and all easy-starting and smooth running, if not yet cosmetically restored.


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