Branch 28 Founding And Show Report

| July/August 1989

  • Joe Hardin's 25 HP Superior
    Joe Hardin's 25 HP Superior at Branch 28, West Plains, Missouri, last August

  • Joe Hardin's 25 HP Superior

Route 4, Box 88 Gainesville, Missouri 65655

Very early in 1988 Bob Moore, Joe Hardin and Bruce Dawson got together to discuss, among other things, the formation of an antique engine and tractor club. As a result, an ad was placed in our local swap and trade paper. The date was set for March 7, 1988 at the Ramada Inn at West Plains, Missouri.

Twenty-nine attended that gathering and much ground was covered. The cost of the meeting room inspired us to seek another location. The Community Room at Centerre Bank in West Plains became our regular meeting place on the first Monday evening of each month.

The first group of officers selected were: Joe Hardin, Safety Director; Gary Underwood, Secretary-Treasurer; Bruce Dawson, Vice President; while Ed Roininen was 'volunteered' into the Presidential hot seat. It was decided to try and affiliate with E.D.G.E. &. TA. An inquiry was sent to Jack Versteeg on March 21, 1988, and as a result Branch 28 became a reality.

We then tackled setting up a show. 'Where' was taken care of when we approached the Board of the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds. The third weekend in August was open, and we were set. Publicity, insurance and activities came next. A shortage of workers was a worry, as it is with all shows.

Time flew by. Showtime came, as did quite a heavy rain on Friday, our set-up day. The pulling grounds turned to slick, sticky grease. Saturday turned out great. We had about 50 gas engines and 35 tractors show up. Not bad for 'first timers'.