Carrying on Traditions ... Showing their Possessions

A Look at Some of Last Year's Shows Gets us into the Mood for a New Round in 2003

| April/May 2003

Freeland Valley Antique Power Club Show

The 11th Annual Freeland Valley Antique Power Show held July 26-28, 2002, was a big success, with more tractors, engines, flea market vendors and people than ever before.

For the 2002 show the club featured International tractors, including Farmall and McCormick-Deering, and 80 featured tractors made the trip to the show grounds. Bessemer gas engines were the featured engine, and 35 Bessemers were on hand for attendees to view. Beyond the featured tractors and engines we had 102 tractors and more than 130 engines on display.

One goal for 2003 is to install a compressor and connect it to the 110 HP Bessemer engine that we operated in 2002, and we're also planning a new addition. The club was given a 20 HP Oil City Boiler Works engine, originally run by steam then converted to gas by South Penn Oil Co. These engines were known as half-breeds, and the Oil City engine was donated to the club by Jim Klotz, Louisville, Ohio. We plan on having the engine operating during the show.

A fine representation of IHC, McCormick-Deering and Farmall tractors were on hand for last year's Freeland Valley Antique Power Club Show held at Delmar Warne Field east of Zanesville, Ohio.

The winner of the 1951 Farmall Cub tractor we raffled off was Rick Grant, Nashport, Ohio. This year, we will raffle a Case VAC tractor. The kids pedal tractor pull was an overwhelming success, again, and we gave away a Farmall pedal tractor donated by various individuals and businesses. We had many other donations for the show, which play an important part in our show's success. There are so many people who work hard and contribute time to make our show a success. A big help is the donations of various items and money by businesses and individuals. Without this we could not be successful and grow bigger every year.

The entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was great, and attendance just keeps growing. Church service on Sunday was impressive and attendance was better than the previous year.