CLIFTON-Little Town-Big Show


| July/August 1988

  • J.D. Pulling Separator
    Russ Luse, show president on his J.D. pulling the separator.
  • Model G Minneapolis
    Col. Norm Stuckey with his Model G Minneapolis'
  • Schaub engine
    Bill Schaub, attender of many shows with his rare Schaub engine.
  • Jason Borchers
    Jason Borchers, my grandson, and cousin Cris McGourk.

  • J.D. Pulling Separator
  • Model G Minneapolis
  • Schaub engine
  • Jason Borchers

13 W. Plum St., Tipp City, OH 45371

Nestled in a small valley surrounded by trees, and not very large hills, is the little town of Clifton, Ohio. A unique little town ideally suited for a show, the whole town itself is practically in the show.

You could find flea markets lined up on both sides of the streets, and every other available little niche. Arts and crafts filled in spaces also, and food concessions were plentiful, but the ham and beans cooked in the big iron kettle, were just too tempting to pass by without sampling.

Gas engines, and there were many, were finding their place in the great chorus of activity that was going on all around. Even the scaled down models of tractors and steam engines had their little song to sing. And what a pretty sight to see over at the tractor area, all lined up, gleaming, shining, and some not so shining, but running and ready to take their place in the parade.

Yes, 'Old Clifton Days' is quite a show, and I for one am looking forward to the show in 1988.

Well after visiting with old friends and making some new, I rounded up my grandson and his cousin from Atlanta, Georgia, who had never been to a show before. But before we left, we had to check out a long line of people. There must be something good at the other end or they would not be in line, and sure enough, as we neared the front, there it was-homemade ice cream and home-made pie. What a way to depart from a show, happy-full stomach-and new memories.


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