Coverage of the Fourth Annual Show


| May/June 1975



Gas engines

Ted Wiseman

Central Kentucky Steam & Gas Engine Assn. Inc. Paris, Kentucky

Memory and the ability to learn are possibly the most worthwhile and enjoyable possessions available to the people of this age. Certainly the ability to remember things as they were is used and enjoyed by older people every day. These memories, in turn, create learning situations for those, like myself, who did not know this world and this life before the 1950s. Through these memories, pieces of history that cannot be remembered because of lack of age can be enjoyed all the same.

The members of the Central Steam & Gas Engine Assn., Inc., are bringing back a lot of memories for a lot of people, and a lot of new experiences for an even greater number. Each year, just outside of Paris, Kentucky, the members of this organization devote a lot of time, money, and hard work in order to present antique farm equipment, machines, implements, automobiles, trucks, and engines of all kinds as they should be presented - fully restored, explained, and performing the type of work they have performed since the early 1900s. It is a memorable experience to spend a day or week-end with machines and people who have been the mainstay of this country for over three-quarters of a century. It's fascinating to compare a machine 70 years old to the same machine manufactured in 1975, especially when you can see, touch, and even ride on the machines you're comparing.

Gas engines at Show and Reunion in 1974 of the Central Kentucky Steam and Gas Engine Assn. Picture by Jodie Watkins, Paris, Kentucky 40361.

Gas engine display of Billy Joe Broaddus, R.R. 2, Lancaster, Kentucky 40444. Note: The rare Hoosier engine on left. Taken at the Central Kentucky Steam and Gas Engine Assn. Show in July of 1974. Photo by Jodie Watkins, Paris, Kentucky 40361.

Each July, several acres adjoining the Paris Stockyards are filled with thousands of people from all over the country. Some from as far south as Florida, as far north as the Canadian border, east to New York, and as far west as Iowa. All these people come to see and enjoy the past. And the past is there in the form of machines. If you like old tractors, you can see any kind you can think of. Whether you're interested in John Deere or Waterloo Boy, Ford or Case, Farmall or International, Minneapolis or Hu-ber they'll all be there. They simply sit to be admired, parade the grounds, stretch fence, or perform any kind of work that needs to be done around the showgrounds.