Rob Labell and Larry Myers pull on wheel to get engine going.
Submitted by Rob La Bell 4077 Day Street Burton, Michigan 48519
As we watched trucks, tractors, various antique vehicles, assorted engines and steamers come into the Village for the show on August 5 & 6, 1989 it seemed an appropriate welcome when the steam whistle on the Huckleberry R.R. engine gave its blast. It was thrilling to see how it was all shaping up, helping people find their places to set up displays. The Village Collectors Club was the host for the weekend, welcoming clubs from several areas. We were pleased to have about 100 different exhibitors.
There were engines of all types chugging, thumping, popping, and hissing-the technical names and facts of which I knew little. That did not keep me from enjoying the sights and sounds and stories from the old and the not-so-old who were more than pleased to share their memories and tell how they worked to restore their prized possessions to show them off as they were in their prime. Some of the old engines were rigged up to do fun things like make ice cream, work a marble game, pop corn, and many just to hum and whirr-making their own music all over the Village Commons.
One street in the village was roped off and large circles were prepared for those participating in the Marble Shoot. I saw young and old testing their shooting skills, and some of us, like me, were just watching and cheering-on our favorites. They gave a souvenir bag of marbles to all who registered. Over on another street was an area for the Kiddie Pedal Pulling Contest. Those kids really gave a good effort, and were really pleased to receive the beautifully made trophies that were built by our club president, Rob La Bell. There was also a hospitality tent where the ladies of the Collectors Club gave out coffee and doughnuts, and had a display of old kitchen and farm implements. Also, we had old clothing, dolls, fancywork, sewing basket items, and some old-time projects being worked on while people watched.
In the Stanley School was a storyteller sharing books with toys that were featured in them. Each day at 1:00 we held a parade of the vehicles through town, led by the Crossroads Village Kazoo Band, made up of members of our Collectors Club.
We sweltered in the high 90 's on Saturday, and then shivered on Sunday-due to a thirty degree drop in the temperature. But I'm sure many of us have warm memories of the weekend. We'll look forward to meeting you all again on this and other crossroads-when we can share more fun and pay honor to the mechanical work, strength, and ingenuity of our forefathers who gave us such a rich history to learn from and enjoy, and now to help recreate. So, till then, be s-s-s-s-seeing you!