Dream Comes True For White River Valley Antique Association


| August/September 1990



Engine Alley

Engines and log saw in Engine Alley;

RR#l, Box 18 Odon, Indiana 47562

Six years ago a small group of individuals interested in antiques got together and talked. Some were interested in gas engines, some in old tractors, some in steam engines and yes, the women got into it too with old furniture, quilting, lye soap and all the things our ancestors had to do to survive.

They dreamed of having a show but where? The Davies County Fair Grounds in the little town of Elnora, Indiana (population 800) seemed to be a good place since there were buildings available and it was a good central location. The name White River Valley Antique Association was picked because White River is just out of town and 'antique' would cover both men's and women's interests.

With much organization the first two-day show was held in 1985 and proved to be successful. Each year has been better than the last but more space was needed. 36 acres just south of the fair grounds became available and in January 1990 the WRVAA purchased the ground. A planning committee has been working. 100 trees have been set and a new storage building is being erected and camp grounds are being planned. A corn shucking contest is being planned for the 1990 show.

Last year a three-day show was held and over 10,000 individuals passed through the gates. Actually, the show began on Thursday when a wagon train of about 40 units traveled the back roads from the neighboring town of Odon to the fair grounds, followed by a wiener roast.

Each year on Friday, about 1200 elementary school pupils from surrounding schools are invited to see how their ancestors lived. Many of these youngsters have never seen threshing machines at work, horses being used on the farms or apple butter being made in a large kettle outside over a wood fire.