Rt 2, Box 19A, Perryton, Texas, 79070
There was a lot to see and a good crowd came for the Golden Spread Antique Machinery Association's 9th annual show held September 20-21, 1986. The show, only one of its kind in the Texas Panhandle, was held on the Donald Sell farm southeast of Perryton. The show, which gives a look at the way things used to be, has grown in popularity each year. It seems one of the best advertisers is people who come one year and return the next year bringing friends and relatives. Visitors often express surprise and delight at the quality and quantity of the show.
The grandstands were overflowing for the 1:30 p.m. parade each day which showed many of the vehicles in action. As each vehicle is driven before the grandstands, announcer Richard Sell tells a brief history about it. The parade features demonstrating the story of harvesting grain, beginning with a small hand cycle, long handled sythe, flail, cradle and sythe, and progressing on to the Ransomes and Sims Horse Power thrashing machine, the horse drawn Deering Ideal Reaper, and the header and barge. The story advances to tractor-powered combines, and the parade ends with an old time wheat thrashing demonstration using a steam engine and separator.
The various horse drawn equipment is always of special interest. This year John Stokes and Donald Maul, both of Pampa, brought six of their beautiful Belgium Draft horses to power the equipment.
The 1986 show featured John Deere equipment. Beginning with two 1916 Waterloo Boy tractors, the forerunner of John Deere, right on through the years to a new 1986 John Deere 4850 tractor, the lineup of tractors evidenced the change of progress. Each decade was represented with several different tractors. Several pieces of antique John Deere equipment were pulled by the old tractors, such as a 1924 3-disc plow which was used to break up the sod in years gone by and a 3-row Lister planter used during the dust bowl days.
Other tractors besides John Deere were on hand too, such as Avery, Little Bull, Flour City, Hart Parr, Mogul, Rock Island Heider, Massey, Titan, Twin City, McCormick, Case, Wallis, and numerous others.
Making a first time appearance at the show this year were two Hines combines, one owned by Bob Taylor and one owned by Donald Sell. There is no known printed literature about these combines. The history of the Hines combines collected has been by word of mouth, and the men are looking for anyone who can add to their knowledge.
The show and parade also featured an impressive group of antique cars and trucks, gasoline engines, a working cow dog demonstration, a museum, and a multiple kite flying exhibition, and a large number of flea market exhibitors.
As the Golden Spread Antique Machinery Association provides a glimpse into our past heritage with the annual show, they also look to the future for plans for the show in 1987. Always scheduled for the third weekend in September, the tenth annual show is scheduled for September, 1920, 1987. Case International equipment will be featured this year. The Association extends a Texas sized welcome to all visitors and exhibitors!