The First Annual Show of the West Tennessee Antique Engine Association held on June 12-13 at the Gibson County fairground at Trenton attracted over 50 exhibitors from seven states. Displays included 150 gas engines, 6 tractors, 1 steam engine, 4 miniature steam engines and one display of horse drawn farm equipment and one antique car. Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Mississippi, also Tennessee exhibitors from as far East as Cookeville were on hand for the first show.
Show attendance was low on Saturday due to rain but increased on Sunday afternoon which put the association treasury in the black by over $500.00 from gate receipts, sale of show buttons and plaques. Association membership now stands at 44.
Association officers and directors served as show committee in planning and conducting the first show and included Joe Perry, President and his wife, Betsy, Atwood; James Caplinger, Vice-President, Bruceton; Tom McCutchen, Secretary-Treasurer and his wife Peggy, Milan; and directors Larry Robinson and his wife Betty, Bruceton; Billy Year wood, Trenton; J. M. Sudbury, Tiptonville; Billy Britt, Jackson; William Moore, McLemoresville and Wayne Oxford, Camden. In addition association members from Trenton, Albert Taylor and Frank Jones assisted with the show. The Association is also indebted to Bobby Joe Cannon, Gibson County Fair Association President for his time and efforts prior to and during the event. He and the Fair Association provided the facilities at no charge to the Antique Engine Association. Security on Saturday night was provided by Gibson County Sheriff Ralph Moore's staff and on Friday and Saturday nights by the Trenton Police Department.