MAMMOTH CAVE SHOW


| July/August 1983



Gasoline-driven welder

Gasoline-driven welder, owner unknown

Director 83-84 Rt 2, Box 376 Smith's Grove, KY 42171

The 9th Annual Antique Machinery Show was held in Glasgow, KY last September at the American Legion Park. The weather was ideal and a good time was had by all.

We had our problems, of course; there is always the engine that starts every time at home, but refuses to start at the show. I think Tim Russell had to try to find an open Hardware that had just the right size 'O' ring for his #5 HP Stover, and I saw sombody getting very sweaty cranking a stubborn engine that just wouldn't run. Later the problems were ironed out and the chugging of the engines could be heard all over the park. One of the exhibitors lost his father at the show due to a heart attack, but its been said that he died where he wanted to be. One of our members, Bill Magers, also died last year about 2 weeks after the show, but we must go on and the show will go on again this year in September at the same location. An ad for our show will be placed in a later issue of the magazine; watch for it.

We aren't a very big show, but probably around 100 engines and/or tractors will be there and maybe more as our show grows with age. The Mid-KY Region Antique Cars and Trucks were also on display last year along with some Flea Market types with old machinery and misc. to trade or sell. Probably they will be back this year also; check our ad later in the year. The grounds have plenty of shade, there are restrooms, and there is a food sale area. If you don't like our food, there are several well-recognized restaurant chains just outside the gate and the medium-size town of Glasgow.

Of course there were engines all the way form 1 HP to 15 HP in the one cylinder, double flywheel division; there were grist mills where you could buy your stone ground meal; there was the Baker Fan to test your tractor; there was a corn sheller; there was a sorghum mill; there was the cider mill where you could get a cold drink of cider; and there were other exhibits too numerous to name. Our club has also bought a broom machine from the Magers Estate and we are looking for a shingle mill at a reasonable price.

The youngest member, Tim Russell, had his Stover running at last. (He found the needed 'O' rings). He also had on display his simulated locomotive engine. The engine is complete with a steam engine and boiler, but unfortunately it isn't certified and he couldn't run it at the show.