News From EDGE&TA

EDGE&TA Branch 22 Fall Show


| January/February 2002



40 HP western engine

This 40 HP Western, the largest engine at the Santee show, was restored by Norm Burke, El Cajon, Calif., and Jerry Ingram, Alpine, Calif.

Santee Lakes provided an open scenic setting for EDGE&TA Branch 22's Fall Show on Oct. 13-14, 2001. And indeed, fall was in the air, with warm days and cool evenings. Members came from all over San Diego County, California and Arizona to participate. This was the third year for the show at this location, and members chose their favorite shady spots to set up their displays of engines, tractors, pumps, grinders, washing machines, farm equipment toys, windmills, and other related items from earlier days. The American flag was flying everywhere, showing the patriotism felt by the membership. Co-chairmen for the show were Cliff North cote and Dudley Mills.

To fully appreciate the equipment displayed, you also had to hear the hit-and-miss of all the engines and tractors running during the day. You could view completely restored engines and tractors along with other 'work in progress.' A 40 HP Western was a decided show stopper, along with 49 other engines, 22 tractors, six garden tractors, four grinders, 14 pumps, three washing machines, two sewing machines, and two trailers with numerous pieces of equipment in operation. Individual items included a fan, a jigsaw, a pump/grinder combination, an ice cream maker, a water fall, a water wheel, an antique Cadillac touring car, a display of farm equipment toys, and a neon Branch 22 sign. The individual items were hooked up to engines with belts or operated by hand to demonstrate how they work.

A tractor parade was held both days at 11a.m., the route parading around all five of the man-made lakes on the site. A local newspaper reporter on hand Saturday was amazed to see so many tractors in one place and the number of years represented. One woman at the show admitted she and her husband own 18 tractors. Their interest started with just one, and just kept growing and growing.

Food was provided and served by Branch 22 member Larry Plaster, who works with St. Vincent De Paul Village and teens from St. Vincent's Toussaint Teen-Center. Many comments were heard on the courtesy and professionalism shown by these teenagers. On Saturday evening, the membership had a potluck dinner and relaxed around the picnic tables overlooking the lakes enjoying conversation and ice cream made with the antique ice cream maker.

Santee Lakes, Santee, Calif., will be the location for the 2004 EDGE&TA National Meeting and Show. Branch 22 looks forward to hosting these events. It's a wonderful location providing many amenities for anyone interested in planning to attend this show.