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What constitutes an engine show? Who sets the rules? Why do we go to them? Why do we tinker with this junk that no one else sees the beauty in? There are answers in GEM October '88 by Shirley Whitney and August '88 issue by Philip Whitney. To me they hit the nail on the head!!
I am fairly new to the collecting and restoring of engines with about five years under my belt. With friends of mine like Dick Taylor and Gene Townsend, I have traveled to other shows to learn from the experienced boys on how to build an engine correctly, what color to paint it, and why drag it two hundred miles to show it off. I don't think there is a real answer. One reason I go is because I always meet a nice bunch of good old common people.
We were at a show one Sunday when the question came up 'When are you going to have a show in your area'? This started the wheels turning. I remember sitting on the back porch one hot summer evening with Mark Ware and Danny Marshall, who is now our President, discussing plans for an engine club. To make a long story short, a group of us picked up a charter from the southern part of the state and now we are known as The North Central West Virginia Antique Power Assn.
Our first show was held near Fairmont, West Virginia at Bunner's Ridge Park and proved to be very successful, with about one hundred engines and fifty exhibitors. As with any association we planned to have a larger show for 1988. After several months of searching for suitable grounds, we found the perfect place to have a good show-Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp was selected. Hosted by Jackson's Mill Heritage Arts & Crafts Jubilee, with over fifteen years of experience, they feature more than one hundred craftsmen displaying some of the finest arts and crafts that West Virginia has to offer. Along with a hand-blown glass demonstration, civil war reinactment, country music, photography contest, quilt display, it made the Labor Day weekend sound very inviting.
With over twenty five thousand spectators to be visiting the Jubilee that weekend, we knew there was going to be a parking problem. So we decided to have the show on a grass covered airstrip adjacent to the park. This decision was made so the exhibitors could camp and tailgate their engines.
As weeks wore on, we crossed our fingers as the mill worked hard through horrid hot weather to construct a bridge that would link the mill with the airstrip. When show time came we were sitting on a contract, one hundred beautiful brass plaques, oil and other favors for the exhibitors and a half finished bridge. We extend our apologies for that inconvenience. But the show had to go on.
On Thursday morning when Dick, Mark and I went to the park to rope off the grounds, we found John May-hill of the Florida Flywheelers making himself at home. John proved to be a helpful guest and was one of the last to leave on Monday afternoon.
We ended the weekend with 160 engines and 70 exhibitors from 6 states. Club member Nelson Blake brought a beautifully restored John Deere Model B and Ray Reed showed his screened cooled International. The club sponsored a weiner roast on Saturday evening for the exhibitors with Russ Carlomany and Tom Mc Glumphy as cooks., In his travels to surrounding states, John Denham did a bang-up job promoting the show.
Our show will be held again next Labor Day Weekend at Jackson's Mill near Weston, West Virginia. With the bridge completed, we will have hundreds of people coming through our show to catch the shuttles to the mill.
I just received a newsletter from another club and I would like to quote the following paragraph. 'Also went to Jackson's Mill near Weston, West Virginia. This is a small club but they put on a good show. The hospitality was terrific. I recommend this show, Labor Day weekend to anyone not headed west after the Portland, Indiana show.'
Watch for our ads in Show Guide and GEM, then come see us in Wild Wonderful West Virginia!