Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association's 26th Annual Show


| April/May 1998



Just half of the tractors

Just half of the tractors on display at the 1997 show.

452 County Road 33 Bluff ton, Ohio 45817

Once more the sounds of days gone by echoed through the Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds in Findlay, Ohio for four days, July 31 though August 3.

The sounds of sawmilling, tractor pulls, threshing, and hit and miss engines were everywhere. We had the type of weather for the week that could only have been special-ordered.

There were ten steamers on display, with each taking their turn at the sawmill, thresher, and Baker fan. The smell and sounds of the steamers hinted at the memories of work and power and a by gone way of life that it's a shame we cannot all experience. The wail of the whistles were a reminder that we shouldn't underestimate their abilities to work, if they were to once more be called upon to pull the load, or work the fields, and retake their place as the king of power in the fields of America.

There were 360 gas tractors of a wide variety of brands (with an emphasis on Ohio built equipment), putting on a fine show while working under the load of the pulling sled and the shingle and sawmill. The parade of equipment on Saturday gave all the tractors and steamers the chance to show off their colors.

Some folks and their tractors entertained spectators with a tractor square dance. It's called just like any square dance, only the tractors were the focus of attention. What a sight, seeing the tractors moving in unison to the direction of the caller. It's also a testimonial to the folks who are behind the wheel and their abilities to maneuver the machines in such a manner.