Our First Show: What A Success!!!

| July/August 1989

  • Ken Follmer
    Ken Follmer with his display of 45 different engines.

  • Ken Follmer

R. D. #1, Box 39 Montoursville, Pennsylvania 17754

After two years of planning, several work days, a multitude of phone calls and inquiries, the big day arrived-the opening of the first annual show of the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Association, Inc., August 5th, 6th, and 7th.

The dream many of our members shared was becoming a reality. Excitement filled the air. It was wonderful seeing everyone cooperating and working together to make this an event not soon to be forgotten. But there was also a hint of fear. Was everything taken care of? Did everyone know what they were supposed to do? Would the weather cooperate? Would we draw a crowd?

Our first show featured the largest Caterpillar collection in the east owned by George Logue of Montoursville, Pennsylvania.

We had 225 gas, steam and hit & miss engines, 100 antique farm tractors, 3 steam engines, 52 antique cars and trucks, an antique fire truck and several teams of horses. We were amazed at the number of exhibitors who turned out, as well as the spectators who showed an interest in becoming exhibitors next year.

The three day event was held at the Lycoming County Consolidated Sportsman's Grounds. The location and layout of the grounds are excel lent. There is a spacious, open, and fairly level area to provide ample parking area and display area. We also had a large flea market with several craft people and several eating concessions. Camping was available on the grounds and there were lots of trees around to provide shade.