William 'Bill' Hagar of Monroe, VA on his 1953 77 Oliver Row Crop.
Rt.3,Box l74-C Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
On the morning of May 22,1993, the sun rose over the lakes, farms, and fields of Stonewall, Virginia, with a little something extra in the air.
A big pot of Brunswick stew and hot coffee had everyone's attention. Then a gasoline engine hit, a tractor started, and it was SHOW TIME!
With one show under our belt, and 98 members, we were ready to go again. The Stonewall Antique Power Show and Swap Meet began with prayer offered by Monroe Dyess of the Oakville Ruritan Club. Our vice president, Ernest Campbell, then introduced all of the club officers and delivered a welcome to everyone attending the show. Our House of Delegates member, Wat-kins M. Abbitt, Jr., delivered a brief speech and welcome.
Everything fell into place from the get go. We had 99 exhibitors, coming from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Florida, with such exhibits as gas engines, tractors, antique cars and trucks, horses and horse drawn equipment, a Bateau from the James River Bateau Festival, corn shellers, and washing machines. We offered a 'Parade of Power' twice daily. We had food vendors offering everything from the 'World Famous Moore's Hot Dogs,' to Brunswick stew, funnel cakes, Philippine delight, baked goods, pinto beans, pork skins, and more.
We were entertained by four different bands from our area made up of some fine talented individuals. We had flea market vendors and crafters with everything from belts and hats to engine parts and so much more.
It made for a full fun-filled two-day event and an exciting weekend for everyone.
Stonewall is located in a rural part of Central Virginia off Highway 460. We are about 14 miles from the Historic Appomattox Surrender Grounds National Park, where our nation was reunited by the ending of the Civil War.
Stonewall is a very laid back community and the comradery between our members, exhibitors, and spectators is second to none. We started on the following Monday making plans for our third annual show to be held May 21 & 22, 1994.
I would like to once again thank everyone, from the exhibitors, spectators, local businesses, to club members, and all those involved that I may have failed to mention, for making the second annual Stonewall Antique Power Show and Swap Meet a truly successful event. I am looking forward to seeing all of you again at our third annual show in May, 1994.