The 1990 Sandwich Show

| June/July 1991

Box 43 Somonauk, Illinois 60552

The 19th annual Sandwich Early Day Engine Club Antique Gas Engine, Tractor & Farm Toy Show was ALMOST a dry one, with a real good rain to soak us down during setup on Friday and threatening weather most of the day Saturday. We lucked out and Sunday was a beautiful day. I just hope for 1991 instead of rain every weekend we can hit Monday or Tuesday!

The engine exhibit area wasn't in the best of shape due to some tiling work by the Fair Association, but everyone managed to make the best of it.

With almost 400 engines for the two days, we had an excellent turnout. The Model Corner also was in good shape with 150 steam, 43 gas and four hot air models for a total of 197. Featured engine was an Independent Harvester Company of Piano, Illinois sideshaft engine restored by Robert P. Miller & Sons of Leland, Illinois. On display for the first time was a 1/5 scale model of Bob's 10 HP Sandwich engine that was made by James B. May of Sandwich. Jim did an excellent job of scaling everything down, including the ignitor, and getting it to work just perfect.

The tractor display held its own with 52 tractors and models. Featured tractor was the beautifully restored Avery owned by our club president, Dave Thompson of Sandwich. Because of the moisture situation, our exhibitors tractor pull and wagon backing contests weren't held on Saturday. The slow race on Sunday was kind of a 'catch as you can' affair, but from what I saw of it, Wayne Greenwood of Oswego, Illinois was the overall winner with his Empire. Thanks to the efforts of Charles 'Gus' Hanson of Sandwich, our Farm Toy Show has really taken off with 40 tables of displays and exhibits. The Land of Lincoln Barbed Wire Collectors and the International Corn Hook & Peg Collectors had a very interesting display. They have decided to move further east for their meeting. Many thanks for their displays in years past, and best wishes for the future.

The arts and crafts show and the flea market are growing again and promise to be even bigger and better next year. Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Sandwich served breakfast and dinner. The HO model railroad display of the Little Q Model Railroad Club of Aurora, and the saw mill owned and operated by Jim Simpson of Peru, were enjoyed by young and old alike.


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