The Golden Spread Antique Machinery Association

| January/February 1991

Submitted by Donald Sell, Rt 2, Box 15 Perryton, Texas 79070.

The roots of the Texas Panhandle's Golden Spread Antique Machinery Show go back over 17 years, when organization founder Donald Sell of Perryton, Texas, hauled his first old tractor to his farm with dreams of restoration. Now Sell is the owner of 55 restored antique tractors, scores of antique cars and trucks, and other antique items that are housed in his 14,000 square foot Country Time Antiques Museum. Restoration of the past has been a labor of love and step-by-step learning process as his craft and collection enthusiasm has filtered through a three-state area.

Restoration enthusiasts from Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma are the core members of the Golden Spread Association which now boasts Texas' second largest antique machinery show.

'We began 13 years ago and have grown from almost nothing up to more than 30 new exhibitors just this year,' Sell said. 'We have over 60 active members from all over. We meet three times a year and the September show has become our primary activity. We share expertise, information, parts and work together and we have found that you meet the real cream of the crop folks when you get into the antique machinery hobby.'

The Golden Spread Antique Machinery Association hosts its annual event 10 miles east and five miles south of Perryton, Texas in the top of the Texas Panhandle. The 1990 show featured threshing demonstrations, a huge small gasoline engine display, stationary engines, a steam powered antique saw mill, all highlighted by a two-hour parade bursting to the seams with antique equipment in all sizes, styles and uses.

The show is the only one in the nation that has a special section devoted to horse-drawn equipment in operating condition.