THIRD ANNUAL Cowboy State Antique Steam & Gas Reunion

| May/June 1989

P.O. Box 209 Torrington, Wyoming 82240

The third annual Cowboy State Antique Steam and Gas Association Reunion was held on July 22nd and 23rd at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington, Wyoming. Although planning for the show began in earnest at the March 1988 meeting, club members met at the Goshen County University of Wyoming Research Station on July 5th to bind and shock wheat and barley for the threshing bee at the show. Members used a 1946 John Deere grain binder pulled by a 1936 John Deere A, both of which are owned by David and Morris Cronk. On July 16th the bundles were loaded onto wagons and taken to the fairgrounds. One of the wagons was pulled by a Belgian team, Dick and Dolly, owned by John Sterner and Steve Jepson.

The weather was hot and sunny both days of the show. The schedule of events for each day began with a flag raising ceremony by a local Boy Scout troop at 9:00 a.m. The gas engines were started and run throughout the day.

Highlights of each day included threshing with a John Deere threshing machine. In the morning, gas tractors were used to run the threshing machine. The following are some of the tractors used: a model 44 Massey-Harris owned by Brad Banta of Henry, Nebraska, a 1936 John Deere A owned by Terry Lofink of Torrington, Wyoming, a 1927 Farmall Regular owned by Morris and David Cronk of Torrington, Wyoming, and a 1945 John Deere A owned by Scott Hort of Lyman, Nebraska. In the afternoon the threshing machine was run by steam power provided by the Cronk brothers' 1917 Case 60 HP steam traction engine and Stan Wamhoff's 3/5 scale 16 HP Russell steam traction engine. The straw from the threshing was baled with two International stationary hay presses, both owned by the Cowboy State Antique Steam and Gas Association. One hay press is self-powered by an International engine and the other hay press is powered by a 6 HP John Deere gas engine owned by the Cronk brothers. The threshed grain was loaded in a Model T truck owned by Ross Jepson of Yoder, Wyoming. A tractor parade was held each afternoon, followed by a slow race on Friday. The tractor pull was held at 6:00 each evening. Some of the visitors and club members were used as weights on the sled the tractors pulled.

On Saturday, a tug-of-war was held between the 3/5 scale Russell steam traction engine and the children at the show. Although the children pulled as hard as they could, the steam traction engine won. The old time music for the show was provided by the Torrington Fiddlers' Association.

Free rides were provided throughout the show by several teams and wagons. Among these, a stagecoach with a six-pony hitch owned by H. H. Brooks of Ft. Laramie, Wyoming, a wagon with a four-pony hitch owned by Bob Davidson of Torrington, Wyoming, a wagon and team owned by Henri Cattin of Veteran, Wyoming, a wagon and Belgian team owned by Elwood Rave of Ft. Laramie, Wyoming, and a bundle wagon and Belgian team owned by Steve Jepson of Yoder, Wyoming, and John Sterner of Torrington, Wyoming.


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