Twenty-One Years And Aging Nicely

| June/July 2001

Sec., Carolina Fly-Wheelers, 3841 Highway 421 South, Boone, North Carolina 28607

About two weeks before the Boone Show, on Saturday, July 15th, at 7:00 o'clock in the morning, a small army of people outfitted with chain saws, pitchforks, lawn mowers, weed eaters, rakes, brooms and other appropriate equipment descended upon the show grounds for a work day. We had a tremendous turnout of workers that day, plus others continued sprucing up the area throughout the rest of the two-week period. As a result, the show grounds looked the best they have ever looked before a show.

Speaking of before the actual show, the month of June in our area saw nearly eight inches of rain! The first of July saw an inch-and-a-half of rain. I guess you know where this story is headed! For a solid week prior to the show, the weather channel called for thunderstorms everyday. I understand that during the show, July 28 and 29, some sort of front became stalled over the North Carolina coast and determined the whole state's weather condition. As luck would have it, we only had those thunder showers late in the day on both Friday and Saturday of our show. They were a little heavier on the second day, but that was when the majority of exhibitors were leaving. The 'dog days of summer' continued to heat up.

Boone's weather has been compared to Forrest Gump's box of chocolates you never know what you'll get! Just remember, you'll probably get wet and maybe cold; you'll probably also get hot, too; so don't forget your sunscreen and a hat, in addition to a change of clothes and a jacket or rain gear.

The size of our show seems to be growing and growing! It appears that once again we had the largest crowd ever. We were much impressed with the cooperation of most all involved: exhibitors, spectators, members, etc. Something that I was excited about was that we are beginning to educate our local residents with what we're about and many came to find out for themselves this year.

A couple from Gulfport, Mississippi, Bob and Rosie Hatten, were in our area camping. They read about our show in one of our local newspapers, saw our show signs, and came to check it out for themselves. I did not meet them, however, shortly afterward, I received a small package in the mail. They had double prints made of the pictures they had taken and sent the other set to our club. Of course, Curious Me, wanted to know how someone so far away just happened to be at our show and started to correspond with them. They had such a good time that they are going to try to come back again next year. That sort of thing is what makes engine shows so interesting! You meet some of the nicest, friendliest, 'down-home,' and basically honest people!


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