| September/October 1980

Claysville, Pennsylvania 15323

In spite of the gas crunch and the out-of-the-ordinary weather, the Washington County Antique Engines and Collectors Association 2nd Annual Exhibition was termed a success. Credit must be given to the members.

Opening exercises and a Sunday worship service were provided by Rev. John Nith from the Cumberland Gap area.

With the engines all gassed up and ready to go, the show began! Everywhere you looked all you could see and hear was the pop and bang of the intake and the exhaust. As the crowd began to grow, so did the enthusiasm. Spectators were treated to demonstrations of blacksmithing and a rather crude example of rope making. A shingle mill and quarter-scale model Farquhar sawmill provided everyone with souvenirs of their work. While mom and dad were busy watching the demonstrations, the kids greeted 'Big Bird' with smiles and giggles. They were treated to some candy and gifts and then quickly ran to catch the next ride on the horse-drawn wagon and surry.

After the ride, the children collected their parents and made their way to the two tee-pees displayed by the Buffalo Creek 'Coureaur De Boir' (french: backwoodsman). The group prides themselves on originality. Completely attired in their handmade buck skins, the members demonstrate the forgotten lifestyles of the mountain man. They dined on rabbit, venison and wild boar that was cooked over an open fire. They slept on the ground and inside the tee-pee. Some fine examples of muzzle loading and tomahawk and knife throwing left the spectators in awe!

Another distinctive feature of this particular show is the Saturday night weiner roast for exhibitors. All gathered around a bonfire roasting hot dogs and eating homemade ice cream. A country band was also on hand to brighten up festivities.


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