A Vermont Yankee at an Ozark Engine Show


| March/April 1995



2 HP Gade

2 HP Gade owned by David Niles, Little Rock, Arkansas

P.O. Box 6 Wilmington, Vermont 05363

Those of us who collect old engines and reside in the parts of the country where there are two seasons, winter and August, or winter and about six weeks of poor sledding, have a choice when the weather is blowing snow and 20 degrees below. We can fix a warm place to work on our treasures and get them ready for the next show season, or leave for the parts of the country where one does not have to put the sparkplugs in the oven during breakfast or pour boiling water into the water hopper to start the engine in the morning, and where engine shows are held all year long.

Having chosen the latter alternative, and with the assistance of the Coming Events section of the Gas Engine Magazine and the 1994 Show Directory, we attended the second annual Old Time Power Show, sponsored by the Central Arkansas Old Time Power Association, at the Court House Square, Sheridan, Arkansas, April 15 & 16, 1994. We attended on Saturday, the 16th, a beautiful day. The forecast for the 15th had been rather grim.

The show was truly in 'The Court House Square.' The two streets on each side of the courthouse were closed to allow space for the exhibits, which were also on the lawn and on the street in front of the courthouse.

The number of well restored items displayed was impressive. James W. Mann of Sheridan, the enthusiastic organizer of the show, stated that many area businesses had contributed to the support of the show. It was truly a community effort.

The exhibits included 96 engines, 17 automobiles and 10 tractors. Exhibitors came from Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.