'ADVANCE PLANNING ASSURES SUCCESSFUL STEAM-GAS ENGINE SHOW'


| March/April 1973



Waterloo Boy gas engine

Courtesy of Russell Moss, Hamilton, Missouri 64644..

Russell Moss

Cowgill, Missouri 64637.

Preparations for the North Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show and Demonstration's ninth annual affair began long before the Aug. 18-20 show dates. Much planning and paper work took place during the spring months and culminated with 1972's show being a big success, as witnessed by the 2,700 paid attendance.

Exhibitors began arriving in Hamilton Monday, Aug. 14, and all over the country various antique items were being removed from sheds, cleaned, painted and generally spruced up for showing. Women of the area were busily engaged in stitching up new dresses of old fashion design and restoring original creations belonging to mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, to be worn in the parade and during the three-day event.

Youngsters were properly impressed by the demonstrations of crafts of yesteryear and moms, dads and grandparents were often called upon to dredge up memories of 'when I was a kid.'

The business block of Hamilton fairly bustled with oldtime bargains at sidewalk sales with gaily dressed clerks and lots of that all-too-often forgotten commodity known in days gone by as--visiting.

TV programs, fast cars and modern conveniences such as air conditioning were left behind for awhile as young and old alike enjoyed displays of antique glassware, old coins, ceramics, candles, jewelry, foods, antique cars (like grandpa used to drive), 150 gas engines of every size, tractors and horsedrawn machinery and of course the demonstrations of threshing, straw baling, clover hulling, Baker fan competition and pony pulling contests.