Elk River Engine Days

| March/April 1984

  • Clarence Jackson's popcorn wagon
    Clarence Jackson's popcorn wagon.
  • Bartheld Collections
    Bartheld Collections: Mary, Jane, Jeff and Bob, the show hosts.

  • Clarence Jackson's popcorn wagon
  • Bartheld Collections

14018 NE 85th Street Elk River, Minnesota 55330

Elk River Engine Days one of the hottest shows in the country was held July 9-10, 1983. When we say that we have a real hot show, we not only mean action, but we also had the hottest weather of the summer.

As you remember, we have the show on the nursing home grounds (see story in GEM November-December 1983) and about the time that story came out, I approached the board of directors about having a two-day show. After some thought, I was given the green light to go. So I began contacting clubs and individuals to come and display in July. And, after many meetings throughout the winter and spring, we found the weekend upon us. Planning committee included myself, Jeff Bartheld, Mike Kroger, Ed Dressig, Tim O'Brian, Bonnie Johnson, Shirly Zwack and Dee Kratzke.

There was a terrible storm weeks prior to the show, but the Lord was looking out for us as we never even lost a limb on the new show grounds woods that we had so eagerly cleaned that spring.

On Friday about one, our exhibitors started setting up. By supper time we had about 15 campers moved in and we all had a good time talking and swatting mosquitoes. Saturday saw equipment coming in by the truck load.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jackson from Eau Claire, Wisconsin popped popcorn in their Cretor's popcorn wagon. My old buddy John Goldsmith and his wife were there with a real nice display of gas engines. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Holler from Richfield came with a load of engines and antique toys. Some other engine people included: Alex and Greg Novak, Dennis Waslosky family, Bob Street, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Middle stat, Ken Dauson, Gordy Nelson, Don Britt, Berk Rodgers, Mr. and Mrs. Rub Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson, Sr. and Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Helmer, Mr. and Mrs. John Barklow.