Fern stone Farm, Levels, West Virginia 25431
Pictured is a 1 HP Mogul. It is a left hand engine. Note that
all running operation is on left. Operates on kerosene. Exhibited
by Gene Hays, Williams burg, Maryland
Marvin Klair has done it again – bribed the weatherman for a
perfect weekend! A very nice assortment of good operating and
appearing engines were on hand.
For those of you who do not know Marvin’s lawn party first
hand: it is held on the front lawn and grounds of his home in rural
Wilmington, sponsored solely by the Klairs. There are no fees and
no association involved. This is a very relaxing weekend and
usually (this was the seventh) consists mostly of Marvin’s
friends and acquaintances (and their friends) who are interested in
gas engines and powered equipment. Generally some antique
automobile buffs come as Marvin has been involved in automobiles as
well. This year we got a wonderful tour in and around a Stanley
which stopped by to chat.
For the information of exhibitors: there are some more or less
permanent working exhibits on the site – a portable saw mill,
shingle mill, and a miniature railroad are usually operated. This
year there were water pumping exhibits operating – and a single
cylinder true diesel (German 1942). Tailgating of equipment-related
items is permitted. Hamburgers, etc. are available at lunchtime on
the patio. In addition, excellent meals are available at a
restaurant (open 24 hours) in the area. Parking is permitted along
side the exhibits and there is plenty of space for trailers, etc.
in the back field. Also available are water on tap, fuel within
approximately half a mile, and ready assistance from fellow
exhibitors. There is shade from the trees if you are early,
otherwise bring your own for the sun always shines at Marvin’s.
Some area boundaries are pre-roped, but bring your own if you want
your exhibit roped off separately for security or safety.
There are no formal audience control, security or operating
rules. Most of the action runs from about 10 A.M. to 6 or 8 P.M. As
I have said, this is a very relaxing weekend – one well worth a