Local Engine Featured at A.C.A.E.C. Show


| March/April 1987



1912 Home Power

Robert J. Meredith

2121 Gageville Rd., R.D. 2 Ashtabula, OH 44004

The fifth annual show of the Ashtabula County (Ohio) Antique Engine Club was held July 5th and 6th, 1986 at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Don Dillon in Wayne Township. Five years may not seem to be much as milestones go, but to the members who formed the club and guided its growth and success over those five years, it was reason enough to make our 1986 show a special occasion.

Another reason for doing something extra was also at hand. 1986 marked the 175th anniversary of the founding of Ashtabula County, Ohio. Celebrations and historical displays were being held throughout the county all summer. During the year Ashtabula County Genealogical Society compiled and published a 650 page updated history of the county. Local newspapers were running historical articles and sketches throughout the year. There was an atmosphere of history and tradition in our county all year long, and we in the Antique Engine Club wanted to be a part of it.

In the months preceding our show dates, committees were formed and members appointed to them. Ideas were presented, discussed and voted on and plans finally took shape. All of these preparations are familiar to those of you who have helped put together an engine show.

The first decision we made was to do something a little different with our brass exhibitor placques. Our plaques have always been attractive, but this year we wanted them to be extra nice. The 1986 plaques were done in a special three-color design and pictured an Aultman & Taylor water wagon.

Because of the heightened interest in things of an historical nature, we expected a large turn-out of people at our show. Since our showgrounds are mostly unshaded, it was further agreed that we would provide an area where people could get out of the sun for a while if they wanted to and rest for a spell. This feature took the form of a large canvas canopy located midway along the display rows. Chairs and a water cooler were also provided in what came to be called the hospitality center. Interesting historical memorabilia were displayed in the hospitality center and space was made available for the genealogical society to sell their county history books. Club members were always on hand there to answer questions or be of other help. This addition to our show was well received by everyone, owing to temperatures in the low nineties on both show days. We hope to make it a regular part of our shows in the future.