Boone Show JULY 24 TO 26, 1998

| July/August 1999

Sec. Carolina Fly-Wheelers Engine Club 3841 Highway 421 S Boone, North Carolina 28607

Each year as I send in this article, I hesitate to call it a show report. While I do try to describe some of the events that I know about and/or find interesting, it seems to be next to impossible to get an accurate count. Many vendors do not register and many of the exhibitors don't register either, including some of our own club members! For what reason they do not do so is truly hard to comprehend. I suppose they're just too busy having a good time to bother with what they must consider trivial matters. Oh well! I guess it will continue to be a mystery.

Our '98 show opened on a sad note due to the death of the property owner where we hold this event, Mrs. Learon Keller. As quickly as we were able to do so, the club ordered an appropriate flower arrangement which was placed in her memory at the entrance gate with a note of explanation. I know she would have wanted us to continue with the show because she knew how much everybody enjoys themselves. She, and other family members, always attended our show when she was able. She was such a sweet, quiet lady; and what a beautiful memorial service. Mrs. Keller is survived by two daughters and three sons.

We might as well discuss the weather next and get that out of the way. According to our local radio station, the average high temperature for Boone is 78 degrees with the hottest it's ever recorded in Boone is 92 degrees. Our 19th annual was a 'clean show' again. Out of a near-drought-summer, on Friday afternoon we had a RAIN! The joke at the showgrounds, following about a two-hour-and-fifty-minute rain, became, 'Do you know how to make it rain in Boone?' The answer, 'Plan an engine show!' Everybody seemed to take the rain in stride, realizing that we desperately needed it and everyone has grown to expect it to happen sometime during the show. Of course, most of us will take that over the wind, cold weather, and SNOW that we occasionally experienced when we had our shows in October.

What records we have show that we had exhibitors, vendors and/or spectators from Florida to Colorado. Out park ranger decided to do something other than a split rail fence, which involved just as much manual labor. This time he took a rather large cherry log and hewed a very nice mantel, ideally suitable for a log cabin. He surely made lots of wood chips and shavings, as well as attracted lots of onlookers. Next to the park ranger was Neal Winebarger with quite a collection of small hit and miss gasoline engines. One of which he used to power a shingle mill. Neal and his dad Ben had Neal's display set up next to his uncle, Lynn Castle, who always attracts a lot of attention with his log saw rig. (It is featured in this year's 25th Anniversary Edition of the 1999 Steam and Gas Show Directory. See their picture on Page 13.) These are normally located across from the Hodges clan, whose active displays include corn meal grinding and antique wood lathe demonstrations. All of these are conveniently located next to the food service area.

We try to reserve the front row of 'gasoline alley' for our own club members. They seem to have more fun than anybody! Also, they can be easily located if they are needed. Then we have the various vendors who provide most everything from food to tarps. On down the line is the steam equipment. Raymond Scholl, along with his dad, Marvin, and J. C. Greene, pretty much take care of these displays.


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