The 17th Annual Antique Farm Engine & Tractor Association Show

| January/February 1999

Cylinder Delco

Ray Hill and Lew Rohrig with Ray's 1928 4 cylinder Delco.

18230 S. E. 3l5th St., Auburn, Washington 98092

The Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Club's Show at Roy, Washington, near Tacoma, is always a well-anticipated event the second weekend in July. This year's 17th show was no exception. For the week before the actual event, Paul Pearman, show chairman, along with Dennis King, club president, and a crew of club members were busy getting the rodeo grounds, where the show is held, ready for the event. Ted Anderson with his Oliver 77, and Wayne Brazee, Gary Ockfen, jr., Fred King, and Tom Dick, with the help of tractor pull chairman Derrell Cole, groomed the arena for the tractor pull and parade.

By 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, the Roy Rodeo Arena was full of tractors, engines, steam and hot air engines, old vintage trucks and cars, bicycles and motorcycles. The count isn't accurate, but at least 150 tractors and as many engines can be verified. There was a long row of antique trucks and cars as well.

Mary Anne Nettekoven and her crew of workers manned the parking lot, main and east gates. Helen Pearman and Melanie Caludio, along with other club members, registered and handled the information booth for the show.

There were three food concession stands on the grounds supplying lots of hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue beef sandwiches, and ice cream cones to the throngs of spectators and exhibitors. Most everyone had a basket of fresh Yakima cherries or apricots in hand that they had purchased from a vendor at the flea market. Men, women and children could be seen walking back and forth carrying bits and pieces of everything imaginable--old wheels, magnetos, pumps, engines in various degrees of readiness, shop rags, T-shirts, kitchen items, etc. that they had found at the big flea market which was organized by Bill Ide.

Anne Lambert was in place selling cookbooks that the club had put together as a fund-raising event. After years of sharing recipes at potluck dinners, which are a usual part of the club's meetings, it was decided to collect the recipes in a cookbook and make them available for all. Alice Corbin was nearby selling her hand-crocheted doilies. Helen Pearman, when not handling the information booth and registering new club members, was selling her hand-crocheted rugs and hats.