| February/March 1992

790 W. Blondy Jhune Rd., Lucas, Texas 75002

In December of 1989, I had the opportunity to purchase a basket case 801 Ford diesel tractor. I called my brother for advice on whether I ought to purchase it or not, since I am not familiar with diesels and I know he is a tractor nut. He lives in Ohio, but he said to go ahead and purchase it and he would come down and get it running for me, which he did. He told me I should join a Ford club-a club would provide the detailed information needed to restore my Ford to its original condition. To our amazement, we found out there is no Ford club we could contact for help.

So, my brother told me to attend some tractor shows, and that I would find fellow Ford enthusiasts who could help me out. For years, he has been trying to get me to attend the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show at Georgetown, with him, but distance is a problem. He's in Ohio, but I'm just north of Dallas, Texas. It just seems there is always something coming up to prevent me from doing so.

Well, in August of 1991, I attended my first antique tractor and machinery show in Georgetown, Ohio. It's ironic that I had to travel a thousand miles to find out where the serial number is on my 800 series 1958 or 1959 Ford tractor. It's either missing or covered up with paint, but I'll soon find out, when I get home. I talked to many people who wanted to help out. My brother says that's the way antique machinery people are.

In many ways the show was similar to things I've been exposed to and yet in many ways it was different. I've been to large flea markets quite often and have enjoyed searching for that once-in-a-lifetime find. I've eaten my way through them, sampling the many delicacies from corn-on-the-cob to barbecue, homemade ice cream to hot apple pie. I've seen, on occasion, those old one cylinder engines. At the Canton flea market in Canton, Texas they have a fairly large one cylinder engine that grinds flour and you can hear it all over the park going-pop-pop-pop-pop.

The Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show at Georgetown, Ohio was similar to all of this, and yet there was more. There were countless little one cylinder engines all going pop- pop. There were tractors older than I was, but looking and running like new. There were whole families participating. Some entered flower arrangements in a contest. There was quilting, broom-making, and weaving, bottle-gourd painting, butter-making to name just a few exhibits. Of course, there was entertainment-country music, square dancing, and clogging demonstrations, There were blacksmith demonstrations, and antique cars on display.


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