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Opportunity to Learn at Antique Engine Show
April 24, 2014 by John Parker | No Comments

In their recent newsletter "The Exhaust," edited by Ruth Lazor, members of the Ashtabula County Antique Club report many plans are made for a busy…

In their recent newsletter “The Exhaust,” edited by Ruth Lazor, members of the Ashtabula County Antique Club report many plans are made for a busy year ahead. The club has a large membership, not only from Ashtabula County, but also from surrounding counties and Pennsylvania.

With an overflow of various pieces of antique equipment, another building is needed. Club members are looking at ways of raising money to build this new facility. They are making plans to move some machinery around, according to president Henry Lipps, and to create a 1940s style dentist office. A building and engine from the Oil City area will be coming to the club grounds and they voted to accept another large air compressor.

Good weather will bring more work to the passenger depot and another Fairbanks diesel engine will be installed at the west end of their big engine building.

As Henry Lipps pointed out, the family farm of 75 acres is gone and the story of how we got where we are must be shared. Artifacts from years past must be preserved for future generations to understand the tremendous accomplishments of today’s agriculture.

Programs, activities and displays that the Antique Engine Club offer provide an opportunity for folks from all walks of life to learn more about how their ancestors farmed and the hard work involved. No matter where one lives, city, suburban or country, programs offered by the club will provide something of interest for everyone.

Coming up fairly soon is their Spring Gas Up to be held May 10 at the club grounds west of Wayne Center on Route 322. Along with this program will be a flea market on May 10 and 11.

The Native American Festival will be held at the Engine Club facilities June 20-22. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the Indian tribes that once lived in this country.

For their main event of the year, the club will be holding their big show July 4-6. All buildings and other facilities will be open and demonstrations and programs will be offered. Massey Harris tractors and international engines are featured at the show.

Good food will be available and entertainment will be ongoing in the grove east of their pavilion. It’s a great time, entertaining and educational, so put the dates on the calendar and plan to come out and enjoy the show.

A fall show will be held Sept. 20, along with a flea market Sept. 20 and 21. Club members enjoy a “farewell to summer potluck meal” on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.

To help raise money for improvements, the club is holding a raffle. First prize is a 1949 Massey Harris Pony tractor, restored by club members. This is a neat little tractor that was useful on small farms. Second prize is an International Harvester LB 1-1/2 horsepower hit and miss engine. According to Ruth Lazor’s newsletter, because of the compact size of this engine, it was handy for small jobs on the farm – even for running the farm wife’s washing machine.

Raffle tickets are available at club meetings and the May 10 Spring Gas-Up.

Club members are busy volunteering their time at regular work days during the spring months, getting the grounds ready for their shows and doing maintenance work. They are a busy and energetic group and are always looking for more help to get the work done.

Parker is an independent agricultural writer.

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