I drive to most of the shows I attend, and this is one of the longer drives I make. More miles, and I usually jump on a plane. First of all, when I go to a show, I like to be able to have room for items for all the weather choices, because, as you know, you can experience many different weather conditions even at one given show. But second, road trips are awesome! There is so much to see along the way, whether it’s a natural or historic landmark, a fun sightseeing place you’ve heard or read about, or just something you happen to see because you are at the right place at the right time.
I love the history part of it all. Driving on Highway 36 heading east through Missouri, for this show, for example, I discovered that the town of Marceline, MO was the boyhood home of Walt Disney. And, I drive through Hannibal, home of Mark Twain. On my treks on this route, these four black bear statues guarding someone’s place near Hannibal, always greet me, all decked out in whatever garb suits the time of year.
On different past trips, I’ve stopped to see the house in Eldon, Iowa, that Grant Wood painted in the American Gothic painting, John Wayne’s birthplace home in Winterset, Iowa, as well as the covered bridges of Madison County, in Iowa. I’ve had my picture taken in front of a giant Santa in Santa Claus, Indiana, eaten supper at a castle in Geneva, New York, after oohing and ahing over Niagara Falls, sat in a giant rocking chair in the Amana Colonies in Iowa and stood beside the world’s largest baseball bat in Louisville, Kentucky. As they say, there’s a lot to see in your own back yard! I don’t really know who “they” are, but they say it
This trip was for the Eastern Ohio Two-Cylinder Expo in Springfield, Ohio. And I didn’t need my raincoat or boots for this one. “Hot and dry” was the phrase of the week, just like most of the country these days. This year’s features were standard tractors, Model H, 8020 Reunion and 110 Lawn & Garden tractors.
I visited with existing and new advertisers and collectors. I saw some nice John Deere tractors on display. This is a Model 101 EX, owned by Ron & Barb Koogler.
Here is a nice wagon at Pete’s Woody Trucks booth.
Check out this small-scale Deere combine! This guy has some amazing ability!
The highlight of the show for me was when I actually got to drive this 1959 John Deere 8020, owned and restored by John Craig of Mentone, Indiana. (Brave man, letting me get behind the wheel!)
The homemade ice cream made in a freezer powered by a John Deere gas engine is always a big hit although you had to really step up your game to eat it fast before it melted!
This show is held every other year in conjunction with the New York State Two Cylinder Expo in Canandaigua, which is held on the opposite years of the Ohio show. The 2013 show will be held in Canandaigua, New York, July 10-13.
See you down the road!